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Nuh Ha Mim Keller (born 1954) is an American Muslim translator of Islamic books and a specialist in Islamic Law, as well as an authorised sheikh in tasawwuf in the Shadhili Sufi order and in the Shafi`i Madhhab who currently lives in Amman, Jordan. He is one of the foremost Muslim theologians and experts on Sufism in the West.
Keller is a convert from Christianity to Islam. He has opposed the Salafi and Wahhabi movements as deviating from the traditional madh'habi schools of Islamic jurisprudence.
Early life and education
Keller was born in 1954 in the Northwestern United States. He studied philosophy and Arabic at the University of Chicago and the University of California, Los Angeles. He converted to Islam in 1977.
His English translation of Umdat al-Salik, Reliance of the Traveller, (Sunna Books, 1991) is a Shafi'i manual of Shariah. It is the first Islamic legal work in a European language to receive the certification of Al-Azhar University. This translation has led to this work becomeing influential among Western Muslims.
Nuh Ha Mim Keller possesses ijazas, or "certificates of authorisation", in Islamic jurisprudence from sheikhs in Syria and Jordan.
His other works include:
- Al-Maqasid: Imam Nawawi's Manual of Islam, a translation of a concise manual of Shafi'i fiqh.
- A Port in the Storm: A Fiqh Solution to the Qibla of North America, a detailed study of the most sound position on which direction North American Muslims should face to pray.
- The Sunni Path: A Handbook of Islamic Belief.
He has also written numerous articles and is a regular contributor to Islamica Magazine and the web site masud.co.uk. He is currently translating Imam Nawawi's Kitab al-Adhkar (The Book of Remembrance of Allah), a compendium of some 1227 hadiths on prayers and dhikrs of the prophetic sunnah.
- ^ Hewer, C. T. R. (2006). Understanding Islam: the first ten steps. SCM Press. p. 209. ISBN 9780334040323.
- ^ a b Pandey, Vraj Kumar (2007). Encyclopaedia of Indian philosophy, Volume 2. Anmol Publications. p. 115. ISBN 9788126131129.
- ^ Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck; Farid Senzai, Jane I. Smith (2009). Educating the Muslims of America. Oxford University Press US. p. 144. ISBN 9780195375206.
- ^ "Kur mot ekstremisme". Aftenposten. November 2, 2009. http://www.aftenposten.no/meninger/kronikker/article3351588.ece. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
- ^ "Interview: Tahir Haqq, YMCA youth and community worker". Church Times. November 14, 2008. http://www.churchtimes.co.uk/content.asp?id=66129. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
- ^ Malik, Anas (Summer 2002). "Selected Reflections on the Muslim World in the aftermath of 9-11". Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations 1 (2). ISSN 1303-5525. http://alternativesjournal.net/volume1/number2/malik.htm.
- ^ Reliance of the Traveller at Amazon.com
- ^ "Why Muslims Like Hitler, but Not Mozart". Global Politician. June 12, 2009. http://globalpolitician.com/25683-islam-hitler-mozart. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
- ^ Brandon, James; Salam Hafez (2008). Crimes of the Community: Honour-Based Violence in the UK. Centre for Social Cohesion. p. 67. ISBN 9781903386644.
- ^ a b c d SunniPath Online Islamic Academy
- ^ Al-Maqasid: Imam Nawawi's Manual of Islam at Amazon.com
- ^ A Port in the Storm: A Fiqh Solution to the Qibla of North America at Amazon.com
- ^ "A different perspective: Muslim websites in Britain". The Guardian. November 1, 2001. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2001/nov/01/september11.uk. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
Writings and speeches
Translations and Commentaries on Ibn `Ata'illah's Aphorisms