The Alwaleed Bin Talal Seminar in Islamic Studies brings experts from an array of fields within the field of Islamic studies to Harvard. These seminars are meant to bolster intellectual engagement within the field of Islamic studies more broadly on the Harvard campus, and to allow students to engage with cutting-edge insights and scholarship on Islam and Islamic studies. The seminar series serves as educational opportunity for students, reserchers, and faculty to interact and learn in a seminar-style setting from world class experts on topics ranging from Islamic philosophy, Islamic history, Islamic law, Sufism, Arabic and Qur'anic studies and modern Islamic thought.
Seminar: Gender and Curriculum in the Islamic Studies Classroom
Thursday, September 26th | 4-5:30pm | William James Hall, 1550
Kecia Ali, Associate Professor of Religion, Boston University
Co-sponsors: Studies in Women, Gender and Sexuality
Seminar: Anglo-Persian Texts and the Colonial Understanding of Religion
Thursday, October 24th | 4-5:30pm | William James Hall, 1550
Carl Ernst, William R. Keenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Islamic Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Co-sponsors: The Aga Khan Fund for Iranian Studies
Seminar: Presentation on Law, Authority and Learning in Imami Shi'ite Islam Project
Monday, November 25th | 1-2:30pm | Wasserstein Hall 3016
Robert Gleave, Professor of Arabic Studies, University of Exeter
Co-sponsors: 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
Please contact Farah El-Sharif, Seminar Coordinator, with any questions at email@example.com.
Recaps and videos are available through the links below!
“The Quran in the American Imagination”
Zareena Grewal, Associate Professor of American Studies and Religious Studies
February 25, 2019
William James Hall 601
“City and Countryside as Understood in Medieval Arabic-Persian Dictionaries”
Roy Mottahedeh, Professor Emeritus of History
March 28, 2019
"Al-Ghazālī and the Epistemology of Legal Analogy (Qiyās): How Greek Logic Ascertains Islamic Law"
Felicitas Opwis, Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies
Thursday, April 11, 2019
“Race, Religion, and Revolution in Islamic West Africa since 1770”
Rudolph Ware, Associate Professor of History
University of California - Santa Barbara
Thursday, May 2, 2019