Shaykh Hamza Yusuf - USA
Hamza Yusuf is president and co-founder of Zaytuna College, which is dedicated to the Islamic sciences and the revival of traditional study methods, which has established an international reputation for presenting classical Islam in the West.
He is the first American lecturer to teach in Morocco’s prestigious and oldest university, the Qarawiyin in Fes, and he has translated several classical Arabic texts into modern English. He travels all over the world speaking about Islam.
Born in Washington State and raised in Northern California, Hamza Yusuf embraced Islam in 1977. He subsequently traveled to the Muslim world and studied for the next ten years in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia as well as North and West Africa. After receiving teaching licenses in various Islamic subjects from esteemed scholars in several countries, he returned to the United States and earned degrees in religious studies and health care. He resides in Northern California.