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Momina Cheema was born in Lahore, Pakistan on September 25th, 1985 and raised in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United States. She was speech champion and valedictorian at Jackson High School in Massillon, Ohio, graduated from Duke in 2007 with a B.A. in Literature, was a 2008 A.M. graduate of Harvard’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and was attending Law School at The University of Virginia with a judicial internship at the U.S. district court, Eastern District of New York at the time of her death.

Momina was an energetic, passionate and brilliant woman. She had encyclopedic knowledge of everything from pop culture to social theory, and made connections and asked questions that illuminated the minds of all of those around her. In a 2007 email to a online community she summarized her interests as: “post-structuralism, Marxist theory, mysticism, Nietzschean 
existentialism, Althusserian anti-humanism, Dostoevsky, Muhammad Iqbal, Ali
 Shariati, Indo-Muslim culture, gender/sexuality (Foucault, Butler), philosophy
 of language/linguistics (Austin, Deleuze)….” Though her interests could not all be summarized in a sentence, this should give an idea of the breadth of her knowledge and curiosity.

Friends and family will always remember her loving personality. She passed away after an automobile accident in Albertson, New York on Friday June 10th, 2011. She is survived by her parents Muhammad Akhtar and Tayyeba, her younger brothers Fareed and Saeed and countless other relatives and friends who loved her.

We hope this website will serve as a space to share memories, thoughts, reflections, and photos of our beloved Momina.

If you would like to contact her family, her father can be reached at:

Muhammad Akhtar Cheema
(631) 944-1245

Her brother Fareed can be reached at:

Fareed Cheema
(631) 944-1243