Omer M. Mozaffar
Omer is the Muslim Chaplain. He addresses theological, personal, social matters for students of all sectarian outlooks. During the school year, he also runs classes on Scripture, Student Life, and other matters.
He has received Islamic studies training both through traditional and academic sources. He is a Lecturer in the Departments of Theology and Modern Languages and Literatures. He has taught at the University of Chicago and DePaul University, among other schools. He has taught courses on the Qur'an, the Sira, the Hadith, Islamic Law, Spirituality/Purification, Islamic revivalism, Islam and Politics, Sectarianism, al-Ghazali, Rumi, Iqbal, Arabic, Film, and Comparative religions.
Across the Muslim community, for nearly three decades, he has been giving sermons, officiating weddings, leading classes at Islamic centers. He has worked in deradicalization. He has given religious service to refugees. He has spoken out on behalf of survivors of sexual violence.
In 2009, the late film critic Roger Ebert named Omer one of his "Far Flung Correspondents." Omer has been writing film essays for RogerEbert.com.
In 2011, he was granted an "Excellence in Teaching Award in Humanities, Arts, and Sciences" through the University of Chicago's Graham School.
In 2017, he was named Loyola University's "Staff Member of the Year."
In 2018, he wrote as a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times in its "Just Relations" series.
In 2022, Loyola's department of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs awarded him the "Transformative Educator Award" for enhancing the success of underrepresented students.
When he is not at Loyola, he is still probably at work.
To see his letters and posts, visit the Muslim Chaplain's Corner.