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Eickelman ’64 Is Carnegie Scholar

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Second faculty member in two years to receive honor

Dale Eickelman '64, the Ralph and Richard Lazarus Professor of Anthropology and Human Relations, has been named a Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Eickelman was selected as one of 24 scholars who will receive two-year grants of up to $100,000. Eickelman is the second member of the Dartmouth faculty to receive this honor in as many years. Last year Susannah Heschel, the Eli Black Professor in Jewish Studies and professor of religion, was also named a Carnegie Scholar.

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Dale Eickelman ’64 (Photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)

Eickelman was chosen for what the corporation calls his "compelling ideas and commitment to enriching the quality of the public dialogue on Islam."

"This fellowship will enable me to continue my existing research on the evolving conversations about Islamic practice and tradition and to pursue new opportunities in related fields," says Eickelman. "The goal is to enlarge our understanding of how Muslim thought is changing and being changed by some of the same forces that are affecting other traditions and belief systems in the 21st century."

Building upon his fieldwork and previous research in Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates, Eickelman's Carnegie project—"Mainstreaming Islam: Taking Charge of the Faith"—will explore the impact educated Muslims are having on rethinking Islamic thought and practice. Eickelman's work will present a more complex analysis of those reformers who are rethinking religion outside of traditional boundaries, or are shaping new social movements.

"Dartmouth colleagues and students have consistently provided me with the inspiration needed to reach both national and international audiences," says Eickelman, who will share his research through publication of a book and will participate in related activities.

Eickelman's previous scholarship has focused on the role of intellectuals in Islamic society, education, media, and communications. He has authored or edited over a dozen books and has published nearly 150 journal articles and book chapters. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago and an M.A. in Islamic Studies from McGill University.

The 2009 Carnegie Scholar awardees are the fifth class to focus on Islam since the program began in 2000, bringing the number of Carnegie Scholars focused on this topic to 117.

By SARAH GOMEZ

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Last Updated: 4/22/09