The History of Islamic Studies at Harvard digital timeline was created by the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University to trace the development of the study of Islam at Harvard, the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States, from the University’s founding in the 17th century to the present. While this timeline is far from comprehensive, we hope to shed light on some of the important people, events, and institutions that have shaped what has become the global and interdisciplinary field of Islamic studies as we know it today. Former Harvard faculty, directors of the Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program, and professors with endowed chairs have been highlighted individually and the final slide includes a list of current faculty members whose work is related to Islam and Muslim societies. We intend for this timeline to be a living project that is updated to reflect what we hope will be the further expansion of Islamic studies at Harvard. 

Meryum Kazmi and Harry Bastermajian

Advisory Committee:
William Graham, Roy Mottahedeh, Ali Asani, Tarek Masoud, Khaled El-Rouayheb, and András Riedlmayer

Graphic Design:
Ivan Bolivar

Web Development:
Kate Brodoff and Zoraida Cabrera-Mieles,
Harvard Web Publishing 

Other Contributors:
Special thanks to Ali Asani, Krystina Friedlander, and Kathryn Coughlin for initiating research on the history of Islamic studies at Harvard in 2011