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Zaid Shakir

Born: May 24, 1956

Birthplace: Berkeley

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Zaid Shakir

Date of Birth : May 24, 1956
Birth Place : Berkeley

Zaid Shakir is a Muslim American scholar, public speaker, and author who is a co-founder with Hamza Yusuf and Hatem Bazian, a senior faculty member, and serves on the Board of Trustees of Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California. He teaches courses on Arabic, law, history, and Islamic spirituality. He is co-founder and chairman of United For Change since 2009. This effort through modern discourse, is to create awareness of the broadest and most consuming topics within the Muslim and interfaith community. The aim is to leverage the diversity through cooperation and goodwill and address the obstacles that have proven to be divisive. The Chronicle of Higher Education stated, “Embodying an American story if ever there was one—including proverbial bootstraps, military service, political activism, and deep religious commitment—Zaid Shakir’s message of social justice in the face of poverty and racism he has known first hand makes him endlessly and, it often seems, effortlessly relevant. He is as approachable a man as I’ve ever met.” He is one of the signatories of A Common Word Between Us and You, an open letter by Islamic scholars to Christian leaders, calling for peace and understanding.


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