Zaid Shakir is a cofounder, Board of Trustees and senior faculty member of Zaytuna College. He has taught courses in Arabic, Islamic spirituality, contemporary Muslim thought, and Shafi’i fiqh at Zaytuna College. He presently teaches Islamic history and politics. He speaks and writes on a wide range of topics and has become a voice of conscience for American Muslims as well as people of other faiths. He is regularly included as one of the Western world’s most influential Muslim scholars in The Muslim 500, an annual ranking edited by John Esposito and Ibrahim Kalin. He is also one of the signatories of “A Common Word Between Us and You,” an open letter by Islamic scholars to Christian leaders that calls for peace and mutual understanding. Zaid Shakir is a signatory along with religious and spiritual leaders from around the world who presented the UN Secretary General with a declaration in support of the Paris Climate Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, marking the largest number of nations ever signing an international agreement.
- Arabic Language
- Islamic Spirituality
- Islamic History
- Shafi’i Fiqh
Books Published and Selected Works
- Muslims and The Climate Crisis: Responding To A Higher Call, Creation At The Crossroads, 2016.
- “Malcolm X”, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought, 2013.
- Where I’m Coming From: The Year In Review, 2010.
- Treatise for the Seekers of Guidance, 2008.
- “The Zaytuna Ruku Tree”, Holy Ground: A Gathering of Voices on Caring and Creation, 2008.
- Agenda to Change our Condition, 2007.
- Scattered Pictures: Reflections of An American Muslim, Zaytuna Institute, 2005.
- The Heirs of the Prophets, 2001.
- BA, Islamic Law and Arabic Language, Abu Nour University, Damascus, 2001.
- MA, Political Science, Rutgers University, New Jersey, 1985.
- BA, (summa cum laude ), International Relations, American University, Washington, DC, 1983.
- Computer Support Specialist, United States Air Force, Logistical Support Training School, Denver,
- United States Air Force – Accommodation Medal – 1981.
- Diplomas (ijazahs) from Shaykh Abdul Rahman al-Shaghuri (non-philosophy Tasawwuf texts), Shaykh.
- Mustafa al-Turkmani (Islamic Sciences) and Shaykh Muhammad al-Ya’qubi (Islamic Sciences).