Al Nur's Advisor, Sharif Rosen
Sharif Rosen joined Dartmouth College as the Muslim and Multi-Faith Advisor in December 2013. Before coming to Hanover, Sharif spent nearly five years in Amman, Jordan where he directed student services at the Qasid Arabic Institute, a leading study-abroad center for college-age Arabic language students.
Alongside his professional work in Jordan, Sharif studied classical Arabic and the traditional Islamic sciences directly under distinguished scholars. His ongoing training focuses on Islamic spirituality, the sacred law of ritual worship, tenets of faith, Quran exegesis and recitation. He is authorized to teach Quranic recitation through an unbroken sanad to the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.
In the service of English-speaking Muslims, Sharif aspires to revive the connection Muslims have with traditional Islam, rooted at once in spiritual cultivation and an authentic legal framework. For the latter, Sharif’s current projects include translating for publication a practical, reliable guide to purification and prayer written by the Amman-based specialist on Shafi’i jurisprudence, Dr. Amjad Rashid.
For Dartmouth's Muslim students, Sharif is dedicated to supporting them through counseling, mentoring, and advising on Al Nur programming. He envisions Al Nur further enhancing its role as an open, embracing home for Muslim students, and an active member in campus life, community service, and inter-faith engagement.
Prior to going abroad, Sharif led community relations for the UMMA Community Clinic in Los Angeles, California.
Sharif is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he graduated magnum cum laude as a history major. He converted to Islam in 2002.
ABOUT THE ADVISOR POSITION
Al-Nur has had an advisor since its inception as a Dartmouth organization in 1983. For over two decades, the advisor was a volunteer; sometimes a faculty member, or a committed local community member. More recently, the advisor has been a paid employee of the Tucker Foundation. The original position within the Tucker Foundation was known as the “Muslim Advisor,” and it was a part-time role. It was first held by Irfan Aziz (2006-2007), and then R. David Coolidge (2008-2009), who both commuted to campus from over two hours in order to fulfill their duties. Responding to student requests to expand the position, the Tucker Foundation created a new full-time position, entitled the “Advisor for Campus Muslim Life and the International Service & Education Programs.” This is a joint position which emphasizes both aspects of Tucker’s mission, namely “faith” and “service,” and which will provide a new level of support to the Al-Nur student leadership. Dawood Yasin was the first individual to serve Al-Nur and the Dartmouth community in this new, expanded role.
Since Dawood's departure from Dartmouth, Sharif inherits a role that has evolved further still into the "Muslim and Multi-Faith Advisor" which entails supporting the campus' Muslim community, and facilitating the Tucker Foundation's multi-faith initiatives serving the entire student body. The latter includes weekly events like Multi-Faith Conversations, affinity housing groups like the Inter-Faith Living and Learning Community and trips like the Faith-in-Action Alternative Spring Break.