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. Yusuf was also one of the signatories of an open letter to former-ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi that refuted the principles promoted by the terrorist organization. In , after a near-death experience in a car accident and reading the Qur'an , he converted from Christianity to Islam. In , Yusuf formally disassociated himself from as-Sufi's teachings and moved in a different intellectual direction having been influenced by a number of Mauritanian scholars residing in the Emirates. He and other colleagues founded the Zaytuna Institute in Berkeley, California , United States, in ,  dedicated to the revival of traditional study methods and the sciences of Islam.
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A leading proponent of classical learning, the traditional liberal arts, and great books education in both the Western and Muslim traditions, he has translated, authored, and coauthored numerous publications, including scholarly books and articles as well as papers on major current areas of ethical concern. He is a co-president of Religions for Peace and served on the Ethics in Action for Sustainable and Integral Development initiative, a collaboration between Religions for Peace, the Vatican, the United Nations, and other organizations.
He works closely with Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah, the architect of The Marrakesh Declaration , a groundbreaking document in defense of the rights of non-Muslims in Muslim-majority societies, translating it into English and promoting it globally. Yusuf has served as an advisor to many organizations, leaders, and heads of state.
Yusuf has been an innovator in modern Islamic education, founding the highly imitated Deen Intensives , and with Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Afa, he started the first Rihla program in England, which has been running for over fifteen years. Dozens of young Muslims who were influenced by his call to reviving traditional Islamic studies in the West went to the Muslim lands in the nineties and early part of the current decade to study, many of who are now teachers in their own right.
With Eissa Bougari, Hamza Yusuf initiated a media challenge to the Arab world that resulted in a highly successful cultural religious program that he hosted for three years and was one of the most watched programs in the Arab world during Ramadan. Cambridge Media Studies stated that this program had a profound influence on subsequent religious programming in the Arab world.
He has also been interviewed on BBC several times and was the subject of a BBC documentary segment The Faces of Islam , ushering in the new millennium, as it aired at pm on December 31st Hamza Yusuf has been a passionate and outspoken critic of American foreign policy as well as Islamic extremist responses to those policies.
He has drawn criticism from both the extreme right in the West and Muslim extremists in the East. Hamza Yusuf has also authored several encyclopedia articles and research papers.
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