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Confronting the Difficult Questions: Dr. Ahmed Khater | My Moment of Conviction

Was there a moment in your life when you knew for certain Islam was the truth? Dr. Ahmed Khater shares how a desire to be able to respond academically to doubts, led him to a path of seeking knowledge.

Revisit a Qur’an 30 for 30 episode where Dr. Ahmed reflects on Juz’ 3.

Ahmed Khater

Ahmed Khater

Dr. 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 a visiting scholar at the Graduate Theological Union where he previously was a lecturer of Islamic studies, an adjunct assistant professor of Islamic studies at Saint Mary’s College in California, an assistant professor of Islamic law and the dean of the English Faculty of Shariah at the Islamic University of Minnesota, a faculty member teaching Islamic law and a member of the academic committee at Mishkah University, and was a lecturer of Arabic language at the University of California, Berkeley. He previously worked with Al-Azhar University’s English Department of Islamic Studies 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) 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 in California.