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Muslim liberal arts college takes root in Berkeley
Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | August 28, 2010 | By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times

Posted on 08/29/2010 10:24:34 PM PDT by thecodont

At a fundraiser in February for Zaytuna College, organizers seemed intent on preempting critical questions.

"Why a Muslim College in America?" the Anaheim event was headlined, as if anticipating the query from audience members. And throughout the four-hour gathering, the speakers repeatedly stated why they believed such an institution was needed, calling it an idea whose time has come.

Hatem Bazian, a UC Berkeley lecturer in Near East studies and a co-founder of Zaytuna, said that touch of defensiveness came after more than a year of crisscrossing the country and gauging sentiment from the American Muslim community.

"There's still some lack of clarity from the members of the community whether this is something that is needed at this point or not," Bazian said after the fundraiser. "People need to feel this is something that is needed for them to invest in it."

Zaytuna, which hopes to become the first accredited, four-year Muslim liberal arts college in the United States, this week welcomed its first students to its rented space in a Baptist seminary in Berkeley. The college, which has about a dozen faculty members, will offer two majors at first, in Arabic language and Islamic law and theology.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: highered; muslims; sharia
la-me-adv-zaytuna

Students Amanda Shreim, left, and Yasmine Salem give each other high fives after getting an answer right during an intensive summer study of Arabic in Berkeley.

(Bob Chamberlin/Los Angeles Times / August 28, 2010)

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Many colleges offer courses in the two "majors" mentioned, but the emphasis on a separate college is interesting.


1 posted on 08/29/2010 10:24:36 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: thecodont

“Muslim liberal” - 0xymoron alert!


2 posted on 08/29/2010 10:26:35 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Stimulus. 0bamaCare. Cap and Tax. 9/11 Victory Mosque. TARP. Amnesty. Summer of Recovery.)
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To: thecodont

Stoning 101?


3 posted on 08/29/2010 10:27:26 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: thecodont

The gay studies and feminist courses should be
interesting.


4 posted on 08/29/2010 10:28:19 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: thecodont

Genuinely interesting. You need to read the whole article AND read between the lines. This outfit is aiming for a genuine homegrown Islamic higher education with homegrown instructors and a homegrown curriculum.

The fact that it’s been in the works for a number of years already, has only a handful of faculty and is NOT being covered in petro-dollars by the usual suspects should be noted.

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“There are other Muslim higher education institutions in the United States, but Zaytuna officials say the college will be the first to merge Islamic and liberal arts education and, they hope, to be accredited. Zaytuna is seeking accreditation with the Western Assn. of Schools and Colleges and its leaders hope to complete that process by the time its first class graduates.

Zaytuna has sought to emulate American universities in another way by setting the goal of creating a $5-million endowment by the end of this year and a $30-million endowment in five years. When classes began this week, the endowment was about $2 million short.

“The endowment has been going slow,” Shakir said. “It’s a new idea, people are used to investing in more tangible things, like schools or mosques.”

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This might be the real thing (i.e. a nascent yankee-doodle-islam) or at least, the beginnings of one. And that’s why it’s unable to raise dough from the perfidious princes.


5 posted on 08/29/2010 10:33:55 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: tet68
The gay studies and feminist courses should be interesting.

I heard the course book is "Heather has Two Imams".

6 posted on 08/29/2010 10:34:38 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (It's easy being a communist when you're rich.)
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To: Dallas59

“Stoning 101?”

Bombmaking 101.


7 posted on 08/29/2010 10:34:56 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: sinanju
This might be the real thing (i.e. a nascent yankee-doodle-islam) or at least, the beginnings of one. And that’s why it’s unable to raise dough from the perfidious princes.

Maybe this is a tactic to buy American confidence by INITIALLY appearing to be less threatening and militaristic and theocratic.

8 posted on 08/29/2010 10:37:08 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: thecodont

A thoroughly open unisex liberal arts college will be unable to conceal any terroristic sieg-heiling or somehow keep its teaching materials under wraps. It can’t keep all its students sworn to secrecy.

This isn’t going to be conducted inside a walled compound.


9 posted on 08/29/2010 10:41:17 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: tet68
The gay studies and feminist courses should be interesting.

My thoughts exactly. I can't wait for these people to start butting heads.

10 posted on 08/29/2010 10:43:57 PM PDT by NurdlyPeon (Sarah Palin: America's last, best hope for survival.)
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To: NurdlyPeon
I noticed that the liberals have a better acceptance of Muslim as a religion than Christianity..
God forbid they tried to open a christian college in Berkeley,it would not be allowed..
I noticed it as well with the mosque at ground zero the libs are now arguing the first amendment in favor of the mosque...Strange days indeed...
11 posted on 08/29/2010 11:00:33 PM PDT by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: thecodont
This should be good ROP Jihad Soldiers meets Love, Peace and it doesn't hurt anyone it's OK Practitioners! I hope they are equally match, and struggle to the last person standing.
12 posted on 08/29/2010 11:20:15 PM PDT by J Edgar
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To: Uncle Miltie
“Muslim liberal” - 0xymoron alert!

You beat me to it Miltie! Anyway it bears repeating.
13 posted on 08/29/2010 11:30:59 PM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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To: thecodont

Can I get a Sharia Law Degree?


14 posted on 08/29/2010 11:39:48 PM PDT by Duck Fan
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To: GSP.FAN
I noticed that the liberals have a better acceptance of Muslim

See tag line....>

15 posted on 08/29/2010 11:49:00 PM PDT by spokeshave (Islamics and Democrats unite to cut off Adam Smith's invisible hand)
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To: thecodont
"Why a Muslim College in America?"

Because there are so many Muslims here? . . . Oh, wait.

Because Muslims have such a vibrant intellectual life to contribute to . . . Darn.

Because it's so awful back home where everybody's Muslim?

16 posted on 08/29/2010 11:49:23 PM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: thecodont
I'd like to see the curriculum for the "Wymen's Study" courses!

Mark

17 posted on 08/29/2010 11:49:48 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: NurdlyPeon

I can’t wait for these people to start butting heads.

Speaking of butting heads, one of the course books is

Miriam, One goat’s story of love.


18 posted on 08/29/2010 11:52:42 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: spokeshave

Yep so true...
Very perplexing, most libs hate all forms of organised religion yet find Islam very acceptable although it is against all of libs core beliefs such as gays,abortion,womens rights etc.....
If they ever established a caliphate in America all libs would be the first to be taken out and stoned for blasphemous beliefs....
I will never figure out libs completely...


19 posted on 08/30/2010 12:07:16 AM PDT by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

““Muslim liberal” - Oxymoron alert!”

You beat me to it.

“The college, which has about a dozen faculty members, will offer two majors at first, in Arabic language and Islamic law and theology.”

Definitely a liberal, diverse, inclusive curriculum! Next year it’ll be expanded to include Jihad 101, and Beginners Suicide Bombing.


20 posted on 08/30/2010 12:14:59 AM PDT by aquila48
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To: thecodont
What a hoot! The classical liberal arts education included study in the areas of language, oratory, logic, algebra, geometry, astronomy, and music -- the seven liberal arts -- and was intended to teach free men how to think and attain knowledge. Islam abandoned logic more than 1,000 years ago. Progressives in this country have been trying to eliminate logic from our educational curriculum for the same reasons Muslims dropped the subject -- because it jeopardizes those desiring dictatorial power.

The only way an Islamic liberal arts college can exist is within the progressives' concept of a modern day liberal arts education, which is structured not to teach students how to think, but rather what to think.

21 posted on 08/30/2010 1:01:18 AM PDT by skookum55 ("Why is the market going down? Because communism isn't bullish." Unknown trader, CNBC, July 2010.)
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To: thecodont
"Students Amanda Shreim, left, and Yasmine Salem give each other high fives after getting an answer right during an intensive summer study..."

Let me take a stab at the right answer. "Death to the Infidels."

22 posted on 08/30/2010 3:36:35 AM PDT by drpix
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To: thecodont

Where else?


23 posted on 08/30/2010 4:30:11 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: thecodont

/bkmark

thanks


24 posted on 08/30/2010 6:55:06 AM PDT by happinesswithoutpeace (1.416785(71) x 10^32 You are receiving this broadcast as a dream.)
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