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Lina Zeine was born in Beirut, Lebanon as a descendant of Zaynu’l-Muqarrabín. Her mother taught English as a second language at the International Language Center and her father was a professor of Middle East History at the American University of Beirut. After completing her BA degree at the American University of Beirut, Lina came to the United States to continue her studies. She obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Colorado and her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, both in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology. Professionally, Lina has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist in a number of places such as Sterling, Colorado; Seattle, Washington; Missoula, Montana; Sherbrooke, Quebec; and Lawrence, Kansas. In 1982 she came to Bellingham, Washington and joined the faculty of the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Western Washington University. She retired as Professor Emerita in 2013.
Since coming to the United States, Lina has served on Bahá’í Local Spiritual Assemblies in the cities where she has lived. Lina has also traveled and taught the Bahá’í Faith in several States and Canadian Provinces. She has also taught at Bahá’í Summer Schools and Winter Schools. Some of her presentation topics include: “Significant Women in Early Religious History”, “The First Hundred Years of Islam”, “The First Hundred Years of the Bahá’í Faith”, “The Historical Genesis of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas (The Most Holy Book)” and “The Equality of Men and Women: A Historical Perspective”.