Words of Experience
Carl W. Ernst devoted his academic life to translating Islam, linguistically and culturally, typically within the intellectual context of Religious Studies. His work has focused 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 that 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 tenet of Ernst’s work, specifically the argument that Islam is not rooted in one place, time or language, but is a vast network, routed through myriad places, times and languages.
Published: Mar 24, 2021
Not only is the legacy and influence of Carl Ernst a formidable one for the field that deserves attention and serious consideration, but the majority of contributors build from his insights and methods to develop important lines of inquiry in their own right. Almost anyone in Islamic Studies would find this work important and compelling, and individual contributions clearly have resonance beyond this group in the fields of South Asian Studies, Persian Studies, Virtual Religion, American Religion, Sufism, and the academic study of religion.
Anna Bigelow, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Stanford University, USA