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Debra Majeed, professor of religious studies and the Edwin F. Wilde, Jr. Distinguished Service Professor, is the first African-American woman and first Muslim to earn tenure at Beloit College. Majeed has made an indelible impact through her teaching and scholarship in the areas of religious studies, Islamic studies, cultural and identity studies, and womanist studies. As both scholar and practitioner, Majeed forged a path for greater public awareness of Islam, the American Muslim experience, African American Muslim perspectives, and gender and Muslim identity.

For more than 20 years, Majeed’s teaching and scholarship have transformed communities. Her students speak well of her contributions through the Underkofler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at Beloit College, an honor based on student nominations that Majeed received in 2017.

Dr. Majeed has authored numerous articles, book chapters, and, most notably, a full-length manuscript Polygyny: What it Means When African American Muslim Women Share Their Husbands, published by University Press of Florida (2016). She earned her undergraduate degree from Pepperdine University, her M.A. and M.Div. from Fuller Evangelical Theological Seminary, and her Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

Dr. Majeed is a member of the Board of Directors of the Daughters of the African Atlantic Fund who serves currently as Treasurer. The Daughters congratulates Dr. Majeed on this momentous retirement. Let it be glorious!

Follow this exciting feature that celebrates Dr. Majeed’s journey to retirement in the Wisconsin Muslim Journal: