Imad S. Enchassi, PhD
- Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies
- Imam of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City
- Chair of Islamic Studies at Oklahoma City University
As a child, Enchassi was exposed to the horrors of hatred and violence when, in 1982, he witnessed the massacres of Palestinians by Christian militia in the refugee camps at Sabra and Shatila in Beirut, Lebanon. This experience inspired him to create strategies for resisting the influences of hate and extremism around the world.
Enchassi has an impressive background, with multiple degrees earned in the U.S. and four degrees in Islamic Studies from schools in Lebanon. Active in community service and human rights activities, Enchassi is committed to education and interfaith dialogue. He writes: "I believe that education is the remedy for all ills. I believe that education is the lamp that illuminates the way for a better and happier life. I believe that the purpose of education is to humanize all aspects of our existence. I believe that true education will empower us to eliminate the concept of the 'other' and harmonize us into one true 'human family.'"