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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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German Scholar Pays Tribute to Annemarie Schimmel on Her 100th Birthday

August 5, 2022

Annemarie Schimmel (1922-2003), Harvard’s first Professor of Indo-Muslim Culture, would have turned 100 in April 2022. In celebration of her birthday, German scholar of Islamic studies, Stefan Weidner, delivered a speech in honor of Professor Schimmel’s legacy at the University of Erfurt on April 23, 2022, which was later summarized into an article.

Dr. Weidner hails Professor Schimmel, one of the first women in a field dominated by men, as a pioneer of Islamic studies. At Harvard, Professor Schimmel had the distinction of being not only its first female professor of...

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2020-21 Annual Report now available!

July 11, 2022

In 2020-21, the Alwaleed Program continued its online programming and launched new projects: the Harvard Islamica Podcast and the History of Islamic Studies at Harvard Timeline. View the annual report to learn more! 

Eid Mubarak!

July 9, 2022

Eid al-Adha 1443Eid Mubarak! 

With best wishes this Eid al-Adha, 
-Khaled El-Rouayheb, Harry Bastermajian, and Meryum Kazmi
The Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program Team

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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