Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University
Roughly one-fifth of the world’s people identify themselves as Muslims. They make up a majority of the populations in more than thirty countries, and their numbers continue to grow. As the world becomes increasingly interconnected and populations move, a sophisticated understanding of the major world traditions of religion and culture is critical to education in the 21st century. As one of the major traditions Islam unequivocally deserves such a sophisticated understanding.
The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program enhances Harvard’s ability to keep pace with increasing demands for knowledge and understanding of the Islamic tradition. By bringing together faculty, students, and researchers from across the University and coordinating their activities through one Program housed within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences--and in close cooperation with the Divinity School and other faculties--the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program demonstrates Harvard’s strong commitment to the study of the religious traditions of the world.