About the Author

Ani Zonneveld is a songwriter, producer, and activist. As a songwriter/producer she has won many awards including a Grammy certification for her song contribution to Keb’ Mo’s album, “Keep It Simple.” Post 9/11 she wrote and produced the first Islamic pop album by a female singer, titled "Ummah Wake Up; One," an interfaith album, followed by Islamic Hymns-Celebration of Life. Uniquely blending her two worlds of music and social activism into one, Ani speaks and sings her message of social justice, human rights, and peace, from a progressive Muslim women’s perspective. In 2006, she was named a Muslim Leader of Tomorrow by the American Society for Muslim Advancement. In 2007 Ani co-founded and is president of Muslims for Progressive Values, a national grass-roots organization where she organized interfaith arts and music festivals, performs Islamic wedding services for mixed faith and gay couples. She is the co-chief editor of Progressive Muslim Identities-Personal Stories from the U.S. and Canada, a contributor to the anthology “American Dreamers”, and for AslanMedia.com and HuffingtonPost.com. Most recently she is a creator of a campaign “Be Notorious, Do Good,” a web series promoting justice in Islam. Learn more at her personal website, www.a-n-i.net, or at Muslims for Progressive Values.