Syed Atif Rizwan, PhD
Assistant Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies
Associate Director of the Catholic-Muslim Studies Program
Syed Atif Rizwan grew up in New Jersey and completed his undergraduate studies at Rutgers University, where he majored in Economics and minored in Chemistry. After graduation, he spent 8 years in the financial services industry, during which time he worked in New Jersey, New York, and Los Angeles. In 2009, he matriculated in Claremont Graduate School’s Master’s in Islamic Studies program, and upon completion of his MA in 2011 he enrolled in the Islamic Studies doctoral program at the University of California, Los Angeles. He graduated from UCLA in June of 2018 and his dissertation title is “The Resurrection of Stoning as Punishment for Zinā in Islamic Criminal Laws: From Zinā Flogging in the Qur’ān to Zinā Stoning in the Islamic Legal Tradition.” In his project, he examines the beginnings of the process by which stoning became an Islamic punishment for certain forms of illicit sexual intercourse in the Islamic legal tradition. Syed’s primary interests are in ḥadīth studies, Islamic jurisprudence and laws, the intersection of law and ethics, Islamic criminal laws, and Islamic philosophies of punishment.