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Assistant Professor

Abdullah bin Hamid Ali

Abdullah bin Hamid Ali is an assistant professor of Islamic law and Prophetic Tradition at Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California (2007-present). His course teachings include Prophetic Tradition, Commercial Law, Family Law, Inheritance Law, Jurisprudential Principles, Islamic Virtue Ethics.

Email: [email protected]

Prior to Zaytuna College

He holds a Ph.D. in Cultural and Historical Studies in Religion (2016) and an M.A. in Ethics and Social Theory (2012) from the Graduate Theological Union. He obtained his B.A. (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.

Selected Works

Interviews and Media Quotes:


  • 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
  • - Reprinted in 2018 (Lamppost Education Initiative)
  • Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali (Trans. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali). Tears of the Yearners for the Meeting With God, Philadelphia: Lamppost Education Initiative, 2015


Education: Ph.D. & Presidential Scholar, Cultural & Historical Studies, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley M.A., Ethics & Social Theory, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, 2012 B.A., Islamic Law (Shariah), University of Al-Karaouine/Al-Qarawiyin.