"Rethinking the History of Plague in the Time of Coronavirus" by Nükhet Varlık

May 29, 2020

On April 30, 2020, Nükhet Varlık, Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University - Newark and the University of South Carolina, delivered a timely webinar discussing the plague in European and Ottoman historiography, questioning Eurocentric narratives and epidemiological Orientalism, and reflecting on how we can understand this history in light of the current pandemic. 

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Murat Eczacıbaşı and Dr. Mary Elston named 2020 Alwaleed Thesis Prize Winners

May 27, 2020
The Selection Committee was thrilled to receive many excellent submissions for the Alwaleed Bin Talal Undergraduate and Doctoral Thesis Prizes and has selected Murat Eczacıbaşı and Dr. Mary Elston as the winners for their outstanding and unique contributions to Islamic studies.  The Committee has also recognized Dr. Mira Schwerda as honorable mention for the dissertation prize. Congratulations Murat, Mary, and Mira! 

2018-19 Annual Report available to view!

April 8, 2020

The 2018-19 academic year was an eventful one for the Alwaleed Program.  As part of our commitment to promoting excellent scholarship on Islam and Muslim societies at Harvard, we introduced three new initiatives: the Alwaleed Bin Talal Seminar in Islamic Studies, Early-Career Faculty Grants, and the Alwaleed Bin Talal Prize for Best Undergraduate Thesis in Islamic Studies. Other highlights included a conference on "Thinking Islam Within Religious Studies" in honor of Professor William Graham on the occasion of his retirement, a panel on "Islam and Race" for Harvard Worldwide Week,...

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An Update from the Alwaleed Program

March 12, 2020
Dear members of the Islamic studies community, 

In accordance with Harvard's new restrictions aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on gatherings of 25 or more people and both domestic and international travel, the Alwaleed Program will postpone the remainder of our events scheduled for the spring 2020 semester. We hope to be in touch in the near future about new dates for our seminars, research methods workshop, and other events. 

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"Religious Freedom in Islam" by Daniel Philpott

March 5, 2020

In a Director's Series lecture co-hosted by the Middle East Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School, Daniel Philpott, Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, presented on his recent book, Religious Freedom in Islam: The Fate of a Universal Human Right in the Muslim World Today (2019).  The lecture was followed by a discussion moderated by Faculty Director,  Professor Tarek Masoud, about the meaning of religious freedom in Muslim-majority countries and its challenges and opportunities. 

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