Islamic Center Of Nashville

Dr. Ossama Bahloul

Imam Ossama Bahloul, Ph.D

On April 15, 2016, Imam Ossama Bahloul, Ph.D. became ICN’s first Resident Scholar, after serving as the Imam of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro since April 2008. In his new role as Resident Scholar, Imam Ossama will continue to guide the religious vision of the Islamic Center of Nashville (ICN), deliver the majority of Friday sermons and lectures, and represent our community in the public sphere locally.

At the same time, this new role will allow Imam Ossama the flexibility to fully take on serving and representing the American-Muslim community on a much grander scale by serving on the Fiqh Council of North America and as the Muslim Chaplain at Vanderbilt University. We at ICN are delighted to share our scholar with the greater Nashville community and the Fiqh Council, and we are excited about what new possibilities Imam Ossama will bring to our growing community.



Imam Ossama Bahloul, Ph.D., the Resident Scholar of the Islamic Center of Nashville, comes to Nashville with a wealth of experience and knowledge.

Imam Ossama is a graduate of the renowned Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his BA in Islamic Studies, as well as his Master’s degree and ultimately his Ph.D. Dr. Bahloul completed his Ph.D. in Comparative Religions. His thesis titled Critique of Christian Issues within Will Durant’s “The Story of Civilization” is widely acclaimed.

Dr. Bahloul’s passion in comparative religions has fueled over 16 years of experience in interfaith dialogue and numerous public corroborations with both Muslim organizations and religious leaders from other faiths. As an academic, he has worked on peer-reviewed research and has traveled extensively, lecturing at the university level about critical interfaith issues facing Muslims.

As an Imam, Dr. Ossama has gained knowledge, experience, and insight in guiding community members to achieve their Islamic educational and spiritual goals. Dr. Bahloul’s unwavering commitment, enthusiasm and perseverance for the educational and spiritual growth and wellbeing of his community have culminated in his induction into the Fiqh Council of North America.

Prior to his tenure at the Islamic Center of Nashville, Dr. Bahloul was the Imam at the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro where he led and supported the community through severe islamophobic attacks while building the only mosque in Murfreesboro, all of which was covered extensively by local and national media.

Above all, Dr. Bahloul is a devoted and loving husband to his wife Ivey Bahloul, and a caring, compassionate father to his three beautiful children Jana, Adam, and Nora.

Imam Ossama in the Press

* Introduction to the Sacred Texts, God’s Books Conference in 2013 ... Click Here

* CNN: Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door with Soledad O’Brien 2011 ... Click Here

* Channel 5 Plus: MorningLine in Nashville, TN ... Click Here

* ABC: This Week with Christian Amanpour October 2010 ... Click Here

* The Gift of Difficulty ... Click Here

* Time article March 2016: Imam: Why I Support the Little Sisters’ Right to Religious Freedom
written by Imam Ossama Bahloul
... Click Here

* "God's Books": Interreligious Dialogue Conference in Murfreesboro, TN May 2014 ... Click Here

* The Politics of (Mere) Presence: The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, Tennessee 2014 ... Click Here

* Understanding Shariah Law — Tennessee Experts Say It’s Not For Amateurs November 2015 ... Click Here

* Imam Bahloul: Community is Everyone ... Click Here

* Tennessee Islamic Center delayed on procedural technicality June 2012 ... Click Here