News & Events Archive


Program Director Homayra Ziad in the media

Director of the Program in Islamic Studies Homayra Ziad appeared in several media outlets between April 2-14, as a resource on religion and public life. A Washington Post article covers Values and Voices, national, non-partisan activism by religion scholars that brings religious voices to progressive politics. To see Dr. Ziad’s contribution to Values and Voices, see https://www.valuesandvoices.com/letters-2021/letter-98/ A […]


Program Director Homayra Ziad wins Faculty Undergraduate Teaching Award

On May 25, Dr. Ziad was recognized by the KSAS Dean for excellence in undergraduate teaching. The citation follows below. “I am pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020-21 Krieger School’s Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Advising Awards. Many of our remarkable faculty members were nominated, which is a testament to their dedication to the craft. It is heartening […]


Words of Faith

Niloofar Haeri, professor of anthropology and chair of the Krieger School’s Program in Islamic Studies, discussed her recent book, Say What Your Longing Heart Desires: Women, Prayer & Poetry in Iran, in the Spring 2021 issue of Arts & Sciences Magazine.


Wednesday May 19: Palestine is Burning: An Emergency Debriefing

Wednesday May 19: Palestine is Burning: An Emergency Debriefing
The Program in Islamic Studies is cosponsoring a virtual event on the recent emergency in Israel/Palestine. Discussants will offer a complex understanding on the bombing of the Gaza strip, and events leading up to it. Wednesday, May 19th, 1pm EDT / 8pm EEST Speakers  Toufic Haddad, Author and Researcher Atalia Omer, University of Notre Dame […]


Niloofar Haeri Publishes Article in Canopy Forum

Program Chair and Professor of Anthropology Niloofar Haeri publishes an article on the legal aspects of the Muslim prayer in Canopy Forum, a digital publication from the Center of the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University.


Homayra Ziad discusses Islam and activism

The Program in Islamic Studies’s Faculty Interviews series continues with Homayra Ziad. Dr. Ziad, the director of the program, discusses Sufism and the innately activist nature of Islamic ethics.


March 5: Khayal, Imagining Islam in Music and Art

March 5: Khayal, Imagining Islam in Music and Art
The Program in Islamic Studies at Johns Hopkins University invites you on Friday March 5, 1-2:30 PM to Khayal, a series of short videos profiling artists and musicians in our contemporary world who engage with Islamic theology and its aesthetic tradition in their craft.  Khayal means “imagination” in Arabic, Persian and Urdu, and in India and Pakistan […]


Naveeda Khan discusses old and new fieldwork

The Program in Islamic Studies’s Faculty Interviews series continues with Naveeda Khan. Dr.Khan, Associate Professor of Anthropology, discusses changing field sites from Pakistan to Bangladesh, about the importance of religious imagination in contemporary problems, and the study of Islam. Check back soon for regularly updated interview content on this website.


Niloofar Haeri Interviewed on WYPR All Things Considered

Niloofar Haeri, Professor of Anthropology and Islamic Studies, is interviewed by Tom Hall on WYPR All Things Considered about her new book on women, prayer, and poetry in Iran. In the interview, she discusses questions of what it means to be religious and how religiosity affects and informs society at large.


Yitzhak Melamed discusses the importance of Islamic and Jewish philosophy

The Program in Islamic Studies continues our new Faculty Interviews series. The second interview features Yitzhak Melamed, Professor of Philosophy, discussing his life-long interest in Spinoza, Jewish-Muslim relations in Ottoman Palestine, and the importance of Islamic and Jewish philosophy.