We are excited to announce that Khaled El-Rouayheb, James Richard Jewett Professor of Arabic and Islamic Intellectual History and chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, is the new faculty director of the Alwaleed Islamic Studies...
The Alwaleed Program team speaks with Dr. Rushain Abbasi, winner of the 2021 Alwaleed bin Talal Prize for Best Dissertation in Islamic Studies for his dissertation entitled, "Beyond the Realm of Religion: The Idea of the Secular in Premodern Islam." In this study, Rushain challenges the prevailing view that maintains that premodern Muslims did not distinguish between the religious and the secular and that this distinction only emerged with the invention of these categories in the modern, post-Enlightenment West. His longue durée study demonstrates... Read more about Ep. 9 | Beyond the Realm of Religion: The Idea of the Secular in Premodern Islam | Dr. Rushain Abbasi
On April 29, 2021, Carl Sharif El-Tobgui, Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Brandeis University, gave a talk at the Alwaleed Bin Talal Seminar in Islamic Studies about his new book, Ibn Taymiyya on Reason and Revelation: A Study of Darʾ taʿāruḍ al-ʿaql wa-l-naql (Brill, 2020).
On April 7, 2021, Omid Safi, Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University, spoke about the tradition of Mazhab-e 'Eshq, Path of Radical Love, of the mystics Ahmad al-Ghazali and Kharaqani as an important element of the context in which Rumi should be understood.