dawood yasin
Director of Student Life and Instructor of Experiential Learning Program

Dawood Yasin

  • Dartmouth College, MA, Liberal Studies and Globalization Studies, 2017
  • University of Massachusetts-Boston, BA, Community Studies, 2009
  • Abu Nour Institute, Damascus, Islamic Studies, 1997–2002 


Imam Dawood Yasin is the Director of Student Life and Center for Ethical Living and Learning at Zaytuna College. His field specialties include Arabic, Community Studies, and Ethical Living and Learning. At Zaytuna College, Imam Dawood has taught all levels of Arabic, leads the Experiential Learning Program, and teaches archery.

Prior to his post at Zaytuna College, Imam Dawood served as Muslim Life and Service-Learning Coordinator at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. He previously served as Director of Outreach Affairs at Zayed Center for Islamic Culture in the United Arab Emirates and as an Arabic language teaching assistant at Yale University.

Imam Dawood received his BA in Community Studies from University of Massachusetts-Boston in 2009 and his MA in Liberal Studies and Globalization Studies from Dartmouth College in 2017. He studied Islamic at Abu Nour Institute in Damascus, Syria. 

His MA thesis, titled “The Heart of All Contradictions: Muslim Industrial Meat Production and Its Challenge to the Ethical Practice of Islam,” examines modern Muslim industrial meat production and ritual slaughter, focusing on its legal, moral, ecological, and ethical considerations.

Imam Dawood is proficient in Arabic.

Imam Dawood joined the faculty of Zaytuna College in Fall 2013. 

Email: [email protected]

Office hours: By appointment


“Environmental Conservation.” In The Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, 2nd ed. Macmillan Reference USA. Coauthored with Professor Saleem H. Ali.

Lectures, talks, and other speaking engagements

“Engaging the Natural World with Our Devotion”

“Food for Thought: Healthy Habits to Enhance Your Ramadan Experience”

“Tayyib: The Foundation of Ethical Eating and Conscious Consumption”

“On Permaculture: A Conversation with Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah”

“The Courageous 5: Prophet Moses” (upon him be peace)

“Remembering Malcolm with President Hamza Yusuf, Imam Zaid Shakir, and Rev. Curtis Flemming”

“The DeenShow #742”

“The Majlis: Growing Your Own Food”

“Ta’leef Collective: Etiquette on the Path”

ICNYU: Islamic Center of New York University

“Lighthouse Mosque: The Interconnectedness of Our Food”

“ISNA: Nations, Tribes and Internalized Racism”

Personal interests

Holistic wellness, environmental spirituality, urban homesteading, halal BBQ, Brazilian jiujitsu, backcountry bow hunting, surf fishing