Abdullah bin Hamid Ali is a senior faculty member of Zaytuna College specializing in Islamic Law and Legal Philosophy. He is a lifelong student of the Islamic tradition being born to Muslim parents having begun a serious study of Islam in his early teens. He attended Temple University for 2 years (1995-1997) prior to pursuing studies that culminated in a 4-year collegiate license (ijaza ‘ulya) from the prestigious Al-Qarawiyin University of Fes, Morocco (1997-2001). He has also served as adjunct professor of Arabic at UC Berkeley (2013), and adjunct professor of Intro to Islam at the Graduate Theological Union (2014). He holds a BA (ijaza ‘ulya) in Islamic Law (Shar’ia) from the prestigious Al-Qarawiyin University of Fez, Morocco, an MA in Ethics & Social Theory from the Graduate Theological Union, and is involved in PhD dissertation work in Cultural & Historical Studies of Religion at the Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley). Among his publications and many scholarly essays are: The Attributes of God (Amal Press), A Return to Purity in Creed (Lamppost Productions), “Preserving the Freedom for Faith: Reevaluating the Politics of Compulsion”, (The Review of Faith & International Affairs, Vol 9, Monday 12 June 2011), “Scholarly Consensus: Between Use & Misuse”, (Journal of Islamic Law and Culture, Volume 12, Issue 2, 2010), and “The Homosexual Challenge to Muslim Ethics” (Lamppost Educational Initiative). A native of Philadelphia, PA, Abdullah relocated with his family by invitation from Zaytuna College’s Board of Trustees in 2007 to the Bay Area to instruct pilot seminarians in the Islamic rational sciences (theology, legal theory, hadith science) after spending 5 years as assistant full-time chaplain at the State Correctional Institution of Chester, PA (SCI Chester). Abdullah also serves as a member of Zaytuna’s Academic Affairs Committee (AAC), and plays a crucial role in curriculum development and pedagogical approaches at the college. Abdullah is a very active member of the Bay Area community who regularly delivers the Friday service address at a number of mosques, and conducts regularly scheduled online classes via his website: www.lamppostproductions.com. He has also written more than 40 essays in a number of religious and socially relevant topics. His current research interests include: critical race theory, blackness studies, cultural influences on scriptural interpretation, and the social construction of race.
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.
Published Peer-Reviewed Essays:
“Preserving the Freedom for Faith: Reevaluating the Politics of Compulsion”, The Review of Faith & International Affairs, Vol 9, Monday 12 June 2011
- Full Version: (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15570274.2011.571413#preview)
“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)
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