Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Cofounder and Codirector of the International Association of Sufism
Hijri Unknown-Present (AH); Common Era Unknown-Present (CE)
Nahid Angha is the cofounder and codirector of the International Association of Sufism (IAS), the Executive Editor of the quarterly journal, Sufism: An Inquiry, and founder of the International Sufi Women Organization. She is the main representative of the IAS to the United Nations (NGO/DPI), and her work for global peace earned the IAS the "Messenger of Manifesto 2000" recognition by the UNESCO. She is the first Muslim woman inducted to the Marin Women's Hall of Fame in 2005. An internationally published author, she is one of the major Muslim writers and scholars of the present time with over fourteen published books, and she has compiled a series of biographies of contemporary Sufi Women. Her dedication to peace has led her to serve in various leadership roles in large-scale international interfaith organizations. Dr. Angha has given lectures and taught classes nationally as well as internationally. This includes speaking engagements at the United Nations, the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford, the Smithsonian Institute, State of the World Forum Conference: San Francisco, Parliament of the World Religions Conferences: Cape Town and Barcelona.