About Islamopedia Online


The mission of Islamopedia Online is to provide access to news and background analysis on Muslim countries and Islamic topics that are often absent from Western media because of language barriers or lack of familiarity with the country, the issues or players at stake. Islamopedia Online is a comprehensive database of the most influential religious figures across Muslim countries and their positions translated from Arabic, Urdu, and Farsi on issues like political violence, women and the rights of religious minorities. Islamopedia Online also provides a translation in English of major news at the intersection of religion and politics, as well as background analysis country profiles. There is also an original production of videos from scholars and journalists to better understand the current debates on Islam either in the West or in Muslim-majority countries.


Islamopedia Online is part of the Islam in the West Program, hosted at the Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University. It is financially supported by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University, the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard University, the Transatlantic Program on Islam in the West based at the CNRS in Paris (see: Euro-Islam.info), the Social Science Research Council, the Minerva Fellowship. It is directed by Jocelyne Cesari.

Islamopedia's news coverage has been produced with the financial assistance of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Middle East Office. The views expressed therein should in no way be taken to reflect the opinion of the Foundation.


The  international advisory board of Islamopedia Online includes the following scholars: 

Mahmoud Al-Saify, Lecturer in Islamic Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands
Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na''im
, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory Law School
Gadis Arivia, Professor of Philosophy and Gender Studies at the University of Indonesia
Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures at Harvard University
Margot Badran
Senior Fellow, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University
Gary Bunt
, Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Wales
Farid Esack
 Former Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal Visiting Professor of Islamic Studies at Harvard Divinity School
John Esposito
, Professor and Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University
Mohammed Fadel
, Professor of Law at the University of Toronto
Noah Feldman
, Bemis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School
Bruno Guiderdoni, Institut d Astrophysique de Paris
Mohamed Haddad Holder of UNESCO Chair of Comparative Religious, University of Manouba
Parvez Hoodboy, Quaid-e-Azam University
Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary-General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference
Nahid Afrose Kabir, Senior Research Fellow, International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding, Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia
Sahar Khamis, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communications at the University of Maryland at College Park
Rami Khouri, Director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs in Beirut
Asim Khwaja
, Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School
Jens Kutscher
, Faculty of Law at Friedrich Alexander University in Germany
Lilia Labidi, Professor of Anthropology and Psychology, University of Tunis
Bruce Lawrence
, Professor and Director of Duke Islamic Studies Center
Tarek Massoud
, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Ziba Mir-Hosseini
, Hauser Global Law Visiting Professor at New York University
Muhammed el-Nawawy
, Professor and Knight-Crane Endowed Chair in the Department of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte
Ruud Peters
, Professor of Arabic Law and Culture at the University of Amsterdam
Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University
Yoginder Sikand
, Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion at the National Law School in Bangalore
Mohammed Tozy, Professor of Political Science at Hassan II University of Casablanca
Daniel Martin Varisco, Professor and Director of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies at Hofstra University in New York
Frank Vogel
, Founding Director of the Islamic Legal Studies Program, Harvard Law School
Imtiyaz Yusuf, Lecturer at the Graduate School of Philosophy and Religion at Assumption University in Bangkok