Carl Ernst's Methodology of Sufi Studies

Words of Experience - Translating Islam with Carl W. Ernst - Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst

F. Cangüzel Güner Zülfikar [+-]
Üsküdar University, Turkey
F. Cangüzel Güner Zülfikar received her PhD in History from Hacettepe University, Ankara in 1999 with her dissertation: “Saint (Aziz) Mahmud Hudayi’s [ca. 1543-1628] Shrine Complex: Sufi Impact in the Civil Society Organizations in Ottoman Religious, Socio-Cultural History.” She served as the Associate Director of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations between 2006-2010 at UNC-Chapel Hill. Since 2016 she teaches at the Institute for Sufi Studies at Uskudar University.


Carl Ernst's methodological approach has played a significant role in the development of Sufi Studies. Ernst translates, contextualizes, and makes relevant Sufi primary sources to the present time. He engages with his topic in a multidisciplinary manner, clearly evaluating historical arguments, relations, and geographical differences in their cultural environment. He shifts religious studies methodology from "the model of comparative zoology" which had been utilized by Orientalist works into the human-centered Hodgsonian view. Ernst builds bridges of understanding by presenting his academic studies to the general public in an accessible manner. In this paper, Ernst's methodology will be studied in an attempt to offer a model for Sufi Studies in Turkey.

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Zülfikar, F. Cangüzel. Carl Ernst's Methodology of Sufi Studies. Words of Experience - Translating Islam with Carl W. Ernst. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Apr 2021. ISBN 9781781799109. Date accessed: 27 Feb 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.38428. Apr 2021

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