Founded in 2006, the Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program (AISP) is a university-wide, interfaculty initiative dedicated to furthering the scholarly study of Islam and the Muslim world in a broadly interdisciplinary context. Central to its academic and scholarly objectives, the Alwaleed Program seeks to bridge gaps in understanding between the Muslim and non-Muslim worlds and provide outstanding programming and resources on Muslim cultures and societies from Europe and the West to sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
Outside the classroom, AISP’s lectures series, conferences, workshops, arts performances and other events encourage an understanding of the broader Islamic world in its global and transnational context and advances interdisciplinary studies that are cross-national and comparative. We seek to promote the diffusion, exchange and discussion of a wide body of research, and to encourage interaction among academics—at Harvard and beyond—from various traditions of learning.
Faculty Associate. Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations; Harvard College Professor; Chair, Committee on the Study of Religion, Harvard University.