Abtsam Saleh, HDS

Abtsam Saleh, HDS

Abtsam Saleh, HDS

Abtsam Saleh is a Yemeni-American Masters candidate at Harvard Divinity School. Her concentration is Islam, Ethics, and Politics, and she is currently researching the construction of masculinity in contemporary Salafism. She graduated with honors from the City University of New York, where she studied English Rhetoric and Literary Criticism, Religious Studies, and Philosophy, Politics and Society (PPS), concurrently completing a Human Rights Certificate from the Roosevelt Institute of Public Policy. During her undergraduate career, she spent time in the United Arab Emirates as a language tutor, interned as a campaign media monitor for Amnesty International USA, and worked as a research assistant for L’Hôpital Albert Schweitzer. Her experience in the NGO and nonprofit world merged with her social activism, encouraging her to create the organization Sisters for Sadaqa, a grassroots organization that promotes building bridges in local communities through acts of collective charity work. When not at school or work, she enjoys reading and writing poetry, drinking more coffee than is probably good for her, watching all-the-shows, and cuddling with her pets.