Supporting inspirational individuals and organizations serving humanity.
Hub Foundation is a non-profit organization striving to empower and inspire individuals and communities through providing greater access to education and other resources that nourish the mind, body, and soul.
Hub Foundation will award up to 15 scholarships to students in Islamic Studies and related fields. Scholarship recipients receive $5,000, $10,000 or $20,000. We accept scholarship applications from graduate and undergraduate students at universities and colleges in North America and Europe. We aim to support students committed to both academic excellence and community service.Learn More
Hub Foundation accepts grant applications from organizations and institutions that provide education, food, housing, and other resources to underserved individuals and communities. While we focus on partnering with non-profit organizations and institutions in the Bay Area, we do also consider a limited number of applications from organizations that are making a difference in other locations.Learn More
Hub Talks is a forum for established scholars, artists, and luminaries, as well as up-and-coming leaders whose ideas and work deserve attention and support. Through our live talks, roundtable discussions, and musical performances, we aim to amplify voices of conscience who are committed to creating a more peaceful and just world.
Hub Talk: Compassion in Islam
by Karen Armstrong
Hub Foundation is a non-profit organization located in San Ramon, California. We strive to empower and inspire individuals and communities through providing greater access to education and other resources that nourish the mind, body, and soul. We aim to gather and uplift positive Muslim voices and people of all faiths who are committed to seeking knowledge, loving thy neighbor, and serving humanity. Hub Foundation supports conscientious and gifted students and teachers through providing scholarships and grants, hosting talks and roundtable discussions, and other philanthropic projects.
Founder and CEO
Zachary Markwith is a doctoral candidate in Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He earned an MA (cum laude) in Comparative Religious Studies at the George Washington University and a BA in Islamic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research and teaching interests include Muslim sacred texts (Quran, Hadith, and ahadith qudsiyyah) and spiritual traditions (ihsan, 'irfan, and tasawwuf), intrafaith and interfaith relations and dialogue, just war and nonviolence. Prior to joining Hub Foundation, Markwith worked for several non-profit organizations, including the Covenants Initiative, Council on American-Islamic Relations, the International Peace Project, and Food Not Bombs.
Research and Policy Associate
Sara Mostafavi is an attorney who has focused on Immigration and Nationality Law since 2005. Her practice interests include gender and domestic violence in the context of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), immigrant rights, human rights in the context of asylum law, and the effects of post-9/11 national security concerns on citizens from Muslim-majority countries. Sara has worked with a number of civil rights, immigrant rights, and Muslim advocacy organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area to address the shifting legal and civil rights concerns of the Muslim community. Sara has degrees in Sociology and Microbiology from the University of California at Davis, and a JD from the George Washington University Law School. While at GW Law, Sara participated in a joint program at Oxford University focusing on human rights law and the international rights of women.
Scholarship Advisory Board
Dr. Craig Considine
Lecturer at Rice University
Dr. Craig Considine is a U.S. Catholic of Irish and Italian descent. He is based at the Department of Sociology at Rice University. Considine is the author of Muslims in America: Examining the Facts (2018), Islam in America: Exploring the Issues (2019), and Islam, Race, and Pluralism in the Pakistani Diaspora (2017). Considine is an educator, activist and proponent of religious pluralism as well as stronger Christian-Muslim relations. He holds a PhD from Trinity College Dublin (Republic of Ireland), an MSc from the University of London (United Kingdom), and a BA from American University (Washington, DC). Considine is a native of Needham, Massachusetts.
Dr. Hamid Mavani
Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, Bayan Claremont
Dr. Hamid Mavani is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School/Claremont School of Theology, in California. His expertise in Islamic Studies stems from both academic training at universities as well as specialized theological training at the traditional seminaries in the Muslim world. His primary fields of interest include Islamic legal theory, women and Shi‘i law, Islamic theology and political thought, Islam and secularity, intra-Muslim discourse, and environmental ethics. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Religious Authority and Political Thought in Twelver Shi‘ism: From Ali to Post-Khomeini (2013).
Dr. John Andrew Morrow
Director of the Covenants Initiative
Dr. John Andrew Morrow (al-Ustadh al-Duktur Ilyas Islam) is a proud member of the Michif-Ottipemisiwak Nation. He embraced Islam at the age of 16. He completed his PhD at the University of Toronto where he studied Hispanic, Native, and Islamic Studies. He has authored a large body of scholarly works, including The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World (2013), which has been translated into Spanish, Italian, and Arabic.
Dr. Cyrus Ali Zargar
Associate Professor at Augustana College
Dr. Cyrus Ali Zargar is Associate Professor of Religion at Augustana College, in Rock Island, Illnois. At Augustana, he directs the experiential minor in Interreligious Leadership, while also co-directing the college's honors programs. Zargar completed his doctorate in Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. His most recent book, The Polished Mirror: Storytelling and the Pursuit of Virtue in Islamic Philosophy and Sufism, was published in 2017 by Oneworld Press. Zargar's research interests focus on the literature of medieval Sufism in Arabic and Persian. He is the author of articles in The Muslim World, The Journal of Arabic Literature, and Encyclopedia Iranica.