2018-19 Faculty Research Grants

The Alwaleed Program offers grants for early-career faculty that are conducting new research in Islamic Studies. 

The following are the 2018-19 awardees: 

Shady Nasser

Shady Nasser

Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Faculty of Arts and Sciences 

Professor Nasser plans to hold a workshop on the Reception History of the Qurʾān that will bring together scholars from around the world who are working on the Qurʾān's textual tradition. This workshop will focus on recent scholarship around the standardization of the Qurʾānic text and will also be an opportunity for Professor Nasser to present and discuss his forthcoming book, The Second Canonization of the Qurʾān.

Gareth Doherty

Gareth Doherty

Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Director of the Master in Landscape Architecture Program, Graduate School of Design

Professor Doherty will use his grant for travel and research in the Arabian Peninsula to investigate the concept of "chromatic metaphor" in Bahrain.  Professor Doherty suspects that green, a color often associated with Islam, is considered to be the color of the Shiʿa and Iran in Bahrain and that the Sunni-controlled nation thus seeks to use red as a "chromatic metaphor" for green. 

Ahmed Ragab

Ahmed Ragab

Richard T. Watson Associate Professor of Religion and Science, Harvard Divinity School, and Associate Professor, Department of the History of science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences 

Professor Ragab will travel and conduct research for his book, The Islam Archive: a Meta-History of Islam in the Colonial and Post-Colonial World, which is currently under agreement with Princeton University Press.  This book will construct a meta-history and investigate how “Islamic history” was produced in the traditional Golden Age/Decline dichotomy that emerged in Orientalist and Colonial discourses and spread to the Islamic world.