Gerhard Böwering has been Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religious Studies since 1984.

He taught previously at the University of Pennsylvania and has been a visiting professor at the University of Innsbruck, Princeton University, and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. He is the editor-in-chief of The Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought, Princeton 2012; Work in progress includes the following books: Islam and Christianity: the Inner Dynamics of Two Cultures of Belief, Notre Dame University Press; and The Dreams and Labors of a Central Asian Muslim Mystic. He was the recipient of a Mellon fellowship (1992), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2005-2006), and a fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (2006). In 2004-2005 he gave the Erasmus Lectures at Notre Dame. He has been a member of the American Philosophical Society since 1994.


Mystical Vision of Existence in Classical Islam (1980),

Sulami’s Minor Qur’an Commentary (Ziyadat haq’iq al-tafsir, 1995),

Islam and Christianity: the Inner Dynamics of Two Cultures of Belief (2007),

Sulami’s Sufi Treatises (Rasa’il sufiya, 2009)

Sulami’s Sufi Inquiries (Masa’il sufiya, 2010),

Negah-e ‘Erfani be-vojud (2010), Islamic Political Thought: An Introdcution, Princeton University Press: Princeton 2015,

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought (PEIPT), 

Princeton University Press, Princeton 2013, The Comfort of the Mystics: A Handbook and Anthology of Sufism (critical Arabic text edition and analysis, of Salwat al-‘ārifīn, co-authored with Bilal Orfali);

Brill, Leiden 2012, as well as numerous articles, including those in the Encyclopaedia of Islam, the Encyclopedia of the Qur’an, and the Encyclopaedia Iranica.

Ph.D., McGill University;

Th.L., Montreal, Canada; Diploma, Panjab University, Lahore, Pakistan;

Ph.L., Philosophische Hochschule Pullach, Germany;

Baccalaureate, Deutsches Gymnasium, Würzburg, Germany

Field of Interest: Islamic Studies

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