• 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.

Hatem Bazian

Assistant Professor

Hatem Bazian


Email: hbazian@zaytuna.edu

Office hours: By appointment

Dr. Hatem Bazian is a scholar of religion, politics, and globalization whose field specialties include Islamic Law, Awqaf and Fatawa Texts, Classical Arabic, Palestine, Islamophobia, Diaspora and Comparative Immigration, American Law and Society, Arab and Arab American Studies, Race Theory and History, Colonialism, Post-Colonial and De-colonial Studies, Ethnic Studies, Multi-Cultural and Cross-Cultural Studies, International Relations and Globalization, Social and Political Movement, Comparative Liberation Theologies, Languages, and Media.

Dr. Bazian is also a professor in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and an adviser to the Religion, Politics, and Globalization Center there. Prior to his post at Zaytuna College, he taught at UC Berkeley School of Law; UC Davis; San Francisco State University; Graduate Theological Union; Saint Mary’s College; and Diablo Valley College.

Dr. Bazian earned his PhD at UC Berkeley in Near Eastern Studies in 2000. His PhD thesis, titled “Al-Quds in Islamic Consciousness: A Textual Survey of Muslim Claims and Rights to the Sacred City,” contributes to better understanding of Muslim attachment and informed political attitudes toward the sacred city of Jerusalem and Palestine in general.

Dr. Bazian is fluent in Arabic and can read and write in Persian and read in Turkish and German.

Joined the Zaytuna College faculty in 2009.


  • University of California, Berkeley

    PhD, Near Eastern Studies, 2000

  • San Francisco State University

    BA, International Relations—Middle East Emphasis

  • San Francisco State University

    BA, Speech and Communication—Organization of Communication


  • ‘Clash of Civilizations’ and Forging a Post-Cold War Order!
    Religions 2018. – view publication

  • The Indigenous Palestinians: Twice Dispossessed by the Biblical Text.
    Harvard International Review 35, no. 3 (Winter 2014).

  • National Entry-Exist Registration System: Arabs Muslims and Southeast Asians and Post-9/11 Security Measures.
    Islamophobia Studies Journal 2, no. 1 (Spring 2014). 

  • Bay Area Muslim Study: Establishing Identity and Community.
    May 2013. Coauthored with Dr. Farid Senzai, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.

  • Muslims—Enemies of the State: The New Counter Intelligence Program. 
    Islamophobia Studies Journal (Spring 2013).

  • Islamophobia: Fear, Bigotry, and Racism Find the Ballot Box in the 2010 Midterm Elections.
    CAIR’s Annual Islamophobia Report Same Hate, New Target (Summer 2011).

  • Internement virtual: Arabes, musulmans, asiatiques, et lan guerre contre ke terrorisme.
    Islamophobie: dans le monde moderne. Mohamed Mestiri, Ramon Grosfoguel and El Yamine Soum, IIIT France, and Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley, Paris 2008.

  • The Emergence of Al-Quds’ Name: The Etymological Roots for Al-Quds in Muslim Texts.
    Seasons Journal (Fall 2007). 

  • Virtual Internment: Arabs, Muslims and Southeast Asians and the War on Terrorism. 
    Journal of Islamic Law and Culture (DePaul University) 9, no. 1 (Spring 2006).

  • Affirmative Action Under Siege. 
    Cross Roads Magazine no. 54 (September 1995).

  • The Price of PLO Surrender: Almost a State. 
    De-Colonize Magazine (Fall 1994).


  • Erasures: Immigration and Refugees: The Collapse of the Post-Colonial World Order.
    Netherlands: AMRIT Publishers, 2020. 

  • Islamophobia: An Introduction to the Academic Field, Methods, and Approaches, 
    in Islamophobia and Psychiatry: Recognition, Prevention, and Treatment, edited by H. S. Moffic, J. Peteet, A. Hankir, and R. Awaad. Springer, 2019.

  • Religion-Building and Foreign Policy, 
    in Islamophobia in Muslim Majority Societies, edited by Enes Bayraklı and Farid Hafez. Routledge, 2019.

  • Countering Islamophobia Is a Civil Society Responsibility, 
    in Countering the Islamophobia Industry Toward More Effective Strategies. 2018. – view publication

  • Palestine: “…it is something Colonial.” 
    Netherlands: AMRIT Publishers, 2016.

  • Annotations on Race, Colonialism, Islamophobia, Islam and Palestine.
    Netherlands: AMRIT Publishers, 2017.

  • Human Rights in the Palestinian Authority Areas: The Long Shadow of Occupation.
    Encyclopedia of Human Rights. Oxford University Press, 2008. 

  • Jerusalem in Islamic Consciousness: A Textual Survey of Muslim Claims and Rights to the Sacred City.
    Al-Quds Press, 2006.

  • Principles of Jurisprudence: Al-Waraqat. A Translation and Annotation.
    Al-Qalam Institute Publication, 2002.

  • Recolonizing the Academy Under a Trump Presidency. 
    Plenary Session, American Academy of Religion, November 2017.

  • Future of Muslims in America. 
    Salam Academy, Sacramento, CA, February 15, 2014.

  • Zaytuna College and the Construction of Islamic Education in North America: Challenges and Opportunities. 
    International Symposium of Imam-Hatip (Vocational Religious) High Schools on Their Centennial Day, Istanbul, Turkey, November 23–24, 2013.

  • Islamophobia: Disrupting the Urge to ‘Other.’
    Diversity and Social Justice Committee, Mills College, October 10, 2013. 

  • A Look at Islamophobia and Public Discourses in America. 
    Group for research on Ethnic Relations, Migration and Equality, Université libre de Bruxelles, Institut de Sociologie, Belgium, September 30, 2013.

  • Muslim Americans: Between Virtual Internment and Probationary Citizenship. 
    International Conference on Islamophobia: Law and Media, Istanbul, Turkey. September 12–13, 2013.

  • Discourses on Islam, Arabs and Muslims in the Media. 
    Race and Resistance Lecture Series Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diaspora Studies, San Francisco State University, April 16, 2013. 

  • Race and Religion at the Golden Gate. 
    Pacific School of Religion, Graduate Theological Union, October 30, 2012. 

  • Islamophobia: Islam in Modern Light. 
    Political Science Department, Diablo Valley College, CA, October 24, 2012. 

  • Embracing Diversity and Educating a Global Village in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities. 
    Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC, November 18, 2011. 

  • Orientalism Revisited: The Colonial in the Post-Colonial. 
    Lecture at the 1st Annual Edward Said’s Mural Inauguration, Arab and Muslim Ethnicities Diaspora Initiative, School of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University, October 26, 2008.

  • Panel Organized: The American Muslim Vote: Exclusion and Inclusion. 
    Religion, Politics and Globalization, and Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, Berkeley, October 20, 2008. 

  • Between Oil and God: America’s Interests in the Middle East. 
    Department of Theology and Religious Studies and Department of Political Science, Saint Mary’s College of California, February 19, 2008.

  • Illuminating Dialogues: Palestinian and Israeli Perspectives in a Time of Crisis.
    Oakes College, University of California, Santa Cruz, October 10, 2007.

  • Mapping Arab Diaspora Workshop. 
    Richard Oaks Multicultural Center and School of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University, May 16–17, 2007.

  • Muslim Views on End of Life and After Life. 
    Contra Costa Crisis Center, Walnut Creek, February 23, 2007. 

  • Between Mecca and Main Street: Muslim Identity and Integration After 9/11.
    World Affairs Council, The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Institute for European Affairs and The Religion, Politics and Globalization Program, UC Berkeley, November 20, 2006.

  • ITVS Community Cinema, KQED Community Outreach and SF Public Library discussion and presentation of the film Shadya.
    November 15, 2006

  • The Silicon Rush: The History of Local Muslim Communities in the Bay Area and the Silicon Valley, 1975–2003.
    Organization of American Historians, November 2006.

  • Governing and Living in a Time of Terror: Law Beyond 9/11.
    Two-day conference hosted by Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley, September 8–9, 2006.

  • Fire Alarm: French, European and American Reactions to France’s Civil Unrest.
    Religion, Politics and Globalization Program, the Institute for European Studies, and the French Studies Program, UC Berkeley, November 30, 2005.

  • Democracy and Global Islam.
    Center on Institutions and Governance, UC Berkeley, April 22, 2005.

  • Islam and Muslims in America: A Brief History.
    Poetry for the People, African American Studies, UC Berkeley, March 1, 2005.

  • Muslim Vote and the 2004Presidential Elections.
    The Multicultural Center, University of California, Santa Barbara, October 25, 2004.

  • Empire and Its Subjects: An Islamic Perspective on the Conflicts in the Middle East.
    The Annual Noel King Lecture of the Committee for the Advancement of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, October 23, 2003.

  • “Professor Edward Said (1935–2003): A Celebration of His Life, Work and Resistance.
    Near Eastern Studies Department, and Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Berkeley, October 14, 2003.

  • Muslims in America: The Construction of the New Enemy of the State post 9-11 and the War on Terrorism.
    The Post-September 11 New Racial/Ethnic Configuration in Western Europe and the United States: The Problem and Continuation of Islamophobia. Maison des Sciences de I’Homme, Paris, June 2–3, 2003.

  • Islam Today
    co-host and co-oroducer of a weekly news magazine. A 16-week discussion series that explores the people, music, politics, and cultures associated with Islam. September–December 17, 2002. 

  • Decline and Its Causes: An Internal Islamic Debate.
    Islam in America: Rights and Citizenship in a Post 9/11 World Conference.” African American Studies Department, Center for Middle East Studies and American Muslim Alliance, Alumni House, Berkeley, September 18, 2002.

  • Islam’s Responses to Modernization. 
    The World Affairs Council of Northern California, June 4, 2002. 

  • You Were Not Created in Vain: The Affirmation of Our Purpose. 
    DePaul University Cultural Center and the United Muslims Moving Ahead, May 31, 2002. 

  • Palestine in American Muslim Consciousness. 
    Global and Local Dimensions of Asian America: An International Conference on Asian Diasporas, Radisson Miyako Hotel San Francisco, California, May 10–12, 2002.

  • Media Representation of the Other: Arab and Muslims Through a Narrow Lens. 
    Institute for International, Comparative and Area Studies (IICAS), and UC Humanities Research Institute at UC San Diego in a series on Violence, Trauma, Displacement, 9/11 and Global Emergencies, May 7, 2002.

  • Selective Images: The Selling of the War on Terrorism. 
    Lecture given at the Race, Gender and the War on Terrorism public symposium, Center for Race and Gender, UC Berkeley April 1, 2002.

  • Islam and Muslims in America: Past and Present. 
    Center for Teaching and Learning, American River College of Sacramento, February 1, 2002.

  • The Clash of Civilization Post 9/11 and its Advocates. 
    Islam in the Balance Conference, Bill Graham Auditorium on November 27, 2001.

  • US Policies in the Muslim World. 
    University of Washington, St. Louis, November 13, 2001.

  • The 1996 Anti-Terrorism Act and the Muslim community in the U.S.: The Shift from a Crisis Mode to Active Involvement. 
    Middle East Studies Association Conference, Washington, DC, November 22, 1999.

  • Mentoring as a Strategy for the Retention and Graduation of Underrepresented Students. 
    Achieving Graduate Diversity in a Post-Proposition 209 Environment Conference, UC Berkeley Graduate Division and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. September 23, 1998.

  • The Legal Foundations for Jihad in Islam. 
    The Berkeley Diaspora Studies Colloquium, November 5, 1998.

  • Patterns of Migration in the Middle East: Palestinians, Jordanians and Syrians in the Gulf States. 
    Global Objectives ’94 Conference: Migration and Sustainable Development. Stanford University, April 8–10, 1994.