Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Professor, Emeritus
Bruce Lawrence is, in the words of one colleague, "a defrocked medievalist turned Abrahamic pluralist." He received his A.B. from Princeton (1962) and his Ph.D. from Yale (1972) and has taught at Duke University since 1971. His research tackles ideology as the other, darker side of religion, including the comparative analysis of contemporary religious movements.
Professor Lawrence has lived and done research in 18 countries; most of them are majority Muslim. He speaks and/or reads Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Turkish, Bahasa Indonesia, and Sanskrit. He has received numerous awards and grants, most recently having been recognized as a Carnegie Scholar of Islam (2008-2010). In this project, he has broached the issue of religious minorities as secular citizens, from coastal Africa to island Asia.
Professor Lawrence has published over one hundred articles and sixteen books, some authored, others co-authored, edited, or co-edited. His Carnegie project, when completed, then published in 2012, will be his sixth single-authored monograph. He also founded the Duke Islamic Studies Center and served as its Inaugural Director from 2005-2009.
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