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William A. Graham

Murray A. Albertson Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

John Lord O’Brian Professor of Divinity and Dean, Harvard Divinity School

Harvard University

Office: 200 Andover Hall, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge MA 02138. Tel. (617) 495-4513; fax

(617) 496-8026. Email: wgraham@fas.harvard.edu, william_graham@harvard.edu

Residence: 44 Francis Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138. Tel. (617) 496-2846

Education: Ph.D. (1973) Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, A.M. (1970) 1966-73: Comparative History of Religion/Islamic Studies

A.B. summa cum University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1961-4, 1965-6:

laude (1966) Comparative Literature (Classics, German, French) Non-degree studies Universities of London (Institute for Historical Research) and Tübingen (Orientalisches Seminar), 1971-72 Middle East Centre for Arabic Studies (British Foreign Office), Shemlan, Lebanon, 1967-68: intensive Arabic language University of Göttingen, 1964-65: German Literature Academic appointments (Harvard University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences): Professor, 1986- ;

Sr. Lecturer, 1981-86; Associate Professor, 1979-81; Asst. Professor, 1974-79; Lecturer, 1973-74

Principal Related Harvard Academic and Administrative Responsibilities:

Harvard China Fund, Steering Committee, 2010The Humanities Center, Advisory Committee, 2005University Master Planning Group for Allston Expansion, 2004-08 University Task Force on Women Faculty, 2005 Co-chair, University Allston Task Force on Undergraduate Life, 2003-05 Dean of the Faculty of Divinity, August 2002- [acting dean, January-August, 2002] Chairman, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, 1997- 2002 Master of Currier House (Harvard undergraduate residential college), 1991- 2003. Chair, Council of College Masters, 2001-2 Director, Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies, 1990-96; (Acting Director, 1988) Chairman, Committee on Middle Eastern Studies, 1991-96 (Acting Chair, 1988) Chairman, Committee on the Study of Religion, 1987-90; director of Ph.D. studies, 1984-87;

head tutor (director of A.B. studies in Comparative Religion), 1974-77,1980-82 Hoopes Prize selections committee (for undergraduate Humanities theses), '96, '98, '00, '01 Faculty Council, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, 1989-92 Committee on the Core Curriculum in Harvard College, 1981-86 (Chair of Foreign Cultures Area of the Core Curriculum, 1981-86; member, 1978-86, 1997-99) Special Review Committee for Harvard College Administrative Board procedures, 2001-2 Committee on Pedagogical Improvement, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, 1987-95 Committee on Middle Eastern Studies, 1990-96, 1999Committee on African Studies, 1992-96 Committee on Inner Asian and Altaic Studies, 1991-2004 Committee on Degrees in Folklore and Mythology, 1988-92 Advisory council, Center for the Study of Medicine and Culture, (Medical School), 1991-95 Allston Burr Senior Tutor [academic dean] in the John Winthrop House and member, Administrative Board [council of deans], Harvard College, 1975-77

Faculty, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, 1973- ; Executive committee, 1988-96, 1999Faculty, Center for the Study of World Religions, 1973-93, 2002Selected Other Professional Activities, Responsibilities, and Service:

Advisory Council on Religious Studies, Central European University, Budapest, 2005Council on Islam-West Dialogue, Global Council on Faith (World Economic Forum) 2007International Advisory Council, Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, 2004Vice-President/President elect, Harvard Alpha Iota chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, 2001-3 Chair, Council on Graduate Studies in Religion (North America), 1993-96; vice-chair, '89-93 Associate Editor, Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an, E. J. Brill, Leiden, 1995-2006 Associate Editor, Cambridge Studies in Religious Traditions, Cambr. Univ. Press, 1996-2003 Editorial boards: Mathal/Mashal: Journal of Islamic and Judaic Multidisciplinary Studies, 2010- ; I.B. Tauris Religion Advisory Board, 20008-9; Patheos web resources in religion site, world religions adviser, 2008- ; Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 1995-99; The Muslim World, 1994- ; Muqarnas (Islamic Art and Architecture), Cambridge, Mass., 1994-2002; Harvard Middle East and Islamic Review, 1994-96; Encyclopedia of Islam in the United States (Greenwood Publ., 2007-09); Encyclopaedia of the Qur’an [see below] Special Consultant (Religion, Islam), American Heritage Dictionary, 1992-2001 Advisory Board, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Univ. of North Carolina, 1992-2006 Aga Khan Islamic Architecture Program Committee, Harvard-M.I.T, 1991-96 Lecturer and resource person, The National Faculty, 1990-94 Joint Committee on the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies, Social Science Research Council and American Council of Learned Societies, 1988-93 Visiting Lecturer (Gastdozent), Friedrich-Wilhelms-University, Bonn, Winter term, 1982-3 Co-director, Microfiche Translations Bank, Islamic Teaching Materials Project, American Council of Learned Societies (N.E.H. grant) 1978-87. Steering Committee, 1974-78 Advisory Council, Dept. of Religion, Princeton University, 1982-94; Acting Chair, 1988-9 Director, Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies Program on Modern Egypt, Cairo, 1976 Faculty Lecturer, Harvard Alumni College Programs: 1975, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1996 Co-Director, Harvard N.E.H. Institute for College Teachers in Religion, June-July, 1988 Selected consultant work: External Reviews: U.C. Berkeley, N. Eastern Studies, 1995; U. of Toronto, M. East and Islamic Studies, 1995, and Centre for the Study of Religion, 1998; Duke University, Religion, 2001; Core Curriculum planning: Univ. of





Nevada, Reno, 1992; Eckerd College (St. Petersburg FL), 1990; Grants Committee:

New Jersey Dept. of Higher Education, Humanities Program Grants Committee, 1986, 1987 Professional Societies: American Society for the Study of Religion (Exec. council, 1993-6, '00- ); American Oriental Society; Middle East Studies Association of North America; American Academy of Religion; Middle East Medievalists Association

Fellowships, Honors:

American Academy of Arts and Sciences, elected fellow, April 2006 Doctor of Humane Letter Honoris Causa, Lehigh University, 2005 Doctor of Humane Letters Honoris Causa, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), 2004 Keller Visiting Scholar in Religion, High Point Univ. (N.C.), spring 2001 2000 IRCICA Award for Excellence in Research, quinquennial international prize for contributions to Islamic studies, the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA) of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (conferred at the O.I.C. Ministerial meeting, Istanbul, October 25, 2000) Mason Distinguished Visiting Professorship, College of William and Mary, 1985 (declined) John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, 1981-2 (postponed to 1982-83) Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship (Federal Republic of Germany), 1982-83 American Council of Learned Societies Prize for Best First Book in the History of Religions, 1976-1978 (awarded 1979 for Divine Word and Prophetic Word in Early Islam ) National Defense Foreign Language Fellowship (Arabic), 1972-73 Harvard Travelling Fellowship, 1967-68, 1971-72 Danforth Graduate Fellowship, 1966-1973 Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship, 1966-67 Marshall Scholarship, U.K. [not placed in chosen programs; withdrawn], 1966 University of North Carolina-Göttingen Exchange Scholarship, 1964-65 Phi Beta Kappa, University of North Carolina, 1964 John Motley Morehead Scholarship, University of North Carolina, 1961-66 Harvard National Scholarship, Harvard College, 1961 [declined] Personalia: Born: Raleigh, N. C., 1943; U. S. citizen; married to Barbara Stecconi Graham (one child: Powell Louis Graham); public schooling, Chapel Hill, N. C.; personal interests include technical mountaineering (American Alpine Club, 1981- ; faculty advisor, Harvard Mountaineering Club, 1974- ; 1978 Canadian-American Ellesmere Arctic Alpine Expedition), skiing, hiking, and distance running

Publications (Books):

2010 Albert M. Craig, William A. Graham, Donald Kagan, Steven Ozment, and Frank M. Turner.

The Heritage of World Civilizations. 9th rev. ed. Prentice Hall. (sections on Middle East, Africa, Iran, India, S.E. Asia and Central Asia by W. A. G.). [1st ed., Macmillan, 1986].

2010 Islamic and Comparative Studies: Selected Writings, Ashgate Contemporary Thinkers on Religion, gen. ed. John Hinnells. Aldershot, Hampshire, UK: Ashgate Publishing.

2002 Three Faiths, One God (co-authored with Jacob Neusner and Bruce Chilton). Leiden: E.J.Brill 1995- Associate editor (with Claude Gilliot, Wadad Kadi, Andrew Rippin, and Jane McAuliffe, 2006 general editor), Encyclopaedia of the Qur’an (6 vols. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2000-06.

1987, Beyond the Written Word: Oral Aspects of Scripture in the History of Religion. Cambridge 1993 (U.K.), New York, Melbourne, Sidney: Cambridge University Press 1983- Islamfiche: Readings from Islamic Primary Sources. Ed. William A. Graham and Marilyn 1987 R. Waldman Series I, II [microfiche text selections, with introductions and indices]. Zug, Switzerland: Inter Documentation Company 1977 Divine Word and Prophetic Word in Early Islam: A Reconsideration of the Sources, with Special Reference to the Divine Saying, or So-called “Hadîth Qudsî”. Religion and Society, vol. 7. The Hague: Mouton and Co. (American Council of Learned Societies. History of Religions Book Prize, 1979)

Publications (Articles):

[2011] “Scripture” article in K. von Stuckrad and Robert Segal, Vocabulary for the Study of Relgion (E.J. Brill, forthcoming).

2010 “Summation” [Rice Univ. Conference on Orality and Literacy, April 2008], in Oral Tradition in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, special issue of Oral Tradition, 25/1 (2010): 231Basmalah”, in Gudrun Krämer et al., eds. Encyclopaedia of Islam Three (Leiden: Brill, 2007- ), 156-161 2006 “Recitation and Aesthetic Reception of the Qur’an” (co-authored with Navid Kermani), in Cambridge Companion to the Qur’an, ed. Jane McAuliffe (Cambridge, UK), 114-141 2004 “Reflections on Comparative Study in Religion: ‘Scripture’ as a Case in Point”, Tenri Journal of Religion (2004, n. 23): 49-67; Japanese trans.: "Hikaku-shukyogaku-saiko", Shukyo Kenkyu (Journal of Religious Studies, Japanese Association of Religious Studies) 339 (2004): 16-40 2004 “Scripture and the Qur’an”, in J. McAuliffe et al., eds. Encyclopaedia of the Qur’an (Leiden:

Brill), 4:558-569 2003 “Orality”, in J. McAuliffe et al., eds. Encyclopaedia of the Qur’an (Leiden: E.J. Brill), 3:584-87 2002 "Fâtihah", in J. McAuliffe et al., eds. Encyclopaedia of the Qur’an (Leiden: Brill), 2:187-92 2001 “The Earliest Meaning of ‘Qur’ân’”, revision of 1984 article from Die Welt des Islams, republished in Andrew Rippin, ed., The Qur'an: Style and Contents (Brookfield, VT and Aldershot, UK: Ashgate/Variorum) 2001 "Basmalah", in J. McAuliffe et al., eds. Encyclopaedia of the Qur’an (Leiden: E. J.

Brill), 1:207-211 1997 "Sharîf" [expansion and revision of 1926 EI article by C. van Arendonk], in C. E. Bosworth et al., eds., The Encyclopaedia of Islam. New Edition, 9: 329-337 1996 "Politics and Religion in Islam in Historical Perspective: Some Reflections", in Gudrun M.

Grabher, ed., Islam: Future Dimensions (International Symposium of the Harvard Club of Austria, Vienna, 3 February, 1994). [Innsbruck], pp. 22-33 1995 “'The Winds to Herald His Mercy': Nature as Token of God's Sovereignty and Grace in the Qur'an”, in Albert Blackwell, Sang Hyun Lee, and Wayne Proudfoot, eds., Faithful Imagining [Richard R. Niebuhr Festschrift] (Atlanta: Scholars Press), pp. 19-38 1994 “Das Schriftprinzip in vergleichender Sicht”, in Alma Giese and J. Christoph Bürgel, eds., Gott ist Schön und Er Liebt die Schönheit/God is Beautiful and He Loves Beauty, Festschrift für Annemarie Schimmel (Bern, Berlin, etc.: Peter Lang), 209-226 1994 “Religion and Politics in Islam in Historical Perspective”, in Gudrun M.

Grabher, ed., Islam:

Future Dimensions. International Symposium, Harvard Club of Austria, 3 February 1994 ([Innsbruck, 1994]) 1993 “Traditionalism in Islam: An Essay in Interpretation”, Journal of Comparative History 23 (1993): 495-522 1991 “Scriptures and Classics: An Introductory Course in Religion”, in John B. Carman and Steven P. Hopkins, eds., Tracing Common Themes: Comparative Courses in the Study of Religions (Atlanta, GA: Scholars Press), 179-198 1990 “Koran und Hadît”, Chapter 2 of Orientalisches Mittelalter, ed. Wolfhart Heinrichs. Vol. 5

of Neues Handbuch der Literaturwissenschaft, ed. Klaus von See, 25 vols. Wiesbaden:

Athenaion, pp. 166-185 1989 “Scripture and the History of Religion”, Bulletin of the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University 16:1 (Fall-Winter, 1989-90): 2-15 1989 “Scripture as Spoken Word”, in Rethinking Scripture: Essays from a Comparative Perspective, ed. Miriam Levering (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 1989), pp. 129-169 1986 “Scripture”, in Mircea Eliade et al., eds., The Encyclopedia of Religion (16 vols. New York: Macmillan), 13: 133-145; ibid., 2nd, rev. ed., 2005 1985 “Qur’ân as Spoken Word: An Islamic Contribution to the Understanding of Scripture”, in Approaches to Islam in Religious Studies, ed. Richard C. Martin (Tucson: University of Arizona Press), pp. 23-40, 206-215. Repr. in Mona Siddiqui, Islam. Vol. 1: Qur’an and Prophecy (London: Sage Publications, 2011) 1984 “The Earliest Meaning of ‘Qur’ân’”, Die Welt des Islams 23/24: 361-377 1983 “Islam in the Mirror of Ritual”, in Islam's Understanding of Itself, ed. Richard G.

Hovannisian and Speros Vryonis, Jr. Eighth Biennial Georgio Levi della Vida Medal Conference Volume (Malibu, Calif.: Undena Publications), pp. 53-71 1983 “‘Those Who Study and Teach the Qur’an’”, in International Congress for the Study of the Qur'an. Ser. I, ed. Anthony H. Johns (Canberra: Australian National University), pp. 9-28 1982 “Transcendence in Islam”, in Ways of Transcendence: Insights from Major Religions and Modern Thought, ed. Edwin Dowdy. Australian Association for the Study of Religions, Selected Papers Series (Ed. Victor C. Hayes), vol. 4. (Bedford Park, Australia), pp. 7-23 1982 “Devotional Movement and Subsequent Crystallization of Religious Communities in Mughal India”, The Journal of Religious Studies (Patiala, India) 10: 32-45.



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