Shaykh Hamza Yusuf
Hanson was born in Washington State and raised in Northern California.
After exploring religions at an early age, he entered Islam at
18 and set out to study in England, United Arab Emirates, Saudi
Arabia, Morocco, Algeria, and finally West Africa. He became fluent
in the Arabic language and then began his studies of the traditional
Islamic sciences under the tutelage of some of the greatest Muslim
scholars of our age.
After a sojourn of ten years abroad,
Hamza Yusuf returned to the U.S. and took degrees in Nursing and
Religious Studies. In 1996, he co-founded the Zaytuna
Institute in order to teach the traditional sciences of Islam
to people in the West. He serves as the director of the Institute
and has translated several texts from Arabic for the Institute's
curriculum. He has traveled all over the world giving talks/lectures
He is recognized today as one
of the most influential voices for Islam in the West and has advised
several world leaders including the President of the United States
and the head of the Arab League. Hamza Yusuf resides in Northern
California with his wife and children.