Dr. Vincent Cornell

Professor, Middle East and Islamic Studies

Emory University

WORDE Specialist Vincent Cornell’s interests cover the entire spectrum of Islamic thought from the doctrinal and social history of Sufism to theology and political philosophy. He received his Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1989. He has lived and worked in Morocco for nearly six years, and has spent considerable time both teaching and doing research in Egypt, Tunisia, Malaysia and Indonesia.

He is currently working on Voices of Islam, a five volume set which he is editing for Praeger Press, as well as a book length monograph of the North African Sufi Abu al-Hasan al-Shadhili, a work on Hermetic philosophy in Islamic Spain, and a history of Islamic moral philosophy.

BIOGRAPHY


Vincent J. Cornell is Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Middle East and Islamic Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. From 2000-2006, he was Professor of History and Director of the King Fahd Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies at the University of Arkansas. From 1991-2000, he taught at Duke University. His published works include thirty-eight articles, three books, and one book set, including The Way of Abu Madyan (Cambridge: The Islamic Texts Society, 1996) and Realm of the Saint: Power and Authority in Moroccan Sufism (Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press, 1998).

His most recent major publication is the five-volume book set Voices of Islam (Westport, Connecticut and London: Praeger, 2007). This comprehensive introduction to Islamic religion, thought, life, and civilization includes chapters by 50 Muslim authors, including many of the premier scholars of Islamic Studies. Dr. Cornell’s interests cover the entire spectrum of Islamic thought from the doctrinal and social history of Sufism to theology and political philosophy. Currently he is the project director of the project, Toward A Muslim Theology of World Religions and is also working on a genealogy of the problematic of Islam and democracy. Since 2002 he has een a key participant in the annual Building Bridges seminars of Christian and Muslim scholars conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

ARTICLES


“Mimesis and the Logic of Repetition in Islamic Extremism: The Cosmic Shari’a in the Works of Sayyid Qutb and the Brethren of Purity.”

“Practical Sufism: An Akbarian Foundation for a Liberal Theology of Difference,” in Journal of the Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi Society (Vol. 36, 2004)

BOOKS


Muslim Networks from Hajj to Hip Hop, contributing author Vincent Cornell, University of North Carolina Press, 2005.

Scriptures in Dialogue: Christians and Muslims Studying the Bible and the Qur’an Together, contributing author VIncent Cornell, Church House Publishing, 2004.

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