The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


First U.S. Muslim college opens

Zaytuna College, the first U.S. Muslim college, has begun its inaugural year in Berkeley, Calif., with 15 students.

The four-year, accredited liberal arts college has an Islamic identity but is open to all faiths.

The college grew out of a pilot seminary program at Zaytuna Institute, a continuing education effort begun in 1996 by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, an American-born convert.

Founders hope many of the school's students will go on to serve the Muslim-American community as imams, nonprofit managers and Islamic schoolteachers.


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