• 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.

Phillbert Cheng


Phillbert Cheng


Email: phillbertcheng@zaytuna.edu

Office hours: By appointment

Mr. Phill Cheng is a scholar of ancient and late antique philosophy. His research interests include Aristotelianism, Platonism and the Thomism, and the philosophy of education. At Zaytuna College, he has taught Material Logic, Formal Logic, and Philosophy.

Mr. Cheng received his BA in Philosophy from Saint Mary’s College of California in 2005 and his MA in Philosophy from Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in 2008. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Graduate Theological Union.

His PhD thesis, titled “Power, Likeness, and Unlikeness in Proclus Diodochus and Dionysius the Areopagite,” undertakes a fresh analysis of late Neoplatonic and Dionysian henology in examining how power, likeness, and unlikeness figure within Dionysius’s conception of creatures as finite and composite images of the infinite and simple Creator.

Mr. Cheng is proficient in Latin, Attic Greek, and Late Antique Greek.

Mr. Cheng joined the faculty of Zaytuna College in Fall 2017.


  • Graduate Theological Union, PhD Candidate

  • Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, MA, Philosophy, 2008

  • Saint Mary’s College of California, BA, Philosophy, 2005