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2019 Feb 25

Seminar: The Qur'an in the American Imagination

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

William James Hall, Room 601

“The Quran in the American Imagination”

Zareena Grewal, Associate Professor American Studies and Religious Studies, Yale University

Lecture synopsis by Farah El-Sharif

Seminar Coordinator / PhD Candidate in Islamic Intellectual History

The Alwaleed Islamic Studies Seminar hosted Professor Zareena Grewal, Associate Professor of American Studies, Religious Studies, and Middle East Studies at Yale University on February, 25th for an intimate round table seminar.

Professor...

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2019 Feb 25

Houghton Library: Praying for the Ottoman Sultan: A New Look at Manuscripts of Selected Surahs after 1500

5:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

Edison and Newman Room, Houghton Library

Houghton Library-Medieval Studies Lecture in Early Book History

 

The early sixteenth-century Ottoman realm saw an unprecedented surge of the production of copies comprising one or a few selected chapters of the Qur’an. Commissioned by the sultan and members of the elite, these volumes were created in court workshops and penned by the most celebrated master calligraphers, namely Shaykh Hamdullah (d. 1520) and Ahmad Qarahisari (d. 1566). Through an investigation of the physical characteristics of such codices, this paper aims at showing how they differ from...

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2019 Feb 25

Middle East Beyond Borders Session II

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

Kresge Room (114) of the Barker Center

Speaker: Jenny Peruski (PhD Student, History of Art & Architecture)

Paper: "Sensuous Scripts: A Vocabulary of Islamic Calligraphy beyond the Middle East"

 

The MEBB workshop meets 6:00pm - 7:30pm at the Kresge Room (114) of the Barker Center (Dinner is served). We circulate papers one week before their workshop session. 

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2019 Mar 05

Program in Islamic Law Digital Workshop: TRACE: A TOOL FOR MAPPING HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY ISLAMIC LAWS

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Austin 102

Sharon Tai , Deputy Editor, Program in Islamic Law (PIL), Harvard Law School

 

Sharon Tai will discuss and demonstrate a new digital tool available to researchers of historical and contemporary Islamic law on SHARIAsource. The tool, built by affiliates and...

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2019 Mar 06

Islam in Africa Lecture Series - Spring 2019

Wed - Tue, Mar 6 to Apr 30, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Location: 

Andover Hall 117

Islam in Africa has become an important and increasingly vibrant sub-field in Islamic Studies, attracting numerous extremely talented students who are conducting fine studies that have great impact in all fields in the humanities and social sciences. Dozens of books are published yearly including through major university presses, and so the goal of Critical Perspectives in the Development and Dynamics of Islam in Africa lecture series is to provide a platform for the discussion of cutting edge research in the field of Islam in Africa and to tap into the best of such new...

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Archived Events

2019 Apr 11

Seminar: Al-Ghazālī and the Epistemology of Legal Analogy (Qiyās): How Greek Logic Ascertains Islamic Law

3:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: 

William James, Room 1550

On April 11, 2019, Professor Felicitas Opwis, Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, presented for the Alwaleed bin Talal Seminar in Islamic Studies on al-Ghazālī's use of syllogistic logic in developing the concept of legal analogy (qiyās) in his legal theory. This lecture was co-sponsored by the Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School. 

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2019 Mar 26

Celebrate Nowruz

5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Semitic Museum, 3rd Floor

On March 26, 2019, the Alwaleed Program co-sponsored a celebration of Nowruz, the Persian New Year that takes place on the day of the spring equinox and is celebrated throughout the Persianate world, most of which consists of Muslim-majority countries. 

The event featured a vibrant haft sin table that displayed seven items beginning with the letter sin that symbolize concepts such as abundance, prosperity and new life to usher in the new year. Over 200 guests also enjoyed fresh fruit and Iranian sweets alongside live performances...

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2019 Mar 08

Research Methods in Islamic Studies Workshop - Spring 2019

2:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Lamont Library, Room B30

On March 8, 2019, the Alwaleed Program held a hands-on workshop organized by Workshop Coordinator Johannes Makar (Ph.D. student, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations) and run by digital humanities experts, Cole Crawford and Rashmi Singhal of Digital Arts and Humanities (DARTH) and Jeremy Guillette of the History Department, specifically for Islamic Studies researchers. Students, faculty and visiting fellows with varying levels of experience with digital scholarship learned about the benefits of using spreadsheets in their work and practiced cleaning up and manipulating data in...

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2019 Mar 28

Seminar: City and Countryside as Understood in Medieval Arabic-Persian Dictionaries

3:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: 

CMES, Room 102

On March 28, 2019, Harvard's own Professor Roy Mottahedeh, Gurney Research Professor of History, presented his new philological research on terms for city and countryside in medieval Arabic-Persian dictionaries for the Alwaleed bin Talal Seminar in Islamic Studies. This lecture was co-sponsored and hosted by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. 

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2019 Feb 25

Seminar: The Qur'an in the American Imagination

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

William James Hall, Room 601

“The Quran in the American Imagination”

Zareena Grewal, Associate Professor American Studies and Religious Studies, Yale University

Lecture synopsis by Farah El-Sharif

Seminar Coordinator / PhD Candidate in Islamic Intellectual History

The Alwaleed Islamic Studies Seminar hosted Professor Zareena Grewal, Associate Professor of American Studies, Religious Studies, and Middle East Studies at Yale University on February, 25th for an intimate round table seminar.

Professor...

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