• 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.

Mark Damien Delp

Professor Emeritus

Mark Damien Delp

Prior to Zaytuna College

Email: mdelp@zaytuna.edu

After having studied continental philosophy and existentialism as an undergraduate, Dr. Mark Damien Delp pursued primarily ancient and medieval topics, especially the metaphysics of St. Thomas Aquinas and Neoplatonism, in his graduate study. Over the years he has taught scholastic logic, medieval metaphysics, psychology and epistemology, Neoplatonism, and medieval cosmology, including courses on various ancient and medieval figures such as Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, Proclus, St. Augustine, and St. Thomas Aquinas. Beginning at the University of San Francisco (two years), his teaching years were spent mostly at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California (12 years). Courses: Logic and Philosophy.


  • Ph.D., Medieval Studies, University of Notre Dame Medieval Institute, 1994. M.M.S.

  • University of Notre Dame Medieval Institute, 1992. M.A.

  • Philosophical Theology, Graduate Theological Union, 1988 B.A.

  • Sonoma State University, 1984.

Selected Works 

  • Hermetis Trismegisti De Sex Rerum Principiis, Cura et Studio: Paolo Lucentini, Mark D. Delp (Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaevalis CXLII. Hermes Latinus II), Turnhout 2006.

  • “Abstract and Concrete Terms: A Study in Thomas Aquinas’s Exegesis of Platonic Texts,” in P. Arfé, I. Caiazzo, and A. Sannino (eds.), Adorare Caelestia, Gubernare Terrena. Atti del Colloquia Internazionale In Onore Di Paolo Lucentini, Naples, 6-7 November 2007 (Instrumenta Patristical et Mediaevalia), Turnhout 2011, 343-361.

  • “The immanence of Ratio in the Cosmology of the De sex rerum principiis,” in P. Lucentini, I. Parri, and V. Peronne Compagni (eds.), Hermetism from late antiquity to humanism: La tradizione ermetica dal mondo tardo-antico all'umanesimo: Atti del Convegno internazionale di studi, Naples, 20-24 November 2001 (Instrumenta Patristical et Mediaevalia), Turnhout 2003, 63-79.

  • “Alcuin: Master and Practitioner of Dialectic,” in Proceedings of the Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference (Augustinian Historical Institute, Villanova University), Vols. 16/17/, 91-103.

  • “Christian Platonism”; “Pseudo-Dionysius”; “Siger of Brabant”; “William of Moerbeke,” in Robert Benedetto (ed.), The New Westminster Dictionary of Church History, Volume One, Louisville-London, 2008.