Sheikh Hamza Yusuf Hanson

Teacher and Co-founder of Zaytuna College, USA

Sheikh Hamza Yusuf Hanson is one of the most influential Islamic figures in the Western world. He is seen as one of the foremost authorities on Islam outside of the Muslim world. He is a co-founder of the Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California, the first and only accredited Muslim liberal arts college in the USA.

Islamic Scholar: Sheikh Hamza Yusuf Hanson converted to Islam in 1977 when he was only 17 and spent many years studying Arabic, Islamic jurisprudence and philosophy with some of the Muslim world’s most prominent and well-respected teachers. His popularity, and accordingly his influence, stem from his application of Islamic knowledge being rooted in the lived experience of modern, western society. His controversial Reviving the Islamic Spirit conference speech in 2016 which critiqued aspects of the Black Lives Matter movement sparked an intra-Muslim dialogue on the racial struggle in America.

Speaker and Educator: Sheikh Hamza is a much sought after speaker. He has given thousands of lectures to public audiences and is interviewed regularly by the media. He spreads traditional Sunni orthodoxy in the West through his popular speeches and his teaching at short intense study programmes such as Deen Intensive, Rihla and RIS.  

Advisor: He advises on Islamic Studies to several US universities, and is also on the board of advisors of George Russell’s One Nation, a national philanthropic initiative that promotes pluralism and inclusion in America.

Zaytuna College president and co-founder to speak at Islamic Center of Saginaw - The Saginaw News -
2013-10-24 19:44:52

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, who co-founded Zaytuna College in Berkeley, Calif., in 2009, is listed as “the Western world's most influential Islamic figure” in The Muslim 500, an annual global ranking issued by Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Jordan.

Confab: Al-Mustapha, a rallying factor - Fashanu •Ex-minister, group task FG ... - Nigerian Tribune
2013-11-11 14:15:03

AS the Dr Femi Okurounmu-led presidential advisory committee on the proposed national conference continues its tour of the country, soccer legend, John Fashanu, has described Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, former Chief Security Officer to the late General ...

Public Prosecution investigates seven complaints - Bahrain News Agency
2013-11-09 16:56:11

Manama, Nov9(BNA) Two policemen suspected of involvement in three cases of maltreatment will appear before the court on November 25, 2013 to face charges, Chief Prosecutor and head of the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) Nawaf Abdullah Hamza said. The ...

What makes a sex shop halal? - The Saratogian
2013-10-24 18:04:56

According to Hamza Yusuf, an American Islamic scholar and co-founder of Zaytuna College in Berkeley, Calif., the trend is, if anything, reflective of the adaptive qualities of capitalism — not any trend in the Muslim world, where items like herbal ...and more »

Speaker shares insights on significance of liberal arts ed - Midland Daily News
2013-10-31 18:41:45

On Saturday evening, the Islamic Center of Saginaw hosted Hamza Yusuf to speak about the importance of liberal arts in higher education. Yusuf is president and co-founder of Zaytuna College, the first Muslim liberal arts college in the United States ...

A very Abrahamic feast - Hurriyet Daily News
2013-10-15 21:07:59

Muslim scripture never mentions the name of the sacrificial child. Moreover, as American Muslim scholar Shaykh Hamza Yusuf notes, “Many of the early scholars said it was Isaac.” Nevertheless, Yusuf adds, “A majority of the later scholars say it was ...and more »

Former pro safety goes on massive anti-NFL Twitter rant - Staunton News Leader
2013-11-01 07:37:02

Hamza, Yusuf Johnwell, Abbas , and Husain Abdullah shaved heads after Hajj. Kansas City Chiefs [Via MerlinFTP Drop] / none none. USA Today. by Chris Strauss, USA TODAY Sports. USA Today. by Chris Strauss, USA TODAY Sports. Filed Under.and more »

BN candidate says car kicked more than 10 times - Malaysia Kini
2013-11-04 09:50:48

11.25am, SMK Bukit Besar - After voting, former MB Azizan's widow Faekah Sheikh Hamzah says the fake SMS using her name that made rounds starting 11pm last night saying she hopes BN will win is regrettable. The SMS claims she hopes for PAS to lose ...

'A Classy Game of Strategy' - the Role of Chess in Sustaining Peace in Postwar ... -
2013-10-24 17:29:58

As Hamza Yusuf (2006) noted, chess was invented by an Indian Philosopher named Sissah upon directives of an Indian ruler called Shisram. The story goes that ruler Shisram, asked Sissah to devise a way to teach the children of the royal family to become ...

“Islamic” sex shop raises questions on social media of Muslim territories - News Tribe
2013-10-26 16:22:17

Hamza Yusuf, an American Islamic scholar and co-founder of Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California, told Foreign Policy by phone “Muslim countries have all of these but they don't advertise them.It all goes back to the monetization of religion”.

Birth: 1 January 1960 (Age: 58)

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Influence: Leading Islamic voice for English speaking Muslims.

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Status: Featured in current year