2016 Summer Programs

An integral part of Zaytuna’s mission is its commitment to community education through varied programs such as the annual Summer Arabic Intensive; satellite seminars across the United States; outdoor education through wilderness treks and camping; as well as the weekly Living Links classes, which introduce didactic texts in Islamic law and theology to a global online audience.

This summer, we’re adding to this broad selection by introducing a new series of classes taught by our faculty and visiting scholars in a number of cities in the Middle East and Europe through affiliate programs.

At Zaytuna College

Summer Arabic Intensive June 19 - August 10Berkeley, CA

A six-week residential language program that incorporates classical Arabic texts and modern academic rigor within a nourishing spiritual environment. Students complete the program with the tools to begin a lifelong journey of learning Arabic. Learn More »

Affiliate Programs

Critical Muslim Studies: Decolonial Struggles and Liberation Theologies May 23 – June 3Granada, Spain

With Zaid Shakir, Hatem Bazian & others

A summer study program inspired by the need for opening up space for intellectually rigorous and socially committed explorations of decolonial thinking and studies of Muslims, Islam, and the Islamicate. Learn More »

Revisiting the Crusades and Constructing Europe’s Imaginary Muslim June 20 – July 1Amman, Jordan
With Hatem Bazian, Adnan Hussain, Amer Bdour.

This course examines the history of the Crusades and the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem not just from a Medieval European vantage but also from a Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and global perspective. Learn More »

Immigration/Refugees Crisis, Religion, Globalization and the Post-Colonial State July 11 – July 22Paris, France
With Hatem Bazian, David Vasquez-Levy, and Carla Vasquez-Levy.

The course addresses the ongoing global migration and refugees crisis readily documentable on the daily news and in extensive policy debates at the local, national, and international levels. Learn More »

Rihla Summer Program July 15 – August 7Samsun, Turkey

With Umar F. Abd-Allah, Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf & others

The Rihla provides students with knowledge that is both a religious duty for each Muslim to learn (fard ‘ayn) and immediately applicable in life, giving them the tools to take Islam beyond the classroom and be given practical knowledge with which they can live Islam. Learn More »

Palestine De-Colonial Summer School August 1 – August 12Istanbul, Turkey

With Hatem Bazian, Nur Masalha, Sawsan Zaher

A unique summer program that re-centers how Palestine, as a subject of research and activism, is approached, from primarily a focus on the ebbs and flows of the occupation into an examination of the history of settler colonialism and its multi-faceted impacts. Learn More »