The steady increase of Muslim presence in the West over the past thirty years—a trend driven primarily by negative economic and political factors in the Muslim world—has caused tremendous strain on the community’s intellectual, economic, and professional resources, which now support over 2,200 mosques, 475 schools, and a vibrant non-profit sector. While this growth poses profound challenges, it also presents extraordinary opportunities. One area marked by both challenges and opportunities is the effort to establish Islamic institutions of higher education in the West. This inaugural Zaytuna College conference seeks to examine the emerging conversation about institutions of Islamic higher education in the West with an eye toward the challenges facing the community.
This conference is co-sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, the University of California, Berkeley Center for Race and Gender, and the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.