Middle Eastern Studies Program
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Atiya Aftab, Esq. received her Bachelor of Arts Degree, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1988, majoring in Political Science (Pi Sigma Alpha) from Rutgers College. She went on to Rutgers Law School in Newark and graduated with her Juris Doctorate Degree in 1991. After law school, she held an Appellate Division Clerkship with the Hon. James H. Coleman, Jr., then Presiding Judge Appellate Division and now retired Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. Atiya then joined Robinson, St. John &Wayne as an associate. She went on to represent the Department of Banking and Insurance as a Deputy Attorney General. She currently maintains her own practice providing pro bono representation to non-profit corporations. Atiya is also an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University, Department of Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies Program and teaches “Islamic Law and Jurisprudence” and “Islam and Muslim Institutions.”
In 2014, Atiya was appointed to the Rutgers University Board of Overseers that governs the Rutgers University Foundation, whose mission is of excellence in education, research and public service and she recently became a member of the Rutgers University Bias Prevention and Education Committee.
Atiya has been a member of the Islamic Society of Central Jersey’s (ISCJ) Board of Trustees and Overseers for over 15 years and was the first woman Chair of the ISCJ Board. She co-found the New Jersey Muslim Lawyer’s Association and has been its Vice-President and Treasurer. She is also an active member of the Islamic Society of North America’s Masjid Development Committee and a co-founder of the Shia Sunni Alliance of NJ.
Atiya is also involved in interfaith work and is the co-founder and current Chair of the Board of Directors of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, a non-profit organization that promotes Muslim Jewish women’s interests. Recently, Atiya was appointed as Chair to the Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers University, whose mission is to convene the Muslim Chaplain at Rutgers University.
Atiya was a member of Attorney General Peter Harvey’s Arab and Muslim Advisory Committee (Chair, Education and Training for Law Enforcement Subcommittee) and was a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns for 10 years. She is also Chair of the South Brunswick Women’s Commission and is responsible for organizing its yearly leadership conference.
Atiya has spoken at numerous forums on topics related to Islam including police training centers, places of worship, universities, hospital, community forums, radio addresses, etc.