Imam Zaid Shakir
Zaid Shakir is chairman, co-founder, and senior faculty member at Zaytuna College. In 1983, while at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ., he co-founded the New Brunswick Islamic Center formerly Masjid al-Huda. In 1987, he settled in New Haven, CT., and continued his community activism co-founding Masjid Al-Islam. Zaid Shakir moved to Hayward, California to serve as a scholar-in-residence and lecturer at Zaytuna Institute in 2003. He co-founded the Lighthouse Mosque, Oakland, CA. in 2007. He co-founded Zaytuna College in 2009, where he now teaches Islamic law and history. Zaid Shakir is one of the signatories of A Common Word Between Us and You, an open letter by Islamic scholars to Christian leaders, calling for peace and understanding. 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. Recently, he was ranked as “one of the western world’s most influential Scholars The 500 Most Influential Muslims, edited by John Esposito and Ibrahim Kalin, (2009).
Arabic Language, Islamic Spirituality, Islamic History, Shafi’i Fiqh, Politics
Where I'm Coming From: The Year In Review, NID Publishers, 2010.
Treatise for the Seekers of Guidance, NID Publishers, 2008 (translated with commentary has been awarded as a finalist in the category of general spirituality by USA Book News).
“The Zaytuna Ruku Tree”, Holy Ground: A Gathering of Voices on Caring and Creation, 2008. A Sierra Club landmark book collection.
Scattered Pictures: Reflections of An American Muslim, Zaytuna Institute, 2005, and reprint NID Publishers, 2007.
Agenda to Change our Condition (2007).
The Heirs of the Prophets, Starlatch Press, 2001 (translated).
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, Colorado, 1976
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).