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Khaled El-RouayhebProfessor Khaled El-Rouayheb

Faculty Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program
Chair, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

James Richard Jewett Professor of Arabic and Islamic Intellectual History

Khaled El-Rouayheb is James Richard Jewett Professor of Arabic and of Islamic Intellectual History at the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations at Harvard University. His research interests include: the intellectual and cultural history of the Arabic-Islamic world in the early-modern period (1500-1800); the history of Arabic logic; Islamic theology and philosophy. He holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), a MA in Middle Eastern History from the American University of Beirut (Lebanon), and a PhD (2003) in Oriental Studies from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom). He has been a Junior Research Fellow of the British Academy (2003-2006), a Junior Mellon Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2008-2009), and a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2011-12).

His publications include the four monographs:  The Development of Arabic Logic, 1200-1800 (Schwabe Verlag 2019), Islamic Intellectual History in the Seventeenth Century: Scholarly Currents in the Ottoman Empire and the Maghreb (Cambridge University Press, 2015), Relational Syllogisms & the History of Arabic Logic, 900-1900 (Brill, 2010); and Before Homosexuality in the Arabic-Islamic World, 1500-1800 (University of Chicago Press, 2005). He has also co-edited (with Sabine Schmidtke) the Oxford Handbook of Islamic Philosophy (Oxford University Press 2916). His edition with introduction of Kashf al-asrar ‘an ghawamid al-afkar by Afdal al-Din al-Khunaji (d.1248), published by the Iranian Institute for Philosophy (2010), was selected in 2011 as the distinguished book by the National Library and Archives of the Islamic Republic of Iran.


Alwaleed Bin Talal Professors

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David Roxburgh

Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Islamic Art History


Ousmane Kane

Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society


Malika Zeghal

Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor in Contemporary Islamic Thought and Life

Teren Sevea

Teren Sevea

Alwaleed Bin Talal Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies

Faculty Steering Committee


Ali Asani

Murray A. Albertson Professor of Middle Eastern Studies
Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures
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William Granara

Professor of the Practice of Arabic on the Gordon Gray Endowment; Director of Modern Language Programs, and Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies
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