is an American scholar of Islam, instructor, entrepreneur, and ethical investments advisor.
He regularly lectures on topics such as Islamic law, legal theory, financial ethics, and thought.
This site features his writings, blog posts, and financial planning services.
About This Site
If you are interested in learning more about me personally, read more below. If you’re looking for articles I’ve published? You can find them on academia.edu. If its books you’re interested in, check out this page that will show you all of my books, both current and forthcoming. I also offering online training and video courses, which can be found here. Need to ask a question? You can send your question to him through this site, or follow him on social media and check out when he does Q/A sessions. If you’re interested in a consultation on one of the areas of my expertise, look here for more on the services I offer. I also regularly blog on this site, and you can see the latest posts here.
About Joe Bradford
In 2004 I graduated with LLB in comparative Islamic Law and Legal Theory from the Islamic University of Medina, KSA. My main academic interests at this time were financial law, legal maxims, the legal thought of the Hanbali school. Then in 2005 I became the first American to be accepted to the masters of law program in the same university. My research during this period focused on euthanasia, arbitration in minority Muslim environments, business structures in medieval Islamic law, and the use of weak hadith in the Hanbali legal school.
During this time I took the opportunity to spend extensive time studying classical texts in legal theory, seerah, law, and theology. I also began work in document review for several private and governmental entities, reviewing drafting and legal compliance issues. Shortly thereafter I started work as a senior consultant in Islamic banking, specializing in deal structuring, drafting review, and shariah compliance. A majority of my work focused on researching syndicated finance deals, corporate finance and investment products.
In 2009 I received my Master of Law on adjudication in the Shafi school of Islamic law through the work of Mamluk era polymath Badr al-Din al-Zarkashi.
After this I continued my corporate work, gaining experience in treasury products, mergers and acquisitions, syndicated loans, corporate finance, in addition to other areas. After returning to the US many questions about personal finance were posed to me. I began working with lawyers and financial planners to explore solutions to these issues in financial planning and estate planning. To formalize my study of the topic of personal finance I attended Rice University’s Financial Planning program. Some of my projects leveraging this experience include the Islamic Estate Planning tool MyWassiyah.com, the Muslim Money Guide (forthcoming), and several investment funds that I now advise on.
Based on seminars I’ve delivered and answers to the numerous questions I’ve received over the years on Zakat, I wrote Simple Zakat Guide. Currently I am researching mortgages and planning a seminar at the end of October on this topic. You can see the rest of my books and courses here.
I currently am an adjunct at several institutions, teaching the Arabic language, Islamic law, and Quranic exegesis. In addition to teaching, I have been writing and furthering my research on financial transactions, pre-modern Islamic reform movements, and the Hanbali school.