Mohammad Qatanani, Ph.D.

Mohammad Qatanani is Professor of Islamic Studies. He has been the Imam of the Islamic Center of Passaic County in New Jersey since 1996, one of the largest Islamic centers on the east coast. Dr. Qatanani received a bachelor’s degree in Islamic Legislation and Jurisprudence in 1985 from the University of Jordan as well a master’s degree in Islamic Jurisprudence in 1989 with a thesis entitled, “The effect of differences throughout time on the change of rulings.” He also received a Ph.D. in Islamic Jurisprudence the University of Jordan in 1996 with a thesis entitled, “Justice and its implementation in Islamic Jurisprudence.”  Dr. Qatanani is a Member of the Fiqh Council of North America, one of the founders of the Imams Council of Tri-State Area. (New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut), the President of the Islamic Education Foundation of New Jersey (2004-2005), and Professor of the Islamic American University. He is also one of the founders of WAFAA house (Women Against Family Abuse).  Dr. Qatanani is a Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Montclair State University (New Jersey) and has been recognized to be among the top teachers in America by “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.” Dr. Qatanani has received many awards and recognitions, including the “Ambassador for Peace” award by The Inter-religious and International Federation for World Peace and a Special commendation from the City of Paterson and County of  Passaic, New Jersey. He is a member of several interfaith outreach and dialogue organizations and founder of “Muslim-Christian Dialogue of New Jersey.”

Religious Affiliation
  • Muslim (Imam)
 General Areas of Interest
  • Interfaith issues
  • Islamic jurisprudence
Specialized Areas
  • Jurisprudence of minorities
  • Marriage and family
  • Muslim-Christian dialogue 
  • Quranic Tajweed
  • Arabic
  • English
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