Ali S. Asani is professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic religion and cultures at Harvard University. A native of Kenya, Asani received both his undergraduate degree summa cum laude in the comparative study of religion and his PhD in Near Eastern languages and civilizations from Harvard University. He has taught at Harvard since 1983, offering instruction in a variety of South Asian and African languages as well as courses on various aspects of the Islamic tradition. He currently directs the university's PhD program in Indo-Muslim Culture and chairs the department of Near Eastern languages and civilizations. He also serves as the associate director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program.
Asani has been active since Sept 11 in improving the American understanding of Islam and its role in Muslim societies by conducting workshops for high school and college educators and making presentations at public forums. He is also involved in the Islamic Cultural Studies Initiative, an international professional development program for high school teachers in Kenya, Pakistan, and Texas intended to promote a culturally and historically based approach to the study of Islam and Muslim societies. In 2002, he was awarded the Harvard Foundation medal for his contributions to improving intercultural and interracial relations.
PhD, Harvard University