Harvard Faculty

2018 Oct 02

SHARIASOURCE LUNCH TALK: THE SOCIAL IMPACT OF LEGAL PATCHWORKING (TALFĪQ)

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Austin Hall 102

Aaron Spevack, Visiting Fellow, ILSP: SHARIAsource, Harvard Law School

Talfīq--the juristic practice of combining differing legal opinions to resolve a new issue and thereby produce an unprecedented ruling--is often framed as an impious and capricious endeavor aimed at cutting corners. However, jurists...

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2018 Sep 20

HLS Library Tour & Orientation: The Islamic Law Collection

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Langdell Library

Islamic Law Librarian Gayle Fischer will provide an orientation for those interested in becoming familiar with the Islamic law resources available at the Harvard Law School Library, both online and offline. Harvard Law School’s Islamic Law Collection is one of the largest institutional collections in the world. Gayle will conduct a mini-session on research strategies for finding sources on Islamic law within this extensive collection. For Harvard affiliates only. To register and...

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2018 Sep 18

HLS Library Tour & Orientation: The Islamic Law Collection

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Langdell Library

Islamic Law Librarian Gayle Fischer will provide an orientation for those interested in becoming familiar with the Islamic law resources available at the Harvard Law School Library, both online and offline. Harvard Law School’s Islamic Law Collection is one of the largest institutional collections in the world. Gayle will conduct a mini-session on research strategies for finding sources on Islamic law within this extensive collection. For Harvard affiliates only. To register and...

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2018 Sep 26

The Comparative Study of the Abrahamic Religions: Heuristic Gains and Cognitive Pitfalls

6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Sperry Room, Andover Hall, 45 Francis Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Center for the Study of World Religions, John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue, Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies present a lecture by

Guy Stroumsa

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Oxford University

Response by Jon Levenson, Harvard Divinity School
Opening Remarks by Charles Stang, Harvard Divinity School, and Adam Afterman, Tel-Aviv University

How is the comparative scholarship on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam possible? What are its presuppositions, and what does it entail? How can the history of religions help interfaith understanding? These are some of the questions this lecture will address.... Read more about The Comparative Study of the Abrahamic Religions: Heuristic Gains and Cognitive Pitfalls

2018 Oct 12

Research Methods in Islamic Studies Workshop

11:00am to 6:00pm

Location: 

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, 38 Kirkland Street, Room 102

Welcome 

Dr. Harry Bastermajian (Executive Director, Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program)

Middle East and Islamic Library Resources
András Riedlmayer (Agha Khan Program)
Ali Boutaqmanti (Harvard Middle East Librarian)
 
Islamic Studies & the Digital Humanties
Rashmi Singhal and Cole Crawford (DARTH)
Prof. Shady Nasser on EvQ (NELC)
Sharon Tai (ShariaSource)
 
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2018 Sep 17

Piety and Patienthood in Medieval Islam: a book talk by Professor Ahmed Ragab

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, Room 030, 1730 Cambidge Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138

Professor Ahmed Ragab will discuss his new book, Piety and Patienthood in Medieval Islam

Co-sponsors: The Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program, Science, Religion, and Culture Program at Harvard Divinity School, and Mahindra Humanities Center's seminar on Science, Religion, and Culture

Reception to follow

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2018 Sep 26

Riyaaz Qawwali Ensemble: A journey of cultures and faiths through Qawwali

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

CGIS South, Room 020, 1730 Cambidge Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138

The Riyaaz Qawwali ensemble was established on a college campus in the US 12 years ago. Since then, it has toured the country, debuting in Europe in 2017. Artistic Director and founder of Riyaaz Qawwali, Sonny Mehta will share his personal story from learning classical music to performing qawwali, the musical genre commonly associated with the Sufi tradition in South Asia. He will demonstrate the basics of qawwali, unfolding the relevant musical elements, poetry and important performance aspects. With the...

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Lebanon Elections

What Lebanon’s elections can teach us about the importance of religion

May 21, 2018

 

By Melani Cammett, Dominika Kruszewska and Sami Attalah

On Sunday, Lebanese citizens will vote in national elections for the first time since 2009. These are the first elections since the passage in June 2017 of a new electoral law and the first since the 2016 Beirut municipal elections, when a grass-roots campaign won almost 40 percent of votes, challenging Lebanon’s long-standing patronage-based sectarian parties.

 

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2018 Apr 13

Being Muslim Today: Building Bridges in an Age of Uncertainty

3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S030

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C. and the former Pakistani high commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ireland. He has been called “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam” by the BBC. Ahmed has authored more than a dozen award-winning books and has produced a number of noteworthy films. His most recent book, Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Identity (2018), completes an unprecedented quartet of studies examining relations between the West and the...

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