News & Events Archive


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.


Ryan Calder discusses Islamic finance in new video

The Program in Islamic Studies is excited to launch our new Faculty Interviews series. The first interview features Ryan Calder, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Islamic Studies. Dr. Calder discusses how he became interested in the topic of Islamic finance, the origins of Islamic ideas about banking, and his involvement with the Program in Islamic […]


New course: What Does it Mean to be Religious?

New course: What Does it Mean to be Religious?
Spring 2021: Anthropology and Islamic Studies First Year Seminar. What does it mean to be religious? Creativity, Experience and the Individual. 365.104.SP21 Thursday 1:30-4:00. Instructors: Niloofar Haeri & Homayra Ziad Counts as Anthropology and Islamic Studies. What do we mean when we say that something or someone is “religious?” We unpack this question through a comparative approach, […]


Professor Niloofar Haeri Publishes New Book: Say What Your Longing Heart Desires

Professor Niloofar Haeri Publishes New Book: Say What Your Longing Heart Desires
Professor Niloofar Haeri publishes her new book: Say What Your Longing Heart Desires: Women, Prayer, and Poetry in Iran. Following the 1979 revolution, the Iranian government set out to Islamize society. Muslim piety had to be visible, in personal appearance and in action. Iranians were told to pray, fast, and attend mosques to be true […]


Iran Teach-In on Thursday, Feb 6

Iran Teach-In on Thursday, Feb 6
The Program in Islamic Studies invites you to a Teach-in on recent escalations in Iran and Middle East with Jamal Abdi (National Iranian American Council), Niloofar Haeri (JHU Department of Anthropology), and Abbas Barzegar (George Mason University). Please join us on February 6, Thursday 5-7pm at Gilman 50. -Light refreshments will be served- This event is co-sponsored by Racism, […]


Rethinking Greek Heritage Translation, Practice, and the Making of a Medical Archive on Feb 21

Rethinking Greek Heritage Translation, Practice, and the Making of a Medical Archive on Feb 21
Join us on February 21, 2020 at 4:30 PM for The 2020 Joan And Menelaos Aliapoulios Lecture In Hellenic Medicine with guest lecture Ahmed Ragab, MD, PhD of Harvard University. Location: West Reading Room, Welch Library Building, 1900 East Monument Street, 21205 Sponsored by Department Of The History Of Medicine Department Of Classics Department Of […]