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.”

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About The Speakers

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf Hanson currently serves as president of Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California, the first accredited Muslim liberal arts college in the United States, with both bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. He was ranked by The Muslim 500 as the 23rd most-influential Muslim worldwide.

Shaykh Faraz Khan

Shaykh Faraz Khan is a scholar of philosophical theology with field specialties in Hanafi Jurisprudence, Prophetic Biography, Hadith, and Logic. After completing undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, he moved to Amman, Jordan, in 2004 and read classical texts with distinguished scholars receiving scholarly authorization (ijāza) after seven years of full-time private study. He joined the faculty of Zaytuna College in 2013 where he serves as lecturer in Kalam Theology and other courses in Islamic studies.

About The Chair

Remona Aly

Remona Aly is a journalist and broadcaster. She writes for The Guardian, is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought and a presenter on BBC Radio 4’s Something Understood. She is also an editor and podcast host for various platforms.