Monthly Archives: May 2014

Inauguration by

Inauguration by:

Professor, Dr. A A M S Arefin Siddique,

honourable Vice Chancellor,

University of Dhaka

Bangladesh

Keynote speaker: 3rd Biruni Interdisciplinary International Conference

Keynote speaker: 3rd Biruni Interdisciplinary International Conference

Dr. Bruce Lawrence, Emeritus Professor, Duke University, USA,
an internationally renowned al-Biruni and Islamic studies scholar

Keynote Speaker’s Biography:

Bruce B. Lawrence (at Duke since 1971) is the Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Humanities Professor Emeritus of Religion at Duke University. A graduate of Princeton University (1962), he earned his doctorate at Yale University in History of Religions (1972). At Yale he was trained to engage both the Middle East and South Asia, with particular reference to the cultures and languages, the history and religious practices marked as Muslim. But he also concerns himself with the non-Muslim religious traditions of Asia, especially Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism, at the same time that he pursues the turbulent reconnections of Europe to Asia forged in colonial, and then post-colonial encounters. His early books explored the intellectual and social history of Asian Muslims. Shahrastani on the Indian Religions (1976) was followed by Notes from a Distant Flute (1978), The Rose and the Rock (1979) and Ibn Khaldun and Islamic Ideology (1984). Since the mid-1980s, he has been concerned with the interplay between religion and ideology. The test case of fundamentalism became the topic of his award-winning monograph, Defenders of God: The Fundamentalist Revolt against the Modern Age (1989/1995). A parallel but more limited enquiry informed his later monograph, Shattering the Myth: Islam beyond Violence (1998/2000). It is the thorny issue of religious pluralism and diasporic communities that guides his monograph on Asian religions in America (Columbia University Press, November 2002). New Faiths/Old Fears concerns Asian religions in America since 1965, examining how they both converge with and challenge North American norms and values. He has also written three collaborative works with colleagues from North Carolina. The first, Beyond Turk and Hindu: Contesting Islamicate India, was edited with Professor David Gilmartin of North Carolina State University, and published by University Press of Florida in December 2000 (with an Indian edition in September 2002). The other was co-written with Professor Carl Ernst of the University of North Carolina. Sufi Martyrs to Love: The Chishti Brotherhood in South Asia and Beyond, was published from Palgrave Press, also in November 2002. Most recently, with his Duke colleague and spouse, dr. Miriam Cooke of Asian and African Languages and Literatures, he has co-edited Muslim Networks from Hajj to Hip Hop, published in March 2005 from UNC Press.

He has also written a best selling book, The Qur’an – A Biography (2007), and his latest popular book – Who is Allah? – is due to be published in March 2015 from UNC Press, in the series on Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks, which he co-edits with Professor Carl Ernst of UNC. His scholarly paper entitled “Al-Biruni: Against the Grain” is published in CM Critical Muslim, Issue 12, Muslim Institute.

2nd Biruni Conference: Bangla Abstract

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