Join Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Hanson as he discusses the Zaytuna Curriculum Series and its latest addition, An Introduction to Islamic Theology: Imam Nūr al-Dīn al-Śābūnī’s Al-Bidāyah fī uśūl al-dīn – a book that explains the central tenets of Islamic creed and provides a rare rendering into the English language of the enduring relevance of the Islamic theology (kalam) commentary tradition.

The Zaytuna Curriculum Series is a natural outgrowth of Zaytuna College, the first accredited Muslim liberal arts college in the United States, where Shaykh Hamza currently serves as president. The curriculum series is a project that cultivates a welcoming and curious intellectual climate by publishing texts, commentaries, and new works from the Islamic tradition, as well as from other traditions, to educate students in both the Islamic and Western liberal arts traditions.

Shaykh Hamza says: “Kalam (Islamic theology), like all the great sciences and teachings of Islam, needs renewal and development, especially in light of the immense strides our species has made in the physical sciences – sciences that Muslim theologians were always engaged in during the great periods of Muslim intellectual flourishing.”