• 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.

Mohamed Boufares

Associate Professor and Imam Ratib

Mohamed Boufares


Dr. Mohamed Boufares serves as Associate Professor and the Imam Ratib at Zaytuna College.

A native of Morocco, he is a hafiz of the Qur’an and a traditionally trained scholar of the Islamic sciences, specializing in usul al-fiqh, the Arabic language, and Maliki fiqh. In addition to his traditional studies in the Southern Moroccan and Mauritanian tradition, Dr. Boufares holds a BA in English Literature from Hassan II University in Casablanca and a PhD in usul al-fiqh from Qarawiyyin University Dar El-Hadith El-Hassania for Higher Islamic Studies in Rabat, Morocco.

Before his arrival at Zaytuna College, Dr. Boufares served as a professor at Mohamed bin Zayed University for Humanities and Almuwatta Centre, as well as the Assistant Director of the Emirati Scholars Development Program in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He is fluent in English, Arabic, and French.

Email: mboufares@zaytuna.edu
Office Hours: By appointment

  • University of al-Qarawiyyin, Dar El-Hadith El-Hassania for Higher Islamic Studies, PhD, Fiqh and Usul al-Fiqh, 2020

  • Hassan II University, BA, English Literature, 2017

  • University of al-Qarawiyyin, Dar El-Hadith El-Hassania, MA, Islamic Studies, 2014

  • Hassan II University, BA, Islamic Studies, 2011

He has published scholarly works on a range of subjects, including the branches of jurisprudence, the method of Imam Ibn-al-Qasim in the classical text the Mudawwana, and the science of logic.