• 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.

Talal Ahdab


Talal Ahdab


Email: tahdab@zaytuna.edu

Office hours: By appointment

Shaykh Talal Ahdab holds licenses to teach the classical Islamic sciences. Some of his field specialties include Islamic theology, epistemology, language, jurisprudence, and legal theory.He has over twenty years of experience teaching a multitude of Islamic disciplines to scholars and professors. Shaykh Talal’s long-term research interests include developing solutions to modern challenges through the purview of Islam's expansive and dynamic scholarly tradition. At Zaytuna College, Shaykh Talal has taught courses in Islamic jurisprudence, legal theory, and kalam theology.

Shaykh Talal is fluent in Arabic.

Shaykh Talal joined the Zaytuna College faculty in Fall 2017.


  • University of Ottawa, MASc, Communications—Transmission of Information

  • General and Advanced Licenses, Rational and Transmitted Sciences, 1994, 2007, 2008, 2010

  • Continuing Education and Private Courses in the Rational and Transmitted Sciences, 1986–2010