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    Fall 2022 Courses

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

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  • Thesis Prize 2022 Winners

    Undergraduate and Doctoral Thesis Prizes

    Congratulations to Farah Afify and Dr. Janan

    Delgado, winners of the 2022 Alwaleed Bin Talal Thesis Prizes!

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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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  • Harvard gates

    History of Islamic Studies at Harvard

    An Interactive Timeline


  • Harvard Islamica Podcast

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


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


Ep. 12 | Revisiting 'Women and Gender in Islam' | Leila Ahmed and Kecia Ali

October 4, 2022
Professor Leila Ahmed's book, Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate (1992) was published in a time in which there was little scholarship on the history of women in Islam. Over the years, it became a classic and was re-published in 2021 with a new foreword by Professor Kecia Ali, who has used it in her own scholarship and also consistently in her teaching. In this episode, we talk to both scholars about Professor Ahmed's scholarship and the study of women and gender within Islamic studies, how far the field has come, and the work still ahead.... Read more about Ep. 12 | Revisiting 'Women and Gender in Islam' | Leila Ahmed and Kecia Ali
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Past Events

2022 Sep 14

A Qawwali Celebration of South Asia: 75 Years of Azadi



Sanders Theater

The Mittal Institute at Harvard University invites you to a concert celebrating 75 years of South Asian independence from British colonial rule. Qawwali is a uniquely South Asian musical tradition that is widely popular in the region and around the world – join us as we commemorate this historic event with one of the...

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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.