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Words of Experience

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Carl W. Ernst devoted his academic life to translating Islam, linguistically and culturally, typically within the intellectual context of religious studies. His work has focussed on how Islamic concepts have travelled across time and space and his influence on Islamic studies and religious studies is far-reaching. This volume features contributions from long-standing colleagues, scholars whose own work has built on Ernst's contributions, and former students. It looks at themes in Islamic studies which Ernst has addressed and expands on his major contributions.

Essays in this volume touch nearly every major element in Islamic studies - from the Qur'an to Sufism, Islamophobia to South Asian Islam, historical and contemporary praxis, music and more. This collection demonstrates one core tenant of Ernst's work, specifically the argument that Islam is not rooted in one place, time or language, but is a vast network, routed though myriad places, times and languages.

Published: Sep 1, 2020

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Section Chapter Authors
Introduction
A Shaykh for All Occasions Bruce Lawrence
Chapter 1
Is Islam a Religion? Contesting Din-Religion Equivalence in Twentieth Century Islamist Discourse Brannon Ingram
Chapter 2
Muslim Writings on Hinduism in Colonial India Ali Mian
Chapter 3
Sons of the Green Light: Khidr and Sufism in the Ansaru Allah Community/Nubian Islamic Hebrews Michael Knight
Chapter 4
Religion/Islam/Hinduism/Sufism/Yoga Joy Laine, James Laine
Chapter 5
Ascension Visions of Sufi Masters: The Rhetoric of Authority in Visionary Experiences of Ibn Abī Jamra and Rūzbihān Baqlī Frederick Colby
Chapter 6
"It's in the Bones": Muslim Pathologies and the Problem of Representation in Disgraced Samah Choudhury
Chapter 7
Sufism's Ambivalent Publics Katherine Ewing
Chapter 8
Sufi Cyberscapes: the Inayati Order in the Virtual Ecosystem of American Islam Robert Rozehnal
Chapter 9
Carl Ernst's Methodology of Sufi Studies F. Cangüzel Zülfikar
Chapter 10
Translation, Travel, Transfiguration and the Practice of Scholarship in the study of Religion Brannon Wheeler
Chapter 11
Negotiating the State and the Persianate: Ernst's Living Legacy at the Universoty of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Candace Mixon
Chapter 12
Writing, Doing and Performing the Future of Islamic Studies: The Practical Example of Carl W. Ernst Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst
Chapter 13
Epistemic Authority and a Just World: Remaking Islamic Studies through Collaborative Practices Katie Merriman
Chapter 14
Afterword Carl Ernst