Nour Goda is a Muslim Arab American and native of the Bronx, New York. She was born in Damascus and is of Palestinian and Syrian descent. Nour grew up in a low-middle-income household, attended New York City public schools, and was supported by her family and mentors to take advantage of the educational opportunities available to her.
She is a graduate of Connecticut College, where she majored in English and minored in Religious Studies. She earned her master's degree in English Education in 2011 and has been working in public, private, and charter schools since 2008. Nour also holds a Montessori Administrator's credential and served as a Montessori school administrator for three years.
In 2015, Nour reverted after having left the fold of Islam for nearly a decade. Recognizing that her experience is not unique and that there is a dire need among Arabs and Muslims to address highly sensitive and controversial matters, such as atheism, Nour decided to develop a multimedia initiative dedicated to candid, intracommunity dialogue. Thus, she launched the Between Arabs Project, a podcast and blog. Working alongside lay Muslim Americans, Nour interviewed influential Muslim figures such as author Umm Zakiyyah, law professor Khaled Beydoun, and comedian Said Durrah. The podcast covered topics such as faith crises, sexuality, polygamy, feminism, race politics, and more. In 2017, Nour decided to discontinue the Between Arabs Project in order to refocus her energy and work.
While the Between Arabs blog no longer exists, the podcast is still available on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.
Today, Nour writes and speaks about many of the same topics from a more Islamically-informed perspective. She is currently pursuing the Islamic Essentials program with Darul Qasm.
Nour has delivered lectures at Connecticut College, CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice, George Mason University, Harvard University, and the Lawrenceville School. She has also spoken at mosques, the NJ Dawah Conference, and the Muktamar Conference of the Indonesian Muslim Student Association. Nour was featured on The Mad Mamluks podcast, and in 2017 she co-hosted several episodes on behalf of TMM at the Texas Dawah Convention in Houston, where she interviewed Ustadha Zaynab Ansari, Sheikh Mohammad Elshinawy, and Brother Fahad Tasleem.
Nour is married to Ismail Royer and they welcomed their first child together in July 2019, Alhamdulilah.
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Nour Goda, MS Ed.
Ex-atheist striving to improve each day
اَلتَّاۤـئِبُوۡنَ الۡعٰبِدُوۡنَ الۡحٰمِدُوۡنَ السّاۤـئِحُوۡنَ الرّٰكِعُوۡنَ السّٰجِدُوۡنَ الۡاٰمِرُوۡنَ بِالۡمَعۡرُوۡفِ وَالنَّاهُوۡنَ عَنِ الۡمُنۡكَرِ وَالۡحٰـفِظُوۡنَ لِحُدُوۡدِ اللّٰه ِؕ وَبَشِّرِ الۡمُؤۡمِنِيۡنَ
Those that turn (to Allah) in repentance; that serve Him, and praise Him; that wander in devotion to the cause of Allah, that bow down and prostrate themselves in prayer; that enjoin good and forbid evil; and observe the limit set by Allah;- (These do rejoice). So proclaim the glad tidings to the Believers.