Nuh Ha Mim Keller

Nuh Ha Mim Keller

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Nuh Ha Mim Keller (born 1954) is an American Muslim translator of Islamic books and a specialist in Islamic law, as well as being authorised by Abd al-Rahman al-Shaghouri as a sheikh in sufism in the Shadhili Order. He currently lives in Amman, Jordan.

Early life and education

Keller was born in 1954 in the Northwestern United States. He studied philosophy and Arabic at the University of Chicago and the University of California, Los Angeles. Keller converted to Islam from Christianity in 1977.


His English translation of Umdat al-Salik, Reliance of the Traveller, (Sunna Books, 1991) is a Shafi'i manual of Shariah. It is the first Islamic legal work in a European language to receive the certification of Al-Azhar University.

Nuh Ha Mim Keller possesses ijazas, or "certificates of authorisation", in Islamic jurisprudence from sheikhs in Syria and Jordan.

His other works include:
  • Sea Without Shore: A Manual of the Sufi Path, an extensive treatment of the science of tasawwuf. This work includes biographies of five accomplished Sufis that the author met.

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