Faculty

Abdullah bin Hamid Ali

Email: aali@zaytuna.org

Abdullah bin Hamid Ali is a full-time faculty member specializing in Islamic Law, Theology, and Hadith Science at Zaytuna College in Berkeley, CA. He is a lifelong student of the Islamic tradition. Born to Muslim parents, he began a serious study of Islam in his early teens. He attended Temple University for two years (1995-1997) prior to pursuing studies that culminated in a four-year collegiate license (ijaza ‘ulya) from the prestigious Al-Qarawiyin University of Fes, Morocco (1997-2001). He holds a BA from the Al-Karaouine/Al-Qarawiyin University’s Faculty of Islamic Law (Shariah) and an MA in Ethics & Social Theory from The Graduate Theological Union (2009-2012) of Berkeley, CA. He is also pursuing his PhD in Cultural & Historical Studies at GTU, as one of the institution’s Presidential Scholars.

Courses: Maliki Fiqh, Theology, Hadith Sciences, Business Law

Selected Works and Achievements:

Al-Ghazzālī, Abū Ḥāmid (Trans. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali). A Return to Purity in Creed, Philadelphia: Lamppost Productions, 2008

Attributes of God. Amal Press, 2006

Muslim Funeral Guide (Lamppost Productions), 2005.

"Preserving the Freedom for Faith: Reevaluating the Politics of Compulsion," The Review of Faith & International Affairs, Vol. 9, Monday 12 June 2011 (http://rfiaonline.org/archives/issues/9-2/772-freedom-for-faith-politics-of-compulsion )

"Scholarly Consensus: Between Use & Misuse," Journal of Islamic Law and Culture, Volume 12, Issue 2, 2010 (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1528817X.2010.574391)

Education:
PhD student, Cultural & Historical Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. Currently one of the institution’s Presidential Scholars.
MA, Ethics & Social Theory, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, 2012
BA, Islamic Law (Shariah), University of Al-Karaouine/Al-Qarawiyin

Personal Website: www.lamppostproductions.com