Alwaleed bin Talal Seminar in Islamic Studies

The Alwaleed bin Talal Seminar in Islamic Studies aims to bring experts from an array of fields within the specialty of Islamic Studies to the Harvard campus over the course of the academic year. This series is meant to be an educational opportunity for students to interact and learn in a seminar-style setting from world-class experts on topics ranging from Islamic philosophy, law, Sufism, Arabic and Qur'anic studies and modern thought. The aim of the Islamic Studies Seminar Series is to bolster intellectual engagement within the field of Islamic studies more broadly on the Harvard campus, and to allow students to engage with cutting-edge research and scholarship on Islam and Islamic studies.


The Quran in the American Imagination

Zareena Grewal, Associate Professor American Studies and Religious Studies, Yale University

Monday, February 25, 2019


William James Hall 601

“City and Countryside as understood in Medieval Arabic-Persian Dictionaries”
Roy Mottahedeh, Professor Emeritus of History
Harvard University
March 28, 2019
3:00-4:30pm (tentative)

"Al-Ghazālī and the Epistemology of Legal Analogy (Qiyās): How Greek Logic Ascertains Islamic Law"
Felicitas Opwis, Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies
Georgetown University
Thursday, April 11, 2019

“Race, Religion, and Revolution in Islamic West Africa since 1770”
Rudolph Ware, Associate Professor of History
University of California - Santa Barbara
Thursday, May 2, 2019
1:00-2:30pm (tentative

Details forthcoming


Contact: Farah El-Sharif, Seminar Coordinator