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Nora is the interfaith chaplain at Dominican University. She grew up with an American mother who was raised Catholic but converted to Islam before Nora was even born and an Arab Muslim father. Thus, she has been exposed to an interfaith (Muslim and Christian) extended family from a young age. Additionally, her parents were actively involved in interfaith groups and Nora has memories as a young girl going to different religious places of worship. This inspired her love of religious diversity and her commitment to ensuring that religious and spiritual needs of all people are met. 

Nora received a Master of Divinity (MDiv) from the University of Chicago (2017), an MA in Religious Studies from Chicago Theological Seminary (2024) and holds a BA from the University of Florida (2013) in Arabic, Religion and Political Science. Nora brings to this role as the University Chaplain, Interfaith Relationship at Dominican University experience as a college chaplain and program manager for various non-profit organizations. She worked as the Muslim chaplain at Vassar and Bard Colleges. Additionally, she has experience with several non-profit organizations including the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, Rural Women's Health Project and United Voices for America. Nora interned at Dominican University in 2016 and American Islamic College in 2017 as a student chaplain while pursuing her Master of Divinity. She has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East and is fluent in Arabic. She is learning Turkish, loves watching foreign films in addition to discovering and tasting global cuisine. Nora is also the founder of MyMuslimChaplain, which offers extensive chaplaincy workshops, services and other consultation.

Selected Publications

Zaki, N. (2024). [Review of the book Musings of a Muslim Chaplain by S. Kholaki]. The Journal of Islamic Faith and Practice, 5(1). 

Zaki, N. (2023). Methodologies of Tazkiyat al Nafs in Sufism. In Holt, A. (Ed.), Religion and World Civilizations: How Faith Shaped Societies from Antiquity to the Present [3 volumes], 2: Medieval and Early Modern Worlds
Medieval Europe (1000–1450). Bloomsbury Academic. Retrieved from Religion and World Civilizations: How Faith Shaped Societies from Antiquity to the Present, 4 Vols

Zaki, N. (2019). Intimate Strangers. One Nation, Indivisible: Seeking Liberty and Justice from the Pulpit to the Streets. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers.


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