ERNST is a specialist in Islamic studies, with a focus on Iran and
South Asia. His published research, based on the study of Arabic,
Persian, and Urdu, has been mainly devoted to the study of Sufism.
He is also currently working on a broadly interpretive introduction
to Islam, on Islamic interpretations of Hinduism, and questions
of print culture and communications technology in Islamic societies.
His publications include Teachings of Sufism(1999); a translation
of The Unveiling of Secrets: Diary of a Sufi Master by Ruzbihan
Baqli (1997); The Shambhala Guide to Sufism(1997);Ruzbihan Baqli:
Mystical Experience and the Rhetoric of Sainthood in Persian Sufism(1996);
Eternal Garden: Mysticism, History, and Politics at a South Asian
Sufi Center(1993);and Words of Ecstasy in Sufism (1985).
He studied comparative religion at Stanford University
(A.B. 1973) and Harvard University (Ph.D. 1981), and has done research
tours in India (1978-79, 1981), Pakistan (1986, 2000), and Turkey
(1991), and has also visited Iran (1996, 1999). He has taught at
Pomona College (1981-1992) and has been a visiting lecturer in Paris
and Seville. A faculty member of the Department of Religious Studies
at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 1992, he
is now Zachary Smith Professor .
Islam: A Sourcebook, edited by Charles Kurzman. Oxford University
the Myth: Islam Beyond Violence, by Bruce Lawrence. Princeton
Politics, by Dale F. Eickelman and James Piscatori. Princeton
Resources for the Study of Islam