Sheikha Zehra is a graduate from Al-Azhar University in Shari’ah (Islamic Law). She also has a B.A. in Islamic Studies from Mount Holyoke College and is currently pursuing her Masters in Comparative and contemporary Fiqh. A hafidha of the Quran with an ijaza in the recitation of Hafs an Asim, she has studied Arabic extensively at an advanced level. She has taught and developed courses in Arabic, Quran, and Islamic Studies to both youth and women.
She is currently an instructor at Mishkah University where she teaches Islamic Culture and The History of Legislation. She also conducted bi-weekly halaqas at the University of Massachusetts with the MSA sisters. Sheikha Zehra’s research interests include fiqh, contemporary fiqh issues, and the scholarship of women in Islam. Her senior thesis, “Conceptualizing Fitna: How the Opinions of Muslim Feminists Distort the Image of Islam Today” encompassed a comparison of the views of contemporary Muslim Feminists with classical portrayals of women from original Arabic texts and a critique of the validity of modern interpretations of women’s roles