Dr. Nahid Angha, PhD, is co-founder of the International Association of Sufism (IAS), the main representative of IAS to the United Nations (NGO/DPI), and the first Muslim woman inducted to the Marin Women's Hall of Fame. She is Executive Editor of the journal Sufism, An Inquiry, and founder of the international Sufi Women Organization (SWO).
The daughter of Moulana Shah Maghsoud, the twentieth century Persian Sufi of the Uwaiysi School of Sufism, Dr. Angha was the first woman appointed to teach in her father's school, and later the first woman ever to sit in the inner circle council with Muslim leaders from around the world to lead meditation at the annual Sufi Symposium. In 2000, she earned UNESCO's "Messenger of Peace" award for her work as a humanitarian leader.
An internationally published author, featured in media and publications including White Fire: A Portrait of Women Spiritual Leaders in America and Women in Sufism: A Hidden Treasure, she is one of the major Muslim scholars of the present time with over fourteen published works. Her dedication to peace has led her to serve in various leadership roles in large-scale international interfaith organizations. Dr. Angha has given lectures and taught classes nationally as well as internationally. Locally, she established a partnership with Dominican University that resulted in an annual Building Bridges of Understanding Series.
Dr. Angha's international leadership roles also include:
- President of the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Center at the Presidio
- Assembly member of the Parliament of the World Religions, Cape Town, S. Africa and Barcelona, Spain
- Member of a committee to represent San Francisco Bay Area interfaith community to the Goldin Institute, Manresa, Spain
- Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for World Religions
- Member of the Organizational Design team of the United Religions Initiative (URI)
- Founding member of the URI Council for Women
- Founding and Board Member for the Foundation for Advancement of Women in Religion
- Scholar Advisor for the Interfaith Sacred Spaces Design Competition, Barcelona, Spain