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Carl W. Ernst

June 23 - July 4, 2008

Carl W. Ernst is a specialist in Islamic studies, with a focus on West and South Asia. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His projects include Muslim interpretations of Hinduism and the literary interpretation of the Qur’an. While serving as a Shangri La Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Ernst prepared a book manuscript on the Qur'an as literature. His published research, based on the study of Arabic, Persian, and Urdu, has been mainly devoted to the study of Islam and Sufism. His most recent book, Following Muhammad: Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World has received several international awards, including the 2004 Bashrahil Prize for Outstanding Cultural Achievement.

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