Anse Tamara Gray, founder of Rabata, joins me to talk about her background, Rabata and Project Lina. The Project Lina Workshop is a 9-session workshop for Muslim female converts to Islam. It is divided into three main modules – Know Yourself, Declare Independence, and Tend Your Ties. These are representative of some of the issues and problems Muslim converts deal with today.
Topics Mentioned In This Episode:
- What is the meaning of Rabata?
- Difference between “Revert” and “Convert” (Sister Gray’s pet peeve)
- Daybreak Press
- @Rabata (Twiter)
- The Project Lina
- Challenges that female converts face
- Ribaat Program
About Anse Tamara Gray
Anse Tamara is a doctoral student in the Leadership, Policy and Administration program at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She holds a master’s degree in Curriculum Theory and Instruction, and works in the field of education, focusing on instruction, curriculum design and implementation, administration, and teacher training.
She lived in Syria for twenty years, studying sacred knowledge and traveling along the road of tarbiya (spiritual upbringing). Anse Tamara studied a full curriculum of Islamic sacred texts and subjects including: Shāfiʿī jurisprudence (fiqh), Islamic theology (ʿaqīda), Quranic sciences (tafsīr and tajwīd), Arabic grammar (naḥū), geography of the Muslim world, Islamic civilization and culture, Islamic history and classical methods of spiritual growth (tazkiya). Her specialty area is the life of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him (sīra), which she studied in-depth with the foremost sīra scholar of our time. She is fluent in both spoken and classical Arabic and received her ijāza in the recitation of Quran from the late Shaikh Muḥyī al-Dīn al-Kurdī in 1997.*