Ustadh Yahya Alshamy is a student of knowledge and an economics PhD student at George Mason University. He grew up in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, where he studied Islamic studies at school and worked on Quran memorization. He also studied Tafsīr and Aqīdah/Kalām outside of school with his religious instructor, Dr. Khaled Al-Qurooti.
After graduating from high school, he moved to the United States and earned his Bachelor of Science at George Mason University, where he studied Economics and expanded his interest in nonviolence and peace studies. As a PhD student, his research focuses on defense, peace, and war economics, as well as economic development in the Middle East. He is also a PhD Fellow and F.A. Hayek Program Fellow at the Mercatus Center where he studies and researches cases of security provision independent of government and economic factors that make inclusive institutions operate efficiently.
Currently, he is a research fellow at Madina Institute’s Center for Non-Violence and Peace Studies as well and a student of Shaykh Dr. Muhammad bin Yahya al-Ninowy.