Annemarie Schimmel Memorial Lecture by Professor Ali Asani at the MET

Video Recording: The Annemarie Schimmel Memorial Lecture by Professor Ali Asani

God Is Beautiful and Loves Beauty: Fostering Literacy about Islam and Muslim Cultures through the Arts The Annemarie Schimmel Memorial Lecture Welcome and Introduction: Sheila Canby, Patti Cadby Birch Curator in Charge, Department of Islamic Art, MMA Speaker: Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, and Director, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic…

Isma'ilism In Gināns

Isma’ilism In Gināns

A conspicuous feature in the intellectual history of Nezāri Ismaʿili Shiʿism has been the fundamental impulse to translate the concept of the Imam, which is the central aspect of their faith, within the frameworks of the various philosophical and theological systems it encountered as the movement spread geographically. As a result, Ismaʿili religious texts are…

Quoting Professor Ali Asani: Why Muhammad Cartoons Sparked Outrage Among Muslim Attackers

Quoting Professor Ali Asani: Why Muhammad Cartoons Sparked Outrage Among Muslim Attackers

Excerpt: “That disrespect is connected with memories of Western notions of cultural superiority and imperialism when Muslims were seen as inferior to Westerners,” Ali Asani, professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic religion and cultures at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, told IBTimes. Muslims are most inclined to be offended by works that specifically target Islam or…

In Praise of Muhammad: Urdu Poems – Article on tradition of Na’at recitation, by Professor Ali Asani

In Praise of Muhammad: Urdu Poems – Article on tradition of Na’at recitation, by Professor Ali Asani

In Praise of Muhammad: Urdu Poems Ali S. Asani Every day, millions of Muslim, following the injunctions of the Qu’ran, recite the şalawāt, a formula invoking blessing on the Prophet Muhammad whom they affectionately call ĥabĭb Allăh, God’s beloved. They also recite, in virtually every language of the Islamic world, touching devotional verses praising the…

PBS-RnE - Ali Asani - Recruiting Radical Muslims

Religion & Ethics: PBS interviews Harvard University’s Professor Ali Asani on Recruiting Radical Muslims

It’s very easy for people who are marginalized to instrumentalize religious ideas, because very often religious traditions do talk about good versus evil, right? But it’s just a question of who you define as good and who you define as evil. – Professor Ali Asani, Harvard University Recruiting Radical Muslims Posted by PBS: Religion &…

Professor Ali Asani at Kingston Library: Understanding Islam as a Faith; Going Beyond the Headlines

Synopsis by Paul Levy of Ali Asani’s lecture at Harvard

Synopsis by Paul Levy of Ali Asani’s lecture at Harvard this afternoon on fostering religious literacy and democracy If you’re like me, a non-Muslim living in a world in which there is a lot of news about people of that religion, it can be confusing to separate the practice of the religion from the political…

Prof. Asani leads exploratory seminar on teaching Islam through the arts

Lecture by Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures at Harvard

“The Importance of Fostering Religious Literacy: The case of Muslims in the US” Lecture by Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures; Director, Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program. Date: October 02 2014 — 4:00 pm Organizer/Venue: Harvard Graduate School of Education – Appian Way, Cambridge, MA, 02138 This lecture is part of a…

Nausheen Husain: Ali Asani on the denial of identity

Nausheen Husain: Ali Asani on the denial of identity

Ali Asani came to the U.S. from Kenya, started as an undergraduate student at Harvard, and then just never left. Today, he’s a professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures and Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Asani and I’ve always been struck…

Professor Ali Asani at Kingston Library: Understanding Islam as a Faith; Going Beyond the Headlines

Professor Ali Asani at Kingston Library: Understanding Islam as a Faith; Going Beyond the Headlines

Join Kingston Community Library for “Bridging Cultures: Understanding Islam Beyond the Headlines” on Wednesday April 9, at 7 p.m (Kingston, New Hampshire). Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures at Harvard University, will lead us through a thoughtful and engaging wrap-up presentation, addressing topics covered over the entire Bridging Cultures: Understanding the…

Book: Ali S. Asani: Celebrating Muhammad: Images of the Prophet in Popular Muslim Poetry

Book: Ali S. Asani: Celebrating Muhammad: Images of the Prophet in Popular Muslim Poetry

Asani AS, Abdel-Malek K, in collaboration with Schimmel A. Celebrating Muhammad: Images of the Prophet in Popular Muslim Poetry . Columbia: University of South Carolina Press; 1995. Celebrating Muhammad examines a vital but often misunderstood aspect of Islamic piety – the deeply felt love and devotion of contemporary Muslims for the Prophet Muhammad and the…

Harvard University Course on Ismaili History and Thought in Spring 2014

Harvard University Course on Ismaili History and Thought in Spring 2014

via Ismā‘īlī Gnosis – Harvard University is offering a university course called Ismaili History and Thought for the Spring 2014 semester beginning in January. The course is designed and taught by Professor Ali S. Asani (Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures) and is open to Harvard undergraduate and graduate students. The Ismā‘īlī Muslims constitute…

Muslim Journeys with Professor Ali Asani, Kansas, October 29, 2013

Muslim Journeys: Understanding Islam and Muslims -Beyond the Headlines With Professor Ali Asani, Harvard University Tuesday October 29 @ 6:30 PM Plaza Library, 4801 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64112 Brought to you by co-sponsors The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kansas City Artists Coalition. “God is beautiful and loves beauty,” said the Prophet Muhammad. Now Harvard’s…

Harvard Professor Ali Asani on new Online Teaching Initiative: EdX

Harvard Professor Ali Asani on new Online Teaching Initiative: EdX

Excerpt: When HarvardX launches in less than two weeks, it will explore the advantages of online education with students around the world. However, the College is already experimenting with online education for undergraduates on-campus. Professor Ali S. Asani ’77, chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, is teaching a General Education course…

Ali Asani to speak on Khoja identity in South Asia | The Hindi Urdu Flagship at the University of Texas at Austin

Ali Asani, professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic religion and cultures at Harvard University, returns to the Hindi Urdu Flagship on Thursday, April 19 to give a seminar on Khoja Identity in South Asia at 3.30pm in WCH 4.118. Asani’s talk is entitled From Satpanthi to Ismaili Muslim: Rearticulations of Khoja identity in South Asia. The…

Dr. Ali Asani: 2012 Compassion Conference

Join us for interfaith discussions, panel discussions, and prominent speakers at a Conference on Compassion. Listen to voices from diverse faiths and create relationships for the common good. These events are shared in the context of the Charter for Compassion charterforcompassion.org/site/ which all are invited to endorse and to participate in building Cities of Compassion.…

Promoting understanding through education – Professor Ali Asani named the director of Harvard’s the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program

Ali Asani, professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic religion and cultures and chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, has been named the director of Harvard’s the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program. Established in 2005, the program aims to foster understanding between the Islamic world and the West through scholarship, teaching,…