Harvard faculty Professor Ali Asani speaks about his journey as a scholar | @HarvardIslamic

The Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University is dedicated to furthering the scholarly study of Islam and the Muslim world on an interdisciplinary, global basis. By supporting and advancing studies in diverse disciplines that are trans-national and comparative, the AISP seeks to bridge gaps in understanding between the Muslim and non-Muslim worlds and to ensure that Islamic studies at Harvard reflect the depth and breadth of Islam’s historically rich and geographically diverse cultures.

Professor Ali Asani tells the Alwaleed Program team about his scholarly trajectory, beginning with his experiences coming to Harvard College as an international student from Kenya and entering Islamic studies as an Ismaili student in the early 1970s. He also discusses the importance of expanding perspectives in Islamic studies to include different interpretations of Islam, his interest in studying Islam as a living tradition in the lives of ordinary believers, especially through the arts, and his commitment to education beyond the walls of the university. Given Professor Asani’s interest in the experience of Islam through the sound arts, this episode contains selections from Qur’anic recitation, qawwali, and the ginans, the devotional hymns of South Asia’s Nizari Ismaili communities.


Listen to the podcast here: https://soundcloud.com/harvard-islamic/ep-6-giving-voice-to-silenced-islams-prof-ali-asani

Read more at source: https://islamicstudies.harvard.edu/ep-6-giving-voice-to-silenced-islams-ali-asani

Author: Sujjawal Ahmad

Sujjawal is an invited blog author from Pakistan. He finds it extremely exciting to develop a deep love of cultures around the world. The stories that are about humanity, and emotion, that compel us as individuals, and connect our hearts and minds are the kinds of stories Sujjawal has always gravitated to, and the kinds he tells. He can be reached at: sujjawalahmed@gmail.com

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