Summer Arabic Intensive
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The heart of the Zaytuna Summer Arabic program is the faculty. Zaytuna recruits teachers who are not only deeply grounded in the Arabic language, but also effective communicators who have proven their merit in a number of pedagogical situations. A core tenet of our teaching philosophy is that knowledge resides in the hearts of humans, not in the lines of books.

Instructors for each summer are finalized in the Spring. Below, you’ll find a list of previous instructors who have taught at our Summer Arabic Intensive.


Portrait of Ali Ataie

Ali Ataie

Ali Ataie (Summer ’14) teaches classes on comparative religion at Zaytuna College and is also an adjunct professor of Islamic Studies and World Religions at the Graduate Theological Union.

Portrait of Fadi Elhin

Fadi Elhin

Fadi Elhin (Summer ’13 & ’14) directs the Summer Arabic Intensive. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Jordan, in Amman, and has taught Arabic in many educational and community-based settings, including at the University of Montana.

Portrait of Faraz Khan

Faraz Khan

Faraz Khan (Summer ’13) teaches courses in Islamic Studies at Zaytuna College and has previously served as an instructor and academic advisor at the Qasid Institute in Amman, Jordan.

Portrait of Adrian Wood-Smith

Adrian Wood-Smith

Adrian Wood-Smith is the Associate University Chaplain for the Muslim Community at Brown University. Prior to his appointment at Brown, he served as the Coordinator of the Convert Continuum of Care at Ta'leef Collective in the San Francisco Bay area, and as the Coordinator of Student Life at Zaytuna College, the first Muslim liberal arts college in America, where he laid foundations for residential life, residential education, and personal and spiritual counseling.

Ensorullah Yama Mohammad

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Program at a Glance

  • 7 weeks of study, 6 days a week (June 19 – August 10)
  • A stimulating curriculum designed around classical Arabic texts
  • Equivalent to one year of university-level Arabic
  • Comfortable accommodations in the heart of diverse Berkeley, California
  • A daily rhythm that aligns with the pattern of Muslim religious life
  • Enriching visiting lectures by distinguished scholars


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