Imran Ghani, Class of 2018
Imran is from Houston, TX. He came to Zaytuna to work on his faith in God and to better understand Islam. His research interests include Qur'anic exegesis and the history of Islam in South Asia. He enjoys running, playing tennis, and daydreaming.
Imam Zaid Shakir
Imam Zaid is a co-founder of Zaytuna College and an esteemed senior faculty member. He is a prolific writer on an impressively diverse array of topics. He teaches Islamic Law and History and the Advanced Arabic Seminar at the College.
Safiyah Lazkani, Class of 2018
Safiyah is from Hayward, CA. She came to Zaytuna to strengthen her faith in God and her understanding of Islam. She finds joy in baking indulgent sweets for friends and family. Safiyah is passionate about societal issues and enjoys researching and writing about them.
Quratulain Shoukat, Class of 2017
Quratulain is from Baltimore, MD. She has a passion and appreciation for the great outdoors, southern cuisine, and good humor.
Dr. Colleen Keyes
Dr. Colleen is from New Haven, Connecticut. She loves her family, her work, students, books, and knowledge and actions that benefit humanity. Her research interests include the "history of Palestine, Edward Said's life and thought, questions of representation, the relationship between interpretations of religious texts and political theologies, and theologies of liberation."
Scott Doolin, Class of 2018
Scott is from the Bay Area and came to Zaytuna to readjust.
Scott likes to hike and the idea of gardening. He enjoys writing about the philosophy of language.
Omar Bayramoglu, Class of 2016
Omar is from New Jersey. He came to Zaytuna to work on himself. His interests include cosmology, technology, and Islamic theology. He plans to pursue further Islamic studies after Zaytuna.
Rohban Zahid, Class of 2017
Rohban is from Springfield, IL. He came to Zaytuna for its curriculum and the opportunity to learn Arabic. He enjoys playing sports and reading historical fiction, biographical works, and social theories. Rohban enjoys writing about human psychology and social issues and trends.
Aisha Ibrahim, Class of 2017
Aisha is from the South Side of Chicago. She enjoys a variety of artistic media- from ceramics and pottery to painting and cosmetics. When applying to colleges, she was told to go where she felt most at home. Zaytuna has not disappointed her. Aisha enjoys discussing and writing on legnth about racial and social inequality.
Reema Lateef, Class of 2016
Reema is from Orlando, FL. She is a marathon runner, an avid writer, aspiring lawyer, feminist extraordinaire, globe trotter, and a lover of Victorian English novels. Reema is a counter-culture advocate and a harsh critic of social and racial hypocrisies. She is also interested in the intersection of the law and sexual-based violence.
Hanna Kim, Class of 2019
Hanna is from the Bay Area. As she grew older and became increasingly exposed to the culture, customs, and general normalities of the "American life," she began to consider her role in the the narrative of Islam in the West. She intends to pursue a career in journalism.
Hicham Hall, Class of 2019
Moroccan-born and American bred Hicham hails from the DC area. He came to Zaytuna to get a world class education and to connect with God and His Messenger. Hicham is dedicated to perfecting his soul through the enlightened company of people of Knowledge. Hicham is also a dedicated gym-enthusiast.
Yusuf Masud, Class of 2018
Yusuf is from a suburb in Phoenix, AZ. He came to Zaytuna for its unique curriculum and the qualified scholarship. He is interested in the intersection of theology, philosophy, spirituality and metaphysics. He enjoys reading, writing, and romanticizing.
Ahmed Kunbargi, Class of 2017
Ahmed is from Southern California. His interests include, but are not limited to: sailing, backpacking, and reading. He loves mountains, forests, and trees.
Ayesha Darab, Class of 2016
Ayesha is from Vienna, VA. She enjoys gardening and, ever now and then, will philosophize. She is interested in Islam and psychology, law, and pastoral care. Ayesha will be pursuing her Masters degree.
Imam Bilal Ansari
Bilal is from New Haven, CT. He is the director of student life and a longtime chaplain with years of experience and training from Hartford Seminary. He loves keeping the company of shepherds and students of knowledge.
Join us as we prepare to launch our first Olea Press video production.
Our video project purposes to provide a creative, visual platform by which Zaytuna students, faculty, and staff would be able to express their thoughts on topics often neglected in the common spaces, namely the classroom.
This is because Olea Press is dedicated to giving due attention to socially-relevant issues with unwavering commitment to the moral and ethical. At Olea Press, we aim to get to the core of issues, by extracting the oil from the olive. We believe knowledge to possess the radical ability to penetrate both writer and reader. Join us as we aim to realign the focus of our publications on the heart and mind.
Our participants were given one-word prompts on subjects varying from identity and social vices to seemingly pedestrian and ordinary aspects of life, such as anger, friendship, and honor.
Lastly, a thank you to those who made our project possible:
I find it utterly impossible to give due appreciation for the generosity shown by our eloquent and passionate participants and, most of all, our extraordinary film maker, Aïdah Aliyah Rasheed. I will do my best to offer my sincere and intimate gratitude to those who made this project possible. Thank you for your vibrantly colorful thoughts. Thank you for your glowingly indispensable enthusiasm. Thank you for your undeniably valuable time.
May God bless you all.