Islamic Scholars Plan for America's First Muslim College

Islamic Scholars Plan for America's First Muslim College 1

Laura Segall for The Chronicle

Maqbool and Farnaz Halepota, shown here with their 10-year-old son, have donated money to Zaytuna College. Dr. Halepota, who is from Pakistan, was impressed by how well the college's founders related to his sons.

Sheik Hamza Yusuf and Imam Zaid Shakir share a vision for the next step in the evolution of Islam in America: creating the country's first four-year, accredited Muslim college.

The two men, American scholars of Islam and leaders in the Muslim community, are criss-crossing the country building support for an institution they call Zaytuna College, which they plan to open next fall. The college will serve the nation's growing Muslim population, blending traditional Islam and American