"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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