Ustad Ali Ataie is a professor of Arabic, Qur'anic Sciences, and Comparative Theology at Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California, the first accredited Muslim College in North America. He has also been involved in interfaith activities for over fifteen years. He has debated a number of Christian scholars on topics ranging from the historicity of the resurrection of Christ (upon whom be peace) and the Prophethood of Muhammad (upon whom be peace and blessings).

He studied various Islamic sciences with local San Francisco Bay Area scholars. He is a graduate of the Badr Arabic Language Institute in Hadramawt, Yemen, and studied at the prestigious Dar al-Mustafa, also in Hadramawt, under some of the most eminent scholars in the world.

Ustad Ali Ataie holds a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, with emphasis upon the New Testament - he is the first Muslim seminarian in the 147-year history of the school to earn this degree.

He is certified in Arabic, Hebrew, and Biblical Greek, and is fluent in Farsi. He also holds a Ph.D in Islamic Biblical Hermeneutics from the Graduate Theological Union.