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    History of Islamic Studies at Harvard

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    Spring 2022 Courses

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

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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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    Thinking Islam Within Religious Studies Conference

    Convened by Professor Ahmed Ragab in honor of Professor William A. Graham on the occasion of his retirement

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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.

About the Islamic Studies Program


2022 Thesis Prize Winners Announcement

May 20, 2022

After reviewing many impressive submissions, the Selection Committee has made the following selections for the Alwaleed Bin Talal Undergraduate Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation Prizes in Islamic Studies:

Undergraduate Thesis Prize:

The Selection Committee is pleased to announce that Farah Afify (Social Studies) has been chosen as winner of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Undergraduate Thesis Prize for her thesis, “Radical and Muslim: Islamic Liberationist Thought in the Black Panther Party.”

Farah explores the often-overlooked relationship...

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Encyclopedia of the (Variant) Readings of the Qur’an (EvQ/ErQ)

May 13, 2022

We are proud to announce that Professor Shady Nasser has released his new website, which has been years in the making, Encyclopedia of the (Variant) Readings of the Qur’an (EvQ/ErQ)! This project aims to be a critical apparatus of the Qur’an and, through continuing to add data over time, to become a comprehensive encyclopedia and resource on the history and transmission of the Qur’an.

This website gathers information from...

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Eid Mubarak!

May 1, 2022

Eid al-Fitr 1443

Eid Mubarak!
We wish you a joyous Eid and a great summer!
- Khaled El-Rouayheb, Harry Bastermajian, and Meryum Kazmi
The Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program Team
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Past Events

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  • HarvardIslamic
    HarvardIslamic For those who could not attend Prof Suleiman Mourad's "Ibn ʿAsākir of Damascus (1105-1176) and His Many Legacies: Sunnī Revivalist, Jihād Advocate, & Syrian “Nationalist”, you can find the full lecture here. t.co/PxHFrtNX7P
  • AfricaForumm
    AfricaForumm The Mosque of the Companions, Massawa, Eritrea. early 7th century CE Did you know? This was the first mosque built in the continent of Africa. It is believed to be the first mosque on the African continent. t.co/API1NPri55
  • AfricaForumm
    AfricaForumm Hajj Quotas are distributed according to Muslim Populations in each country! Indonesia 🇮🇩 make the largest nationality among Hujjaj each year followed by Pakistan 🇵🇰 India 🇮🇳 Bangladesh 🇧🇩 Egypt 🇪🇬 Iran 🇮🇷 Turkey 🇹🇷 Nigeria 🇳🇬 Algeria 🇩🇿 Morocco 🇲🇦 Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦

Promoting Scholarship



Alwaleed Bin Talal Seminar in Islamic Studies

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




Faculty Research Grants

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



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.


Research Methods Workshop

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