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    History of Islamic Studies at Harvard

    An Interactive Timeline

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  • Harvard Islamica Podcast

    Exploring topics related to the scholarly study of Islam and Muslim societies at Harvard and beyond

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    Fall 2022 Courses

    Explore courses related to Islam and the Muslim world offered this fall

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    Alwaleed bin Talal Seminar in Islamic Studies 

    Bringing world-class experts on topics ranging from Islamic law and theology to contemporary politics and Islam in America and West Africa to Harvard

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    Research Methods in Islamic Studies

    A workshop series designed to support the research of Harvard students, faculty and visiting fellows

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  • 2020 Thesis Prize Winners

    Undergraduate and Doctoral Thesis Prizes

    Congratulations to Murat Eczacıbaşı and Dr. Mary Elston, winners of the 2020 Alwaleed Bin Talal Thesis Prizes!

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The Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University is dedicated to furthering the scholarly study of Islam and the Muslim world on an interdisciplinary, global basis.

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German Scholar Pays Tribute to Annemarie Schimmel on Her 100th Birthday

August 5, 2022

Annemarie Schimmel (1922-2003), Harvard’s first Professor of Indo-Muslim Culture, would have turned 100 in April 2022. In celebration of her birthday, German scholar of Islamic studies, Stefan Weidner, delivered a speech in honor of Professor Schimmel’s legacy at the University of Erfurt on April 23, 2022, which was later summarized into an article.

Dr. Weidner hails Professor Schimmel, one of the first women in a field dominated by men, as a pioneer of Islamic studies. At Harvard, Professor Schimmel had the distinction of being not only its first female professor of...

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2020-21 Annual Report now available!

July 11, 2022

In 2020-21, the Alwaleed Program continued its online programming and launched new projects: the Harvard Islamica Podcast and the History of Islamic Studies at Harvard Timeline. View the annual report to learn more! 

Eid Mubarak!

July 9, 2022

Eid al-Adha 1443Eid Mubarak! 

With best wishes this Eid al-Adha, 
-Khaled El-Rouayheb, Harry Bastermajian, and Meryum Kazmi
The Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program Team
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Alwaleed Bin Talal Seminar in Islamic Studies

Bringing experts from an array of fields within Islamic studies to Harvard.

 

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Faculty Research Grants

Supporting the cutting-edge research of Harvard’s early-career faculty in Islamic studies

 

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Alwaleed Bin Talal Thesis Prizes

Recognizing undergraduate and doctoral students who make original contributions to current scholarly discourse on Islam and Muslim societies, past and present.

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Research Methods Workshop

A workshop series that allows Harvard students, faculty and visiting fellows to develop skills to enhance their Islamic studies research.