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Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations

Celene Ayat Lizzio


Celene Ayat Lizzio is a Faculty Associate of the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College, a lecturer in Islamic studies at Episcopal Divinity School, and a fellow of the Center for Inter-Religious and Communal Leadership Education at Andover Newton Theological School and Hebrew College. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Arabic and Islamic Civilizations in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University, alongside a degree in Women’s and Gender Studies. She earned a Master of Divinity Degree from Harvard Divinity School in Islamic Studies and completed a bachelor’s degree with highest honors from Princeton University’s Near Eastern Studies Department. Ms. Lizzio has published widely and has been recognized as a Harvard Presidential Scholar and a fellow in Religion, Diplomacy and International Relations at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, among other distinctions.

Ms. Lizzio has written numerous articles and book chapters that explore the intersections between religion, gender, family law, feminist theology, and sexuality. Her recent publications include: “Religion, Gender, and Family Law: Critical Perspectives on Integration for European Muslims,” with Zainab Alwani, in Muslim Family Law in Western Societies, edited by M. S. Berger (Leiden University Press), and “Women’s Leadership in North American Islam,” with Shenila Khoja-Moojli, in Religious Leadership, edited by S. H. Callahan (Sage) as well as an essay in the recent anthology Muslima Theology: The Voices of Muslim Women Theologians, edited by Elif Mendeni, Ednan Aslan, and Marcia Hermansen (Peter Land Verlag). Her essays and editorials appear in a variety of publications includingThe Harvard IndependentThe Daily PrincetonianThe Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World, theJournal of Muslim World Affairs, Multicultural America, and the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women, among others. She lectures frequently at women’s and interreligious gatherings in the Greater Boston area and beyond.