Jihad Turk


Jihad Turk has been instrumental in the establishment of Bayan Claremont, a graduate school designed to educate Muslim scholars and religious leaders. He previously served as the Director of Religious Affairs at the Islamic Center of Southern California, the oldest and largest mosque in the Los Angeles area.

His field of research focuses on Islamic Law with an emphasis on usul al-fiqh, or jurisprudence as well as theology. His current interests also include identity formation in the American-Muslim community, interfaith relations, Islamic reform movements, and community leadership and development with a focus on youth.


B.A – UC Berkeley
M.A – UT Austin
Ph.D. – (in progress)

Community Service & Interfaith Activity

  • UC President’s Council on Campus Climate, Culture, and Inclusion: Advisory Member
  • Muslim Jewish High School Leadership Council: Advisory Board Member
  • Islamic Society of North America: West Zone Rep. & Majlis al-Shura Member
  • Levantine Cultural Center: Advisory Board Member
  • reGeneration: Board Member & Founding Board Member
  • Muslim Youth Camp: Instructor
  • The Christian-Muslim Consultative Group: Co-Chair & Co-Founder
  • UMMA Community Clinic: Advisory Member