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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Colleen Keyes is Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Zaytuna College. She holds a Master’s degree in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations from Hartford Seminary and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Exeter, in the United Kingdom.
Bilal Ansari is a second generation American Muslim who holds a Master’s degree from Hartford Seminary, where he also earned a graduate Islamic chaplaincy certificate. He believes in building communities by empowering others to engage the world not as it is, but as what they envision it could be.
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.
Ali Ataie serves as adjunct faculty at Zaytuna College and is the president and founder of the Muslim Interfaith Council. He is the first Muslim seminarian to earn a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Islamic Biblical Hermeneutics.
Elinor Aishah Holland
Elinor Aishah Holland is one of the few Americans to study Islamic calligraphy in the traditional Ottoman method. She teaches and lectures widely and is also accomplished in Western lettering traditions.
Sulayman Nyang, a professor in the African Studies Department at Howard University, has done pioneering research relating to Islam in the United States and has also written widely about Islam in Africa.
Suhaib Webb is a nationally recognized American Muslim voice. He has studied at Egypt’s al-Azhar University and is the founder of the Ella Collins Institute of Islamic and Cultural Studies in Massachusetts.