Deen Arts Foundation Team


Inayet F. Sahin


Ms. Sahin is a founding member and Executive Director of the Deen Arts Foundation, and the North American agent of Mr. Haji Noor Deen. A former president of Muslim Youth of North America (MYNA), she is passionate about the Islamic fine arts, is fluent in English and Turkish and can converse and read Arabic.

Dr. Kashif Irfan


Dr. Irfan is a founding member of the Deen Arts Foundation and is Chairman of its Board of Directors. He specializes in Interventional Pain Medicine, and is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and operated multiple companies in several different areas. He has been a patron of Muslim artists and supporter of the Islamic sacred arts for 20 years.

Dr. Naeel Cajee


Dr. Cajee is a Harvard-trained endodontist and board member of the Deen Arts Foundation. He is a hafiz and cantillator of the Qur’an and a longtime apprentice of Mohamed Zakariya and other master artists. He brings first-hand knowledge of Islamic arts pedagogy and an intimate knowledge of the fine arts scene in Istanbul.

Dr. Oludamini Ogunnaike


Dr. Ogunnaike is an assistant professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia and a board member of the Deen Arts Foundation. He teaches courses on Islam, Islamic Philosophy, Spirituality, and Art, as well as African and African Diasporic Religions. He holds a PhD in African Studies and the Study of Religion from Harvard University, and spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University's Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies.

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