Islamic Studies Chair Filled at Harvard Divinity School

March 21, 2005

Source: The Harvard Crimson

On March 21, 2005 The Harvard Crimson reported, "Baber Johansen, a renowned professor of Islamic studies and expert on muslim law, has accepted a position as Professor of Islamic Studies at the Harvard Divinity School (HDS). Johansen, who has been at the ...cole des Hautes ...tudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris for a decade, will assume tenure at HDS in July 2005, filling a position that has been marked by controversy in recent years. In 2000, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), pledged a $2.5 million donation to HDS to create a faculty position for Islamic studies. The gift was later called into question, following an investigation into ties between the chair and the Zayed Center for Coordination and Follow-up, an institute based in Abu Dhabi that, some HDS students alleged, promoted anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism."

See also: Islam, Campus