Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller written a booklet called "Becoming Muslim" it is a personal account of his "con/reversion" to Islam.
His biggest achievement is that of translating a very important book on Islamic Laws called The Reliance of the Traveller [`Umdat as-Salik].
Mr. Keller, born in 1954 in the northwestern United States, was educated in philosophy and Arabic at the University of Chicago and UCLA. He entered Islam in 1977 at al-Azhar in Cairo, and later studied the traditional Islamic Sciences of hadith, Shafi'i and Hanafi jurisprudence, legal methodology (usul al-fiqh), and tenets of faith (`aqidah) in Syria and Jordan, where he has lived since 1980. His English translation of `Umdat al-Salik [The Reliance of the Traveller] (1250 pp., Sunna Books, 1991) is the first Islamic legal work in a European language to receive the certification of al-Azhar, the Muslim world's oldest institution of higher learning. He also possesss ijazas or `certificates of authorisation' in Islamic jurisprudence from sheikhs in Syria and Jordan
His other translations and works include: Al-Maqasid: Imam Nawawi's Manual of Islam; The Sunni Path: A Handbook of Islamic Belief; and Tariqa Notes. He is currently translating Imam Nawawi's Kitab al-Adhkar [The Book of Remembrance of Allah], a compendium of some 1227 hadiths on prayers and dhikrs according to the Prophetic Sunnah.
*Certificate of al-Azhar: ". . . We certify that the above-mentioned translation corresponds to the Arabic original and conforms to the practice and faith of the orthodox Sunni Community (Ahl al-Sunna wa al-Jama`a). . ." al-Azhar, the Muslim world's most prestigious institution of higher Islamic learning, Cairo. (Rajab, 1411/February, 1991)
*Review of the International Institute of Islamic Thought:
*Review of Dr. A. Kevin Reinhart, Dartmouth College:
By Dr. A. Kevin Reinhart, Dartmouth College. (Published in the Middle East Studies Association, MESA Bulletin, December, 1993)
*Review of Dr. Farhat J. Ziadeh, University of Washington:
*Review of Dr. John A. Williams, The College of William & Mary:
(published in The Muslim World.)
7. More information about Al-Maqasid:
Al-Maqasid: ma yajib ma'rifatuh min al-Din (The Objectives: what is necessary to know of the religion) is a synopsis of Shari'ah. It has 7 sections: Fundamentals of the religion, Purification, Prayer, Zakah, Fasting, Pilgrimage, and Virtues. The translation fills out the classic text with explanative notes. Transliterations and Arabic texts of the supplications and dhikr are provided.
8. Reviews of Al-Maqasid:
*Review of Dr. Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo:
Nuh Ha Mim Keller, an American Muslim, has studied `Umdat al-Salik word by word in the traditional way with two Shaykh-s (teachers),in Damascus and Amman, over a period of five years after which they gave him their written warrant (ijazah) to expound the book and translate it into English. He continues his traditional Islamic learning there, his next translation will be al-Nawawi's Kitab al-Adhkar (Hadith collection), Allah willing.
He is currently very busy working on a number of books one of which is a Hanafi Manual of fiqh with his wife who is a Hanafi `Alima, he is also working on a book called the Re-Formers of Islam which will be ready for publication in about 3 months insha'Allah, details of which I will supply nearer the time.