University Muslim Chaplain
Khalil Abdur-Rashid is the first full-time University Muslim Chaplain at Harvard University and Instructor of Muslim Studies at Harvard Divinity School. He serves all Muslim students at Harvard, supervises the staff of the Harvard University Office of the Chaplain and also serves on the Board of Religious, Spiritual and Ethical Life at Harvard.
He was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and completed his bachelor’s degree in social work from Georgia State University in 2002 and worked for the state of Georgia as a social worker for several years. He pursued Islamic studies academically and traditionally, which led him overseas to study for numerous years in the Middle East and Istanbul, Turkey. While in Istanbul, he pursued a master’s degree in comparative Islamic law at Marmara University and completed two Islamic seminary doctoral licenses in Islamic sciences.
Chaplain Abdur-Rashid holds both a Master of Arts in Islamic Law and Middle East Studies as well as a Master of Philosophy in Islamic Law and Middle East Studies from Columbia University in New York City. He has taught numerous courses on Islam and Islamic law at NYU and Columbia University and taught Arabic language at Georgia State University.
He was the first paid Muslim Chaplain for Columbia University and Barnard College in New York City and served as an advisor to the NYPD Police Commissioner. He also served as Imam for several years in New York City and several years as scholar-in-residence at a major Islamic center in north Dallas. He also worked as adjunct professor of Islamic studies in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Southern Methodist University. He is completing his academic doctoral degree in liberal studies and lives in Cambridge, Mass., with his wife and children.