The Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University

Wednesday, 23 December, 2015

The AISP regularly sponsors myriad community programs that include:  photographic exhibitions, film screenings and concerts, conferences, seminars, workshops and lectures.


Two major events were sponsored this year each with the goal of providing clarification and better understanding of the roles religion plays in the current crisis in the Middle East: 


  • The Crisis in the Middle East:  Representations and Perceptions of Islam was a panel discussion hosted in collaboration with the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations.  The discussion was a campus wide community event that featured two Alwaleed professors, Malika Zeghal and Ousmane Kane as well as Program Director, Ali Asani.
  • Intra-Muslim Relations:  Contemporary Trends in Contexts was the seventh annual Alwaleed Conference that featured a broad array of invited speakers, including academics, activists, religious leaders, educators, conflict resolution experts and artists gathered to examine the factors affecting relations among Muslim communities—both negatively and positively, in the past and present.


In addition, the Alwaleed Program sponsored The Harvard-China Forum in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the Harvard Center in Shanghai.  The forum brought together distinguished scholars of Islamic and Arabic studies from Harvard and universities across China to explore the state of Arabic and Islamic studies in the US and China.


Most recently, Program Director Ali Asani was featured in a conversation with Harvard Muslim Chaplain Taymullah Abdur-Rahman at a standing room only Community Dialogue on “Islamaphobia” at the Harvard School of Public Health.


Examples of other community programs:

Film Screenings

  • Wadjda
  • Bab Aziz:  The prince who contemplated his soul
  • Enemy of the Reich:  The Noor Inayat Khan Story
  • Sulh e Kul


The Fargana Qasimova Ensemble


Photography Exhibition
Living Shrines of Uyghur China:  Photographs by Lisa Ross