Managing Editor at Patheos.com
Hijri Unknown-Present (AH); Common Era Unknown-Present (CE)
Dilshad D. Ali is managing editor of the Muslim portal at Patheos.com, a multi-faith news outlet. She was an editor at Beliefnet.com, a subsidiary of FOX Digital Media and the largest multi-faith and spirituality website in the world, with more than five million daily hits and nine million newsletter subscribers. Ms. Ali has been with Beliefnet since 2005 and handles the site’s coverage of Islam, as well as Hinduism and minor Asian religions. She single-handedly developed a comprehensive “Understanding Islam” section for Beliefnet prior to the fifth anniversary of 9/11, created an “American Muslims Against Terrorism” gallery, and produced an award-winning online travel diary with Islam scholar Akbar Ahmed in 2006. Currently, she coordinates the site’s annual Ramadan and Hajj coverage, creates newsletters, and manages numerous prominent Muslim and other faith blogs on the site, including a Ramadan blog with Altmuslim.com’s Shahed Amanullah and a special Beliefnet blog on the crisis in Gaza. Ms. Ali has appeared on CNN, MTV, the New York Times, Washington Post, and Newsweek. Prior to Beliefnet, she covered Islam, Asian and Middle-Eastern arts and culture for Islam-Online.net for five years (including the early chaotic days after 9/11 in New York) and has freelanced for many blogs and publications, including Newsweek, Azizah, Illume, and Islamica. She is a first-generation Muslim-American who makes her home in Virginia with her husband and three young children and telecommutes to her office in New York. Her other passion is autism education and awareness, as her eldest son has the disorder.