Nihal Ahmad Khan is a regular writer and speaker on the Islamic sciences, community building, interfaith dialogue, and mental health awareness. He holds a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from the Hartford Seminary, wherein he wrote a thesis titled “Discerning Mental Health in the Medieval and Modern Islamic Traditions.” During this time, he completed coursework and research at Harvard Divinity School through the Boston Theological Institute. Nihal received an ‘alimiyyah degree in the traditional Islamic sciences from Dār al-’Ulūm Nadwat al-‘Ulamā in Lucknow, India. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Business from Montclair State University, wherein he served on the board of the Muslim Students Association between 2013-2014.
Currently Nihal works as the Director of Religious Affairs at the Islamic Center of Connecticut located in the greater Hartford area. Similarly, he was selected as a fellow to participate in the 2019 seminary program of the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE). The program was based in Germany and Poland and examined how clergy and religious leaders behaved when the Nazis occupied Europe.
Previously, Nihal has served the Center for Muslim Life at Yale University as a guest instructor, the West Cobb Islamic Center in Marietta, Georgia as an Imam, and youth director at Darul Islah in Teaneck, New Jersey. As of recent, Nihal has been actively teaching the following seminars: “This Land is Your Land: A History of Muslims in America,” “Renavigating: An Explanation of Surah Fatihah,” and “Hindustan: A Journey through India’s Islamic History and Legacy.”