Summer Arabic Intensive
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Visiting Scholars Series

The Visiting Scholars Series offers students additional workshops and presentations by distinguished scholars. The series provides a historical and sociocultural context for the Arabic language and inspires students to deepen their appreciation of the rich history and enduring culture of Arabic. The presentations include extended question-and-answer sessions that give students more opportunity to benefit and learn.

Past Visiting Scholars

Portrait of Hina Azam

Hina Azam

Hina Azam received her Ph.D. in Religion from Duke University and currently teaches Islamic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include Islamic law and jurisprudence, women in Islam, and patriarchy in Muslim societies.

Portrait of Tahir Anwar

Tahir Anwar

Tahir Anwar is a religious and community leader who also serves as adjunct faculty at Zaytuna College. He completed his religious studies in India, and he has been serving as the imam of one of the oldest mosques in the country, the Islamic Center of San Jose, since 2001.

Portrait of Hamza Yusuf

Hamza Yusuf

Hamza Yusuf is President of Zaytuna College and a leading proponent of classical learning in Islam. He is listed as "the Western world's most influential Islamic figure" in The Muslim 500, an annual global ranking issued by Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Jordan.

Portrait of Zaid Shakir

Zaid Shakir

Zaid Shakir is chairman of the board, co-founder, and senior faculty member at Zaytuna College. He is also the chair of Zaytuna's Student Affairs Committee, which looks after student residential life and co-curricular activities. In 2003, Zaid Shakir moved to Hayward, California to serve as a scholar-in-residence and lecturer at Zaytuna Institute.

Portrait of Jonathan Brown

Jonathan Brown

Jonathan Brown is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. He received his BA in History from Georgetown University in 2000 and his doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago in 2006. He has published books and articles in the fields of Hadith, Islamic law, Sufism, Arabic lexical theory and Pre-Islamic poetry and is the editor-in-chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islamic Law.

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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