ZAYTUNA COLLEGE

Berkeley, CA   |  www.zaytuna.edu

Mission

Zaytuna College aims to educate and prepare morally committed professional, intellectual, and spiritual leaders, who are grounded in the Islamic scholarly tradition and conversant with the cultural currents and critical ideas shaping modern society

Ruling year info

1997

President

Hamza Yusuf

Main address

2401 Le Conte Ave

Berkeley, CA 94709 USA

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EIN

33-0720978

NTEE code info

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

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Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Islamic Studies

Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Islamic Studies

Zaytuna’s bachelor of arts program is founded on an integral liberal arts curriculum, consisting of courses from both the Islamic and Western traditions of higher learning. Beginning with the trivium—courses in grammar, rhetoric, and logic—and an intensive study of the Arabic language, students progress through courses in theology, law, history, philosophy, science, and literature, while studying and reading classical texts from both traditions. The program is designed so that courses taken later both depend and build on earlier courses. Every course and graduation requirement is essential to the intellectual trajectory of the curriculum as a whole.

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At Zaytuna College, we recognize that learning is not limited—neither to classrooms and books nor to the regular school year. While many of our students took recess for the summer, the incoming freshman and sophomore classes engaged in the pursuit of learning Arabic through our Summer Arabic Intensive. In its first level, taken the summer before freshman year, the program introduces students to Modern Standard Arabic, aiming to help students achieve basic listening, reading, speaking, and writing competence in the language. In the summer before sophomore year, the program centers on a systematic study of standard Arabic morphology (‘ilm al-taṣrīf) and grammar (‘ilm al-naḥw) through Al-Ājarrūmiyyah, a comprehensive classical text by Ibn Ājarrūm (d. 1323). Alongside the yearly language courses, the intensive forms the backbone of our curriculum, fulfilling the oft-repeated advice given to new students—study Arabic, and do it well.

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Zaytuna’s master of arts degree in Islamic texts is intended to provide students with higher-level access to the Islamic tradition through a guided course of study in Islam’s primary sources.

The MA degree is a two-year program that culminates in a summative thesis. The coursework includes studies of classical Arabic language and literature; Qur’an and Qur’anic commentaries; Islamic philosophy, theology, and mysticism; Islamic law; and the history of Islam. Furthermore, each of the concentrations has a comparative track that allows students to study texts in the European tradition that parallel the Islamic texts in their ideas and methods. For example, the study of Islamic philosophy can be augmented by the study of Latin scholasticism, or the study of Islamic mysticism can be augmented by readings in Greek Neoplatonism.

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ZAYTUNA COLLEGE

Board of directors
as of 3/16/2022
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Board chair

Pervez Qureshi

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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White/Caucasian/European
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Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Heterosexual or Straight
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