• 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.

Lawrence Jannuzzi


Lawrence Jannuzzi


Dr. Lawrence Jannuzzi is a scholar of history whose primary research areas include medieval theology, ecclesiology, and political theory; English and Italian church; and intellectual history. His secondary research areas are comparative church history and the Reformation in late medieval Europe, Tudor/Stuart England, and Colonial America. At Zaytuna College, he has taught Constitutional Law.

Dr. Jannuzzi earned his PhD in History from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2004. He also earned his Juris Doctor in Law from UC Berkeley, and from 1987 to 2001 he practiced as an attorney at law with Tobin and Tobin in San Francisco. From 2001 to the present, Professor Jannuzzi has held the position of general counsel and senior legal counsel for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Dr. Jannuzzi’s PhD thesis, titled “Adam Easton’s Humanistic Hierarchy: A Study in 14th Century Political Theology,” examines the life and writings of a fourteenth-century English theologian, monk, and cardinal whose political and theological work presents a unique integration of pseudo-Dionysian hierarchical thought with neo-Augustinian individualism, late-scholastic philosophy, and humanistic influences.

Dr. Jannuzzi has a reading knowledge of German, French, Italian, and Latin.

Dr. Jannuzzi joined the faculty of Zaytuna College in 2016.

Attorney at Law, Tobin and Tobin, San Francisco, 1987–2001

Email: ljannuzzi@zaytuna.edu

Office hours: By appointment


  • University of California, Berkeley, PhD, History, 2004

  • University of California, Berkeley, MA, History, 1997

  • University of California, Berkeley, Juris Doctor, Law, 1987

  • Arizona State University, Certificate in Scholarly Publishing, 1981

  • Arizona State University, BA, Education, 1978

Journal Articles

  • “William Lloyd Garrison and the Crisis of Nonresistance.” Journal of Massachusetts History 23 (1995): 21–43.

  • “And Let All the People Say ‘Amen’: Priests, Presbyters and the Arminian Uprising in Massachusetts, 1717–1724.” Journal of Massachusetts History 27 (1999): 1–27.


“Galbert of Bruges: The Notary as Poet.” In The Middle Ages in Texts and Texture: Reflections on Medieval Sources, edited by Jason Glenn. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011


“Canon and Canonization: Direct Revelation and Adam Easton’s Defense of St. Birgitta.” Medieval Association of the Pacific, Spring 2005.