Asra Q. Nomani
Asra Q. Nomani is an Indian-American journalist, author and activist known for her controversial work in the Islamic feminism and reform movements. She currently co-leads the Pearl Project at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., investigating the murder of Daniel Pearl, a close friend and colleague her's. There she teaches investigative journalism while working with students to uncover the full truth behind Pearl's kidnapping and murder. The project's findings will be published by the Center for Public Integrity in early 2010. Nomani worked for 15 years as a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. She is the author of two books, Tantrika: Traveling the Road of Divine Love and Standing Alone: An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam, and her work and life are featured in the documentary The Mosque in Morgantown. Nomani was born in Bombay, India and raised in Morgantown, West Virginia. She graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in journalism.