First American woman to translate the Quran into English, WISE Shura Council Member
Laleh Bakhtiar holds a BA in History from Chatham College, Master’s degrees in Philosophy and Counseling Psychology and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. Bakhtiar is also a Nationally Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Psychotherapist in the State of Illinois. She is co-author of A Sense of Unity: The Sufi Tradition in Persian Architecture (University of Chicago Press) and author of SUFI Expressions of the Mystic Quest (Thames and Hudson), three volumes of God’s Will Be Done on Moral Healing and some 15 other books on various aspects of Islam. Bakhtiar has become the leading authority on the Sufi origins of the Enneagram. She has also translated over 30 books on Islam and the Islamic movement into English. Bakhtiar is the first American woman to translate the Quran. In her Sublime Quran translation she interprets the controversial verse that has lead to domestic violence in the Islamic community to the way the Prophet understood it. Instead of husbands being allowed to beat their wives, she translates: “husbands should go away,” let the anger subside and then consult with one another. Bakhtiar is presently Director of the Institute of Traditional Psychology and In-House Scholar at Kazi Publications. She has taught Islam at the University of Chicago.