Abdullah bin Hamid Ali | Lamppost Productions | Keeping the Text in Context

Abdullah bin Hamid Ali

Dr. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali is assistant professor of Islamic law and Prophetic Tradition at Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California (2007-present). He holds a PhD in Cultural and Historical Studies in Religion (2016) and an MA in Ethics and Social Theory (2012) from the Graduate Theological Union. He obtained his BA (ijaza ‘ulya) in Islamic Law (Shariah) from the prestigious Al-Qarawiyin University of Fes, Morocco in 2001. He served as full time Islamic chaplain at the State Correctional Institute of Chester, PA from 2002-2007, and is the founding director of the Lamppost Education Initiative. His research interests include the interconnection between law and identity formation, comparative Islamic law, and Islam’s role in the modern world.

Interviews and Media Quotes

CNN Interview: Were Syrian Missle Strikes Morally Justified?

CNN Interview: “Why I was Spared from Amtrak Train 188’s Crash?

Huffington Post: “Why Gay Marriage May Not Be Contrary to Islam” by Faisal Kutty


Muslim Funeral Guide (Lamppost Productions), 2005

The Attributes of God (Amal Press), 2006

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

Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali (Trans. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali). Tears of the Yearners for the Meeting With God, Philadelphia: Lamppost Education Initiative, 2015


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

The Homosexual Challenge to Muslim Ethics” (Lamppost Educational Initiative).

The Place of “Isnad” in Islamic Education: Demystifying “Tradition” (Lamppost Education Initiative).

Tunisia and the Liberation of Muslim Women” (The Muslim 500), Issue 2018


Legal Theory

Law & Jurisprudence

Culture & Society

Ethical Reasoning & Spirituality