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About AOU’S Faculty

The AOU faculty is composed of men and women who are highly respected in their fields. Our faculty members are passionate and curious individuals who continue their own research and continue advancing in their area of expertise while teaching at AOU. They come from across the United States and throughout the world, bringing with them a wealth of knowledge.

Professor of Western Philosophy: Daniel Haqiqatjou

Daniel Haqiqatjou



Professor of Western Philosophy


Daniel Haqiqatjou (pronounced: Ha-qee-qat-joo) was born in Houston, Texas. He attended Harvard University where he studied Physics and Philosophy. He later completed a Masters degree in Philosophy. Haqiqatjou writes and lectures on contemporary issues surrounding Muslims and modernity. He has spoken at universities and mosques around the world and his work has been featured in outlets such as The Washington Post, The Atlantic, CNN, Aljazeera, Public Discourse, Mashable, and First Things.

Professor of Islamic Studies – Fiqh and Financial Contracts: Dr. Ali Saadi

Dr. Ali Saadi



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Professor of Islamic Studies – Fiqh and Financial Contracts


Dr. Ali Saadi earned his Bachelors Degree in Law & Justice from Umm Al-Qura University in Mekkah, Saudi Arabia.  He earned his Masters Degree and his Ph.D. in Fiqh and Fundamentals from Umm Al-Qura University in Mekkah, Saudi Arabic.

Professor of Islamic culture – Research Methods – Teaching Methods: Dr. Saleh M. Nusairat

Dr. Saleh M. Nusairat



Professor of Islamic culture – Research Methods – Teaching Methods


Dr. Nusairat earned his Bachelors Degree in Arabic Language and Education from the University of Jordan in Amman, Jordan.  He earned his Masters Degree in Applied Linguistics from New York University in New York and He earned his Ph.D. in Doctorate of Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Professor of Comparative Jurisprudence and Foundations of Jurisprudence: Dr. Marwan Saad Dien

Dr. Marwan Saad Dien

PhD Doctor: Dr. Marwan Saad Dien

Professor of Comparative Jurisprudence and Foundations of Jurisprudence


Dr. Marwan Saad Dien earned his both his Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree at the College of Arts Department of Arabic Language & Literature from Ayn shams University in Egypt. He earned his Ph.D. in the Department of Near Eastern Studies with a Major in Islamic Studies and a Minor in Islamic History.

Ph.D. Professor of Islamic Law: Dr. Benaouda Bensaid

Dr. Benaouda Bensaid


Professor of Judicial Systems


BENAOUDA BENSAID is a lecturer at Effat University Jedah Saudi Arabia. Bensaid earned his Bachelor Degree (Hons.) in Islamic Law (Usul al-Fiqh) from Algeria, Masters Degree from International Islamic University Malaysia, and Ph.D. from the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, Canada. He worked previously at the International Islamic University Malaysia. Bensaid has published a numerous of academic papers on various issues of Islamic studies.