• About

    In 2009, Zaytuna College was founded in Berkeley, California, with a mission that called for grounding students in the Islamic scholarly tradition as well as in the cultural currents and critical ideas shaping modern society.

  • Academics

    As a Muslim liberal arts college in the West, Zaytuna offers a curriculum that provides its students with a foundation in the intellectual heritage of two major world civilizations: the Islamic and the Western.

  • Admissions & Aid

    Our mission is to educate students to become morally, intellectually, and spiritually accomplished individuals ready to contribute to our contemporary world in ways that are proportionate to their gifts and to the needs of human society.

  • Campus Life

    Zaytuna’s campus is on Holy Hill and students enter the College as part of a cohort, a community of learners that travel together through the curriculum.

Fadi Elhin

Director of the Arabic Program; Assistant Professor

Fadi Elhin


Email: felhin@zaytuna.edu

Office hours: By appointment

Dr. Fadi Elhin is a scholar of Islamic jurisprudence with field specialties in Shafi’i Law, Hanafi Law, Usul Fiqh, Arabic Rhetoric, Arabic Grammar, Arabic Morphology, and Teaching Arabic as a Second Language. At Zaytuna College, Dr. Elhin has taught Hanafi Family Law, Positive Law 1, Positive Law 2, Legal Theory 1, Legal Theory 2, Legal Maxims, and all levels of Arabic.

He received his BA, MA, and PhD in Islamic Jurisprudence and Its Foundation from the University of Jordan. He received an ijazain Qur’an Recitation in 1999. Prior to his post at Zaytuna College, Dr. Elhin was an Arabic professor at the University of Montana and Bergen Community College in New Jersey.

His PhD thesis, titled “The Legal Maxims of the Original Obligations and Their Replacements in Islamic Jurisprudence and Its Modern Application,” presents a comprehensive study of the principle of easement as it relates to the replacement of original obligations in Islamic law. The thesis analyzes original obligations and their replacements in Islamic jurisprudence both theoretically and through legal maxims and presents their contemporary applications.

Dr. Elhin is a native Arabic speaker.

Dr. Elhin joined the faculty of Zaytuna College in 2013.

Personal Interests

Reading, soccer, biking, hiking