Shahed Amanullah

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Original short description: "American serial entrepreneur and Muslim intellectual"

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Shahed Amanullah
Born (1968-02-05) February 5, 1968 (age 53)
Hollywood, California
Residence Washington, DC, U.S.
Citizenship American
Education University of California Berkeley Template:Small
Georgetown University Template:Small
Occupation Entrepreneur, Writer
Organization Affinis Labs, Zakatify, US Department of State
Children 2

Shahed Amanullah is an Indian-American entrepreneur and writer (born February 5, 1968).[1][2] From 2011 to 2014, he was the senior advisor for technology[3] at the State Department.[2][4]

He is the co-founder and chief technology officer of Affinis Labs.[5][6][5][7][8] In 2016, he co-founded Zakatify[1][4] In 1998, he created Zabihah, a restaurant guide.[9][10]

Personal life

Amanullah was born in Hollywood, California, to Indian and Pakistani parents who emigrated to the United States in the 1960s. His father became a structural engineer for Los Angeles County, and his mother worked for the U.S. State Department. He is married to Hina Azam, an Islamic studies professor at the University of Texas. They had two children.[11][12]

He holds a bachelor of science degree in engineering from University of California, Berkeley, and a master of business administration from McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.[6][7]

It was written of him that he "grew up running track, listening to Nirvana and reading the Koran."[13]

At UC Berkeley, he was executive vice president of the student organization[14] In a newspaper story, he was identified as a "senior civil engineering major from Fullerton,"[15] and in another article it was noted that he lived in a dormitory and took his meals after sundown during Ramadan. [16]

Professional and activist life

Amanullah became a civil engineer for the City of San Francisco.[17] By 1998, when he was living in El Cerrito, California, at age 30 he was considered a spokesman for "a burgeoning subculture: young Islamic America."[13] In 1998 he was a project engineer for the San Francisco Municipal Railway

In 2007, Almanullah operated "several web sites," including, which a newspaper interviewer described as "an increasingly influential forum where Muslims can write about contemporary, often controversial issues."[12]

He began his online work with a restaurant-review site ( and then was with a site dedicated to reviews of mosques written by contributors (, then to a guide to Muslim commerce (, politics ( and one dedicated to Muslim writing ([12]

He said in 2003 that before the September 11 incident he was interested only in publishing online reviews of restaurants that followed Muslim dietary practices but he launched the site "as a news and discussion forum for the Muslim community." At that time he was living in Danville, California.[18]

Late in 2003, Amanullah was noted as "a spokesman for United Muslims of America."[19]

Amanullah was telephoned by Denise Spellberg, an associated professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin, who wanted his support in her drive to stop the publication of a book by Sherry Jones about the prophet Muhammad's marriage to his third wife, Aisha. Amanullah, who at that time was a 40-year-old engineer and real-estate developer in Austin, Texas, said he sent e-mails to some two hundred students in Islamic studies, and what he got back was "a collective shrug of the shoulders."[20]

In 2009, Amanullah published a research paper for the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, titled "Technology and the Hajj." [21] The paper examined the effects that modern technology had on the pilgrimage to Mecca.[22]

In September 2010, Almanullah threw his support behind a plan to build an Islamic center two blocks from the destroyed site of the World Trade Center.[23][24]


Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said of Almanullah: "He's an individual commentator who deals with issues that he thinks are important to the American Muslim community. He has his perspective. You can take it or leave it."[12]

Zahir Janmohamed, an editorial worker based in Washington D.C., said that Almunallah's "primary concern is about empowering Muslims to create a space for themselves."[12]

External links

  • Shahed Amanullah, "Muslims in U.S. Wary of Protests," Chicago Tribune, July 29, 2007, Section 2, Page 5[3]
  • Shahed Amanullah, "Is There Room at the Inn for s Muslim Holiday in America?" Chicago Tribune, December 23, 2007, Section 2, Page 3[4]
  • Shahed Amanullah, "Ramadan's Time Has Come," San Francisco Examiner, December 20, 2000, image 1 [5]
  • Cecelia Kang, Knight-Ridder Newspapers, "Some Californians Carry Anxiety Over Hate Crimes," Reno Gazette-Journal, March 12, 2002 (Amanullah quoted.) [6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Yuen, Laura. "In Minneapolis, a call for Somali entrepreneurs, and 'sharks'". 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Shahed Amanullah | The Guardian" (in en). 
  3. Amanullah, Shahed. "Trump's ban is disguise for xenophobia". 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Shahed Amanullah" (in en-US). 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Field, Anne. "Hatching Startups With A Positive Social Impact On Muslims" (in en). 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Haskins, Caroline; Maiberg, Emanuel (2019-03-15). "The Christchurch Terror Attack Isn’t an 'Internet' Terror Attack" (in en-US). 
  7. 7.0 7.1 University, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown. "Shahed Amanullah" (in en). 
  8. Wildman, Sarah (2017-06-06). "Trump is quick to blame Muslims for terror attacks. He's slow when Muslims are the victims.". 
  9. "Shahed Amanullah (CTO and Co-Founder) - biography, personal life, career" (in ru-RU). 
  10. "Affinis Labs CEO Shahed Amanullah Fights For Equality And Social Innovation" (in en-US). 2018-09-19. 
  11. Carol Ness, "Keeping the Faith," San Francisco Examiner, August 23, 1998, page 14 (with a photo of Amanullah on page 1)
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 Eileen E. Flynn, "New Voice for Muslims," Austin American-Statesman, Texas, January 8, 2007, pages 1 and 5
  13. 13.0 13.1 Carla Power (Newsweek), "Young Muslims Are Redefining the Faith," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 17, 1998, page A-4
  14. Gretchen Kell,"UC Berkeley Students Are Slow in Reacting to Persian Gulf War," McClatchy News Service, Lompoc (California) Record, February 14, 1991, image 14
  15. Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times, February 25, 1991, image 3
  16. Dexter Waugh, "Muslims Try to End Arab Stereotype," San Francisco Examiner, March 31, 1991, image 25
  17. Rob Morse, "Then There Are the Cultural Casualties," San Francisco Examiner, April 20, 1995, image 3
  18. [1] Mary Anne Ostrom (Knight-Ridder), "News Web Sites Cyber-Explode," Sunday News-Leader, Springfield, Missouri, March 2, 2003, image 11]
  19. [2] Matthai Chakko Kuruvila (Knight-Ridder), "Hidden Voice of Islam," The Leaf-Chronicle, Clarksville, Tennessee, December 6. 2003, image 23]
  20. Nicholas K. Geranios, "Novel of Islam Finds New Publisher," Lansing (Michigan) State Journal," September 6, 2008, image 23
  21. "Shahed Amanullah |". 
  22. "Shahed Amanullah | Georgetown University -". 
  23. "Muslim Summit Planned Over NYC Islamic Center," The Dispatch and Rock Island Argus, Illinois, September 19, 2010, page A=6
  24. Same article in Sioux City Journal, September 18, 2010, page 8

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