Umar Lee is a St . Louis based writer and community activist.
His writings have appeared in The Nation, The Guardian, Politico, Quartz, The Huffington Post, The St. Louis American and a variety of other publications. In addition Umar Lee published the critically-acclaimed Rise and Fall of the Salafi Movement in America.
A St. Louis-native Lee converted to Islam in 1992 as a teenager. He studied Islam under Sheikh Abdul-Rahman Basir of the Islamic Institute of Learning, at the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in America, and under Sheikh Ali al-Timimi.