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Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

Hamza Yusuf is a president, cofounder, and senior faculty member of Zaytuna College. He is an advisor to Stanford University’s Program in Islamic Studies and the Center for Islamic Studies at Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union. He also serves as a member of the board of advisors of George Russell’s One Nation, a national philanthropic initiative that promotes pluralism and inclusion in America. In addition, he serves as vice-president for the Global Center for Guidance and Renewal, which was founded and is currently presided over by Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah, one of the top jurists and masters of Islamic sciences in the world. Recently, Hamza Yusuf was ranked as “the Western world’s most influential Islamic scholar” by The 500 Most Influential Muslims, edited by John Esposito and Ibrahim Kalin, (2009).

Courses: Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence: Objectives, Maxims, and Universals; Ethics; Astronomy; Theology; Prophetic Biography

Books Published:
The Prayer of the Oppressed (2010)

Walking on Water (2010)

Caesarean Moon Births: Calculations, Moon Sighting, and the Prophetic Way (2008)

Agenda to Change our Condition (2007)

The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi (2007)

The Content of Character (2004)

Purification of the Heart (2004)

The Burda: Poem of the Cloak (2003)

PhD student, Islamic Studies, GTU/UC Berkeley, CA, 2009 – present
BA, Religious Studies, San Jose State University, CA, 1997
Honorary doctorate, conferred by Shaykh Shadhili Naifer, Dean of Zaytuna University, Tunisia, 1991
AS, Nursing, Imperial Valley College, CA, 1990
AA, English, Imperial Valley College, CA, 1990
Islamic Institute of Al-Ain, Abu Dhabi, (1979-1984)

Diplomas (ijazahs) from Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah, Shaykh Ahmad Dughan, Shaykh Hasan al-Ghimari, Shaykh Sayyid Ibrahim al-Hasawi, Shaykh Ahmad Jabir Jibran, Shaykh Abdallah al-Kadi, Shaykh Muhammad al-Kittani, Shaykh Muhammad Alawi al-Maliki, Shaykh Muhammad al-Ya’qubi, and others in several Islamic sciences, including Arabic grammar, morphology, and literature; Qur’an; hadith terminology and transmission; Qur’anic recitation (tajwid); theology (‘aqidah); Maliki jurisprudence (fiqh); legal foundations (usul); logic and adab al-bahth wal-munadharah; astronomy (tawqit); ethics and spirituality (tasawwuf).