Faculty

Abdullah bin Hamid Ali

Abdullah bin Hamid Ali is a full-time faculty member specializing in Islamic Law, Theology, and Hadith Science at Zaytuna College in Berkeley, CA. He is a lifelong student of the Islamic tradition. Born to Muslim parents, he began a serious study of Islam in his early teens.

 

Tahir Anwar

Tahir Anwar is a faculty member of Zaytuna College. He was born in London, England, and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1983. Upon completing his religious studies at the renowned Darul Uloom Falah Darain in India, he has been serving as the imam of one of the oldest masjids in the country, the Islamic Center of San Jose, since 2001.

 

Dr. Cindy Ausec

Cindy Ausec was born and raised in California. After graduating high school, she entered the US Army where she was trained as a German Linguist and spent four years in Germany. After army service, she earned a BA in International Relations from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

 

Dr. Rania Awaad

Rania Awaad has received a traditional license (ijazah) to teach Qur’anic recitation (tajwid) in both the Hafs and Warsh recitations from the late eminent Syrian scholar, Shaykh Abu Hassan al-Kurdi. In addition to completing several advanced texts of the Shafi’i school (madhhab), she is licensed to teach texts of Maliki jurisprudence (fiqh), literature (adab), and spirituality (ihsan).

 

Dr. Hatem Bazian

Dr. Hatem Bazian is co-founder, senior faculty, and Academic Affairs Chair at Zaytuna College. He is also a senior lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

 

Dr. Colleen Keyes

Colleen Keyes is the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs for Zaytuna College. She earned her B.A. degree in Psychology and Spanish from Clark University, the M.A. in Second Language Education from Fairfield University, the M.A. in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations from Hartford Seminary and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Exeter, UK.

 

Dr. Shirin Maskatia

Dr. Shirin Maskatia is Professor Emeritus in the English department at Ohlone College where she has taught for the past twenty-two years. At Ohlone, she was the faculty advisor for various student activities, including the International Students’ Association and the Muslim Students’ Association.

 

Dr. Mahan Mirza

Mahan Mirza is currently the Dean of Faculty at Zaytuna College. Having studied in traditional Muslim, interfaith, and secular academic settings, Dr. Mahan Mirza engages in the study of Islam from multiple perspectives.

 

Zaid Shakir

Zaid Shakir is co-founder and senior faculty member of Zaytuna College and also serves on its Board of Trustees. 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.

 

Dawood Yasin

Dawood Yasin is currently the Director of Student Life at Zaytuna College in Berkeley California. In his role, Dawood focuses on four primary areas: Residential Life, Community Engagement, Student Development and Student Counseling. Prior to coming to Zaytuna, Dawood worked as the Muslim Life and Service Trips Coordinator at the Dartmouth College Tucker Foundation.

 

Hamza Yusuf

Hamza Yusuf is the President, Co-founder, and a senior faculty member of Zaytuna College. He is an advisor to Stanford University’s Program in Islamic Studies and the Center for Islamic Studies at Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union.

 

Ali Ataie

Ali Ataie has been involved in interfaith activities for over fifteen years. He has been a guest lecturer and guest instructor at several colleges and universities, including Cal Poly State, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Cal State East Bay, and others.

 

Mark Damien Delp

Dr. Mark Damien Delp is lecturer in Logic and Philosophy at Zaytuna College. After having studied continental philosophy and existentialism as an undergraduate, he pursued primarily ancient and medieval topics, especially the metaphysics of St. Thomas Aquinas and Neoplatonism, in his graduate study.

 

Faraz A. Khan

Faraz A. Khan is a full-time faculty member and the Honor’s Program coordinator at Zaytuna College. He lived in Amman, Jordan, for several years, studying and teaching the traditional Islamic sciences, with a focus on Hanafi law and legal theory, theology, logic, hadith studies, and Arabic grammar.

 

Munes Tomeh

Munes Tomeh is an adjunct faculty member at Zaytuna College. He spent a year and a half studying in Mauritania where he was exposed to classical texts in nahw (Arabic grammar), sarf (Arabic verb morphology), and fiqh (Islamic law), including study of several chapters of Mukhtasar Khalil, a classical handbook of Maliki law.