Harvard professor to discuss Islam in UAA Polaris lecture
Daily News staff
Published: August 19, 2007
Last Modified: August 19, 2007 at 02:30 AM
William Graham, Harvard University professor of Middle Eastern Studies, will offer geopolitical insights during his presentation "Beyond a Clash of Civilizations? The Case of Islam" next Sunday at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Dean of the Faculty of Divinity, John Lord O'Brian Professor of Divinity, and Murray A. Albertson Professor of Middle Eastern Studies
BA, University of North Carolina
AM, PhD, Harvard University
Professor Graham was appointed Dean of Harvard Divinity School and joined its faculty in 2002. He has been a member of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences since 1973. He has served as director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Master of Currier House, and chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, the Committee on the Study of Religion, and the Core Curriculum Subcommittee on Foreign Cultures at Harvard. He is also former chair of the Council on Graduate Studies in Religion (U.S. and Canada). His scholarly work has focused on early Islamic religious history and textual traditions and problems in the history of world religion. In October 2000 he received the quinquennial Award for Excellence in Research in Islamic History and Culture from the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA), the research institute of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference. He has held John Simon Guggenheim and Alexander von Humboldt research fellowships and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of Beyond the Written Word: Oral Aspects of Scripture in the History of Religion (1987, 1993); Divine Word and Prophetic Word in Early Islam (1977; American Council of Learned Societies History of Religions Prize, 1978); co-author of The Heritage of World Civilizations (7th rev. ed., 2005) and Three Faiths, One God (2002); and co-editor of Islamfiche: Readings from Islamic Primary Sources (1982-87). He is also the author of numerous articles and reviews. He is a summa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds honorary doctorates from UNC and Lehigh University.
From the Harvard Divinity School website Student Voices on Pluralism at Harvard
This discussion took place during the 2003 Dean's Weekend....
BILL GRAHAM: Our second panel takes up our question and moves it a little bit further in discussing the encounter with religion in the modern university. We have a group that's going to bring a variety of different perspectives. Diana Eck and I go back to graduate student days together here at Harvard, when we actually sat in some of these classrooms. There are so many things one could mention about Diana, but the most crucial thing here is her work with the Pluralism Project, the project that she has spearheaded now for a number of years which is looking at the new religious diversity in America and is the key national project trying to take cognizance of that and beginning to lay a groundwork of data for what we hope will be a variety of different kinds of studies of American religious pluralism in coming months and years.
The Pluralism Project is a big Harvard program where folks get all squishy about how similar all religions are, and how we can all get along.
What they studiously fail to recognize is the reason pluralism can even breath is because those involved either believe nothing or know nothing about the faiths they include in this big stew.
Islam is not compatible with any religion, the core of islamic belief, as documented in the Quran, hadiths etc are to dominate and subjugate the world.
These are people who spend lots of time reading without seeing, I guess