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
- Scholarly Consensus: Between Use & Misuse (Lamppost Version)
- Minhaj of the Salaf Regarding the Authentic Sunna
- The Absolute Truth About Sunna & Bid’a
- Interpreting on the Fault Lines: Trends of Ijtihad in North America
- The Special Characteristics of the Maliki Madhhab (Shaykh Muhammad al-Ta’wil)
Law & Jurisprudence
- Ibn ‘Ashir on Prayer & Purification
- Preserving the Freedom for Faith (Apostasy)
- Is Congregational Dhikr a Bid’a?
- The Maliki Argument for Not Clasping the Hands in Salat (Part I)
- The Maliki Argument for Not Clasping the Hands in Salat (Part II)
- Reciting the Takbirah in Unison
- Is There No Arafah Except the One in Arafah?
Culture & Society
Ethical Reasoning & Spirituality