Zaytuna College was founded by three Islamists with a history of anti-American rhetoric, but you wouldn't know that if you read the New York Times puff piece about the California school. Readers are left to believe this is a moderate Muslim institution that will "foster an American Islam" to lead the Muslim world into the 21st century.
Zaytuna College is based in Berkeley and is an unaccredited school that operates on a $4-5 million budget. According to the Times, it has only 30 students and less than 10 professors. The author states that he hears it likened to "a Muslim version of the great Catholic colleges, like Georgetown or Notre Dame."
Keep that comparison in mind as we go through the records of its three founders: Hamza Yusuf, Zaid Shakir and Hatem Bazian.