Lead Professor

Ahmed Khater was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in legal studies, and attained a second B.A. from Al-Azhar University in Islamic sciences and Arabic language. He received an M.A. from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley with a specialization in Islamic law and legal theory, and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union specializing in Islamic law and legal theory. He has received ijazat (licenses) in various Islamic sciences, including ones to teach and narrate the Hanbali school of law. He is an assistant professor of Islamic Studies at Guidance College and the dean of the Department of Islamic Studies there. He is also a lecturer of Islamic studies at the Graduate Theological Union, Saint Mary’s College (adjunct assistant professor), Islamic University of Minnesota (assistant professor of Islamic law, dean of English Faculty of Shariah), and was a lecturer of Arabic language at the University of California, Berkeley. He teaches and designs curriculum at Mishkah University, and he previously worked with Al-Azhar University’s Department of Islamic Studies in English to edit books and articles for the scholars of Al-Azhar. He works with the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America answering legal questions for their fatwa (legal edict) chat/hotline services, and as an Islamic law consultant, Resident Fatwa Committee secretary, and translator/editor. He teaches the traditional Islamic sciences at Zidni Institute, and is the resident scholar of Masjid Annur Islamic Center.

Dr Ahmed Khatar-


  • PhD Graduate Theological Union specializing in Islamic law and legal theory
  • Master’s Graduate Theological Union
  • Bachelor’s -Legal Studies University of California at Berkley


  • St Mary’s College-adjunct
  • Mishkah University
  • Al-Azhar University
  • Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America, Resident Fatwa Committee, Secretary, Translator/Editor
  • Zidni Institute-Professor of Islamic Sciences
  • Masjid Annur Islamic Center-Resident Scholar
  • University of Minnesota-Assistant Professor of Islamic Law, dean of English Faculty of Shariah
  • University of California, Berkeley, lecturer of Arabic language