Words of Experience

Translating Islam with Carl W. Ernst

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Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst, Brannon M. Wheeler
Comparative Islamic Studies
  • Sheffield, UK: 
    , October
     280 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


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.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst is an associate professor of religion at the University of Vermont. She received her PhD in religious studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where Carl Ernst was her mentor. She is the author of Indian Muslim Minorities and the 1857 Rebellion: Religion, Rebels and Jihad (IB Tauris, 2017).

Brannon Wheeler is a professor of history at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis where he was the founding director of the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies. He received a PhD in near eastern languages and civilizations from the University of Chicago , studying with Carl Ernst at Pomona College. He is the author and editor of nine books including Mecca and Eden: Ritual, Relics, and Territory in Islam (Chicago, 2006).


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