Dr. Suheil Laher

Lead Faculty and Assistant Professor
60 Willow Street Chelsea, MA 02150


  • Ph.D., Islamic Students, Harvard University
  • M.A., Religious Studies, Boston University

Dr. Suheil Laher

Lead Faculty and Assistant Professor


Dr. Suheil Laher has an MA in Religious Studies from Boston University and a PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Harvard University. He previously served as Academic Dean at Fawakih Institute, which teaches Classical Arabic.

He has previously taught at Harvard, Brandeis and Boston Universities, and has also taught courses at the Ella Collins Institute and the Bukhari Institute. He has benefited from a number of teachers of traditional Islamic disciplines, in the U.S. and abroad, and has ijazahs in Islamic theology (‘aqidah), Islamic law (fiqh), hadith and other subjects.

He also has extensive experience working with youth while serving as Muslim Chaplain at MIT. He currently serves as Associate Professor and Lead Faculty at BIS.

Past Courses

  • Sciences of the Qur’an, Fall 2016
  • Sciences of Hadith, Spring 2017
  • Madhhabs: Development and Differences, Fall 2017
  • Foundations and Objectives of Sacred Law (Qawa’id and Maqasid), Spring 2018
  • Sciences of Qur’an and Hadith, Spring 2019
  • Qur’anic Immersion: Recitation, Reflection and Application, Fall 2019
  • Introduction to the Sciences of the Qur’an, Fall 2020
  • Qurʾanic Immersion: Recitation, Reflection, and Application, Ramadan 2021
  • IRL-541: Fiqh of Worship and Translation, Fall 2021
  • IRL-543: Usul al-Fiqh (Legal Theory) & Maqasid al-Sharia (Objectives of Islamic Law), Spring 2022