Imam Zaid Shakir
Zaid Shakir is chairman of the board, co-founder, and senior faculty member at Zaytuna College. He is also the chair of Zaytuna’s Student Affairs Committee, which looks after student residential life and co-curricular activities. In 2003, Zaid Shakir moved to Hayward, California to serve as a scholar-in-residence and lecturer at Zaytuna Institute. In 2009, he co-founded Zaytuna College, where he now teaches Islamic law and history. Known to the world as Imam Zaid, he has authored numerous articles on a wide range of topics, becoming a voice of conscience for American Muslims and non-Muslims alike. As an activist, he has inspired communities from New Jersey to Connecticut to mobilize for social justice.
Courses: Islamic Spirituality, Islamic History, Shafi’i Fiqh, Politics
Where I'm Coming From: The Year In Review, NID Publishers, Dec. 20, 2010
Treatise for the Seekers of Guidance, NID Publishers, Sept. 1, 2008 (translated with commentary has been awarded as a finalist in the category of general spirituality by USA Book News).
Scattered Pictures: Reflections of An American Muslim, Zaytuna Institute Sept. 18, 2005, and reprint NID Publishers, May 23, 2007.
The Heirs of the Prophets, Starlatch Press, Oct. 24, 2001 (translated)
BA, Islamic Law, Abu Nour University, Damascus, 2001
MA, Political Science, Rutgers University, New Jersey, 1985
BA, (Honors), International Relations, American University, Washington, DC, 1983
Personal website: www.newislamicdirections.com