Zaytuna in the News

What It’s Like To Attend America’s First Accredited Muslim College Apr 18, 2016

rofessor Mahan Mirza looks out over his classroom, pausing from his lecture to gaze at the row of attentive faces stretched before him. The class is Freshman Rhetoric, and the students have just finished discussing the...  Read More

Do Christians And Muslims Worship The Same God? Dec 20, 2015

Larycia Hawkins, a professor at Wheaton College in Illinois, decided to wear a headscarf during the Advent season as a gesture of solidarity with Muslims. In doing so, Hawkins quoted Pope Francis, saying that Christians...  Read More

The Creeping Villainy of American Politics Dec 20, 2015

The threefold rise in hate crimes against Muslims since the Paris and San Bernardino attacks and the acceptance of hate speech as a legitimate form of political discourse signal the morbidity of our civil society. The...  Read More

Graduate Theological Union joins outcry against Islamophobia Dec 19, 2015

The Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, a leading center of theological education and interfaith cooperation offered a program on Thursday night to respond to the national debate about the rights and role of Muslims...  Read More

Zaytuna College on Religion & Ethics, PBS Dec 18, 2015

R&E goes to Berkeley, California to visit Zaytuna College, the first fully accredited Muslim liberal arts college in the US. Students study great ideas from both Western and Islamic civilizations, trying to revive the...  Read More

For young Muslims, the struggle to belong is ‘emotionally draining’ Dec 15, 2015

They come to him — students, co-workers and congregants alike, sometimes in tears — with their questions: What should we do, Imam Zaid? What should we do about the suspicion, about the hatred, about the second...  Read More

Thinking Outside the Mosque Dec 01, 2015

If the American Muslim community has a tendency to isolate itself, to retreat from the rest of American society, Zaytuna College is where that insularity comes to die. At the only accredited Muslim college in the United...  Read More

Muslim liberal arts college aims for a restoration Nov 20, 2015

Zaytuna aims to build a genera­tion of Muslim intellectuals who are well-versed in Aristotle as well as Avicenna, in Galen as well as Ghazali.   Read More

UpFront - What is behind ISIL’s attacks? Nov 20, 2015

After ISIL's deadly attacks on Paris, Beirut and a Russian airliner over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, has the group changed its strategy? On this episode of UpFront, Mehdi Hasan asks the former head of counterterrorism for...  Read More

All-American Sheikh Oct 05, 2015

Religious scholar Hamza Yusuf discusses the arc of Islamic civilization, the causes of Middle East conflict, and running the first Muslim liberal arts college in the United States.   Read More

Hamza Yusuf on Sky News Jul 01, 2015

An interview with Zaytuna College President, Hamza Yusuf on Sky News.   Read More

Think ‘Green’ Outside The Masjid Feb 04, 2014

One of the most beautiful aspects of our Islamic tradition is the constant reference to the outdoors. Repeatedly we are told to reflect upon the Sky, Sun, Moon, Stars, Mountains and Rivers, which are presented to us as...  Read More

Photos: Bay Area Muslims gather in Pleasanton to pray for rain Feb 01, 2014

A large number of the Muslim community attended a “Salatul Istisqa,” a prayer for rain held at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. The prayer was held by the San Francisco Bay...  Read More

Where Islam Meets America May 22, 2013

A good teacher is hard to find. A good religious teacher is harder still. A few years ago, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Suspect No. 1 in the Boston Marathon bombing, wanted to learn more about Islam. He’d been arrested on a...  Read More

Zaytuna College Hosts Historic Workshop on Environmental Education in Islamic Schools Apr 23, 2013

AN HISTORIC environmental service-learning program, initiated by Saleem H. Ali, founding director of the University of Vermont’s In­stitute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security (IEDS), was held Jan. 1 through 5 at...  Read More

A Muslim College Mixes Subjects to Achieve an American Feel Apr 12, 2013

I was a bit late for my meeting last week with 19-year-old Mussab Abouabdalla, who I hoped would explain to me why anyone would attend Zaytuna College, an unaccredited three-year-old Muslim institution with about 30...  Read More

First Muslim college in the US Feb 04, 2013

With only a dozen students for now, Zaytuna College in California hopes to integrate Islamic and western education.  Read More

Muslim school Zaytuna College moving to Berkeley’s Holy Hill May 30, 2012

Zaytuna College, a small school in Berkeley that offers majors in Islamic Law and Theology and also Arabic, is moving across town to a spot on "Holy Hill" north of the University of California, Berkeley campus.  Read More

Texans Turn out to Support Berkeley’s Zaytuna College May 11, 2012

A sold-out benefit in Houston Saturday for Berkeley's Zaytuna College will enable the country's first Muslim college to buy property on Berkeley's "Holy Hill."  Read More

US Muslim College Leaders to Visit Here [Houston] May 10, 2012

The leaders of America's first Muslim college are reaching out to Houstonians for support during a nationwide fundraising campaign.  Read More

Join CAIR-Chicago at Zaytuna College’s Fundraising Dinner Apr 10, 2012

Join us on Saturday, April 28th, in celebrating Zaytuna College on another successful year of accomplishment and academic growth....  Read More

Brick by Brick Feb 07, 2012

By 2013, the first liberal arts Muslim college may be established in Berkeley, California. Zaytuna Institute - from which the proposed college stems - was founded in 1996.  Read More

Seeds of Change: Zaytuna Shakes its Roots Jan 01, 2012

With plans to sell Zaytuna College’s Hayward property under way, the board is exploring the possibility of a housing community catered to the Muslim community built on the land – if a developer is found.  Read More

First Muslim college in the US Nov 25, 2011

A Muslim college in the United States is the first of its kind, which mission is to join Islamic scholarship with the Western academic emphasis on free inquiry and developing critical intellectual capacities.  Read More

Zaytuna College, First Muslim School in America, Opens in America May 25, 2011

Faatimah Knight's college decision came down to eight schools where she would have majored in English, or Zaytuna College, where she could study Islamic classical teachings in an environment that embraces all aspects of...  Read More

New Muslim College Welcomes Freshmen in California May 25, 2011

Amid the uproar over the proposed mosque near ground zero in New York, a new Islamic college recently opened its doors in California with plans to educate a new generation of Muslim-American leaders.  Read More

Zaytuna College Looks to Serve Muslim Students May 15, 2011

According to a study by the Pew Research Center, there were 2.6 million self-identified Muslims living in the U.S. as of 2010, and there will be roughly 6.2 million by 2030.   Read More

The Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union Apr 01, 2011

With the academic and religious resources to offer a distinctively interfaith and interdisciplinary approach, the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) founded the Center for Islamic Studies (CIS) in 2007.  Read More

New College Teaches Young American Muslims Sep 08, 2010

I don't know what I expected to find when I arrived at Zaytuna College in Berkeley, Calif., the country's brand new Muslim liberal arts college. Women in headscarves? Yes,  Read More

America’s First Muslim College Opens This Fall Aug 02, 2010

A new college started classes this summer in Berkeley, California.   Read More

US Scholars Planning Islamic College May 17, 2009

AP Religion Writer= PLAINSBORO, N.J. (AP) — A group of American Muslims, led by two prominent scholars, is moving closer to fulfilling a vision of founding the first four-year accredited Islamic college in the...  Read More

Wikipedia article

Zaytuna College (formerly known as Zaytuna Institute) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) educational institution located in Berkeley, California, United States.  Read More