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.
Professor Ali Asani tells the Alwaleed Program team about his scholarly trajectory, beginning with his experiences coming to Harvard College as an international student from Kenya and entering Islamic studies as an Ismaili student in the early 1970s. He also discusses the importance of expanding perspectives in Islamic studies to include different interpretations of Islam, his interest in studying Islam as a living tradition in the lives of ordinary believers, especially through the arts, and his commitment to education beyond the walls of the university.
Professor William Graham talks about his scholarly journey and how he "stumbled" into Islamic studies after pursuing other subjects including Classics and Sanskrit and Indian studies. He also shares his memories of his advisors at Harvard, Wilfred Cantwell Smith and Muhsin Mahdi, and other scholars who shaped Islamic studies including Josef van Ess, Abdelhamid Sabra, Harry Wolfson, Annemarie Schimmel, and George Makdisi. Finally, Professor Graham reflects on his involvement across the different homes of Islamic studies at Harvard including Near Eastern Languages and... Read more about Ep. 5 | Establishing Islamic and Comparative Religious Studies at Harvard | Prof. William A. Graham