Where else but California? The city of Berkeley, no less.

There, a small college has become the country’s first accredited Muslim college.

Zaytuna College received a letter last week notifying it that it has received initial accreditation to grant a single degree, a B.A .in Islamic Law and Theology. Whether that phrase means something other than Sharia law remains to be seen.

The college is a small one, with only a few dozen students. However, its founders have big ambitions, seeing the school as the first example of what could be a great network of Islamic colleges and universities in the United States.

In a statement on the school’s website, its president, Hamza Yusuf, said:

Five years ago, we introduced an undergraduate liberal arts program inspired by the idea of restoring the holistic education that had been offered in the great teaching centers of Islamic civilization. Zaytuna’s accreditation roots this vision in a reality recognized within American higher education. It gives our community its first accredited academic address in the United States. And we hope, God willing, that there will be more such Muslim colleges and universities to come.

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