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Bruce B. Lawrence, Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Humanities Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Religion

Bruce B. Lawrence
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Office Location:  314 Gray Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3506
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Ph.D.Yale University1972
Honorary PhDVirginia Theological Seminary2006
Research Interests: Islam, India, and Religion in Cyberspace

Current projects: religious minorities in Africa and Asia

The Comparative Study of Religious Movements; Institutional Islam, especially in Asia; Indo-Persian Sufism; the Religious Masks of Violence; Contemporary Islam as Abrahamic Faith and Religious Ideology


Director, Duke Islamic Studies Center Director, NC Center for South Asian Studies Member, Oversight committee for study abroad
Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Lawrence, BB. "Writing Self, Writing Empire: Chandar Bhan Brahman and the Cultural World of the Indo-Persian State Secretary. By Rajeev Kinra. Oakland: University of California Press, 2015. xix, 371 pp. ISBN: 9780520286467 (paper, also available in cloth and as e-book).." The Journal of Asian Studies 78:1 (February, 2019): 223-224. [doi]
  2. Lawrence, BB. The Koran in English: A Biography.  Princeton University Press, June, 2017: 280 pages.  [abs]
  3. Lawrence, BB. "Ancient Religions, Modern Politics: The Islamic Case in Comparative Perspective. By Michael Cook." Journal of the American Academy of Religion 85:2 (June, 2017): 555-558. [doi]
  4. Lawrence, BB. "The Study Quran: A New Translation and Commentary SeyyedHossein Nasr, Editor-in-Chief General Editors: Caner K.Dagli, Maria MassiDakake, Joseph E. B.Lumbard Assistant Editor: MohammedRustom San Francisco: HarperOne, 20152048pp. Cloth, $59.99, ISBN: 978-00." Muslim World 106:3 (July, 2016): 633-638. [doi]
  5. Kurzman, C; Lawrence, BB. "Muslim modernities: Interdisciplinary insights across time and space." Muslim World 105:4 (October, 2015): 440-445. [doi]

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