Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

HDS 3045/RELIGION 1804/PERSIAN 108: Persian Sufi Literature

Instructor: Nicholas Boylston

In this course we will explore the major genres of classical Persian Sufi poetry and prose. In addition to examining the formation of these genres and their contexts of composition, we will pursue a range of broader questions, including: What is Sufism, and how do we discern ‘Sufi’ from ‘non-Sufi’ literature? What have the purposes and functions of literature been in Persianate Islamic contexts? What is the relationship between language, realization and experience Is Persian Sufi literature, and how do authors in the Sufi tradition deal with the problem of ineffability? What is the place of love in Persian Sufi literature and how is it conceptualized? And, how do Persian Sufi authors deal with the diversity inherent in human experience?... Read more about HDS 3045/RELIGION 1804/PERSIAN 108: Persian Sufi Literature

HDS 3029/ISLAMCIV 135: Early and Medieval Islamic History, 600-1500

Instructor: Nebil Husayn

This course will survey Islamic history from the rise of Islam to the end of the 15th century. The course will survey political, religious and sectarian developments in this period. Topics include debates about the Quran, Muhammad, hadith and the caliphate.Jointly offered in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as Islamic Civilizations 135.

HDS 3046/PERSIAN 105: Beyond Akhlāq: Ethical Literatures of the Persianate World

Instructor: Robert Ames

This course offers an overview of the development of classical Persian literature through the lens of ethics (broadly conceived as normative or prudent conduct), from the 10th through 15th centuries. Students will become acquainted with the key themes and beliefs at work in pre-modern Persian literature, and with the variety of literary forms, images and rhetorical devices employed to train the reader.... Read more about HDS 3046/PERSIAN 105: Beyond Akhlāq: Ethical Literatures of the Persianate World

HDS 3357/Islamic Civilization 179: Critical Perspectives on the Dynamics and Development of Islam in Africa

Instructor: Ousmane Kane

An estimated 450 to 500 million Muslims live in Africa—close to a third of the global Muslim population. The overwhelming majority of them lives in the northern half of the continent, above the equator. The spread of Islam increased the contact between the peoples of North Africa, the Sahara, and parts of sub-Saharan Africa. The course is designed to provide an understanding of the spread of Islam and the formation and transformation of Muslim societies in Africa.... Read more about HDS 3357/Islamic Civilization 179: Critical Perspectives on the Dynamics and Development of Islam in Africa

2018 Sep 28

CONFERENCE: Thinking Islam within Religious Studies: Methods, Histories and Futures

9:00am to 5:00pm

Location: 

Sperry Room, Harvard Divinity School, 45 Francis Avenue

On September 28, 2018, the Alwaleed Program hosted a day-long conference in honor of Professor William A. Graham's career and scholarship.  Professor Graham retired in July 2018 after a long and distinguished career at Harvard that included serving as the Faculty Director of the Alwaleed Program, Dean of Harvard Divinity School, Faculty Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Chair of the Department of Near Eastern...

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