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Entries on this page feature Modern-Day Muslim Scholars from 1900 onwards.
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Hamza Yusuf - (1960-) Public speaker, Shaykh Hamza spent years studying Islam and Arabic in the Muslim world following his conversion in 1977. Recently founded California-based Zaytuna Institute to implement his vision of a revival of islamic sciences.
Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips - (1952-) Jamaican-born Dr. Philips of Canada has virtually lived overseas since his conversion, for decades studying and preaching in Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, UK, and U.A.E. at various times. A popular TV personality, he is also a prolific author of numerous books and audio material.
Imam Zaid Shakir - (1956-) Closely associated with Hamza Yusuf, like whom, he converted to Islam in 1977 and studied in Syria for seven years thereafter and now features at the Zaytuna Institute in California.
Leila Ahmed - (1940-) Egyptian-born Ahmed is a professor of Women's Studies and Religion at Harvard and has authored works on Islamic history and Muslim feminism.
Laleh Bakhtiar - (1938-) Chicago-based Iranian-American Muslim convert Dr. Bakhtiar is a psychologist, book publisher, editor, translator of numerous classical works, including 'The Sublime Quran, an English translation of the Qur'an. She has lectured extensively in both academic and religious institutions.
Asma Barlas - (1950-) Pakistani-born Prof. Barlas of New York is the author of several books on Islam and Muslims with emphasis of emancipatory interpretation of the Quran and Islamic feminism.
Ingrid Mattson - (1963-) Canadian Muslim convert Prof. Mattson holds a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago. In 2001 she was elected Vice-President of ISNA and in 2006 she was elected the first female President of the organization.
Amina Wadud - (1952-) American Muslim convert Prof. Wadud is an Islamic feminist, imam, scholar, author and activist and a visiting professor at Gadyah Mada University's Center for Religious and Cross-Cultural Studies in Indonesia.
Muqtedar Khan - (1966-) Indian-born Prof and Director of Islamic Studies at the University of Delaware has authored several books and articles on Islam, philosophy, international and interfaith relations.
Ahmad Kutty - (1946-) Dr. Kutty, originally from Kerala, India, is a long-time founding member of numerous Islamic organizations in Canada, having completed his Doctoral studies in Shari’ah thought at McGill University.
Wael Hallaq - (1955-) Palestinian-American Dr. Hallaq is Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University and has numerous academic works in the field of Islamic Law and Philosophy to his credit.
Jerald F. Dirks - (1950-) Dr. Dirks is a former ordained Methodist minister, Harvard Divinity College graduate, Muslim convert and popular author of several books on Islam and Christianity.
Muzammil H. Siddiqi - (1943-) is an American Islamic scholar, theologian and chairman of the Fiqh Council of North America.
Khaled Abou El Fadl - (1963-) is a professor of law at the UCLA School of Law where he teaches Islamic law, immigration, human rights, international and national security law.
Omid Safi - is Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where he specializes on Islamic mysticism (Sufism), contemporary Islamic thought and medieval Islamic history.
Abu-Abdullah Adelabu - London based Nigerian born Muslim cleric, academic and publisher is the founder and Amir (i.e. President) of Awqaf Africa London and Awqaf Africa Muslim Open College. Sheikh Adelabu studied in DamascusSyria, where he obtained a Ph. D. Degree. His students are behind several Islamic publications including EsinIslam.com, IslamAfrica.com and Delab International magazine.e
Ahmad Thomson - Rhodesian-born British barrister and Muslim convert Ahmad Thomson is a high profile public figure for Islam in Britain, with several books to his credit.
Abdalqadir as-Sufi - (1930-) Scotsman Abdalqadir as-Sufi is the leader of the Darqawi-Shadhili-Qadiri Sufi Tariqa, founder of the influential Murabitun Movement and author of numerous books on Islam, Sufism (Tasawwuf) and political theory.
Abdal Hakim Murad - (1960-) High profile British convert T.J. Winter is Shaykh Zayed Lecturer of Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge University and has several translations of classical works to his credit.
Ivan Aguéli - Shaykh Abd al-Hadi Aqhili (1869–1917) Swedish-born Sufi and Islamic feminist.
Muhammad Asad - (1900–1992) German Jewish journalist and later foreign correspondent to the Middle East, Leopold Weiss converted to Islam and wrote several books including a highly regarded translation of the Qur'an.
Tariq Ramadan - (1962-) Born in Switzerland to exiled Egyptian parents. He has written several major works primarily on Islamic theology and the position of Muslims in Europe.
Frithjof Schuon - (1907–1998) Swiss-born Frithjof Schuon was known as a philosopher, metaphysician and author of numerous books on religion and spirituality, writing primarily in French. He is also considered one of the chief representatives of the Perennialist School.
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Fatema Mernissi (1940-) is a Moroccan professor, lecturer, feminist writer and sociologist. Her work explores Islam and the role of women in it, analyzing the historical development of Islamic thought.