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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. 

Please note, however, that we still invite submissions for the... Read more about An Update from the Alwaleed Program

"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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Seminar: Early Shiite Law and the Construction of the Shari'a by Robert Gleave

November 25, 2019

Robert Gleave, Professor of Arabic Studies, University of Exeter, spoke at Harvard Law School in our final seminar of Fall 2019, co-sponsored by The Law and Religion Lecture Series (The Committee on Study of Religion, The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, The Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish & Israeli Law at Harvard Law school, Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World at Harvard Law School) and Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School. 

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Professor Kristin Fabbe's New Book: Disciples of the State? Religion and State-Building in the Former Ottoman World

March 25, 2019

Alwaleed Program Steering Committee Member, Professor Kristin Fabbe, has released a new book! 

Disciples of the State?: Religion and State-Building in the Former Ottoman World

by Kristin Fabbe

Abstract

As the Ottoman Empire crumbled, the Middle East and Balkans became the site of contestation and cooperation between the traditional forces of religion and the emergent machine of the sovereign...

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