(Meet Mago Contributor) Shireen Qudosi

Shireen QudosiFor over a decade, Shireen has been involved in efforts highlighting the need for a proponent of progressive Islam. She’s recognized as one of the top 10 North American Muslim reformers through her blog Qudosi Chronicles (the first Muslim blog to integrate Jewish voices), articles, speaking engagements, and the cultivation of a diverse network of secular activists within the Muslim subculture. Shireen’s experience has given her a rare expertise in forecasting where the conversation among the world’s leading thinkers and innovators is heading—while rising to the challenge of being an essential voice in the modern discourse. Shireen brings a unique global view: she was raised across three continents, merged three unique cultures into one evolving identity, and picked up six languages along the way.

Her family was smuggled out of Afghanistan during the Soviet coup. In Pakistan, they faced additional complications before traveling to Iran and finally seeking asylum in Germany in 1985, and later settling in California. Given her own personal experience, Shireen has a heightened understanding of the challenges that both Europe and refugees face in the current crisis.

An unlikely combination of futurist and spiritualist, Shireen is Sufi Muslim—a type of gnostic Muslim most hated by Wahhabis even above their hatred of Jews. Shireen deeply believes Islam is at a crossroads and all Muslims must wage a psychological war that annihilates old ideas to birth a new consciousness; there’s no recourse with selective interpretation or rhetoric. The situation requires predatory focus on the real problem found in Islam’s origin story. It may seem like an impossible battle, but with a genealogy that includes Mongols, Greeks, and Rajput warriors, taking on impossible battles is part of her genetic makeup.

Shireen’s career spans across education and marketing. She’s worked as teacher, challenging conventional education models and supporting education reform, and has led her own team of marketing creatives through Qudosi Creative Partners, pushing thought leadership through targeted messaging in the areas of education and behavioral health.

Shireen is an advisor for Women’s Voices Now and she is on the board of The La Habra Boxing Foundation. Shireen attended the School of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine, graduating with a B.A. in English and Political Science. She also attended California Western School of Law before leaving to pursue self-study in theology and journeying on a path for reform. Follow her on Twitter @ShireenQudosi