Gerhard Böwering

Gerhard Böwering

Professor of Religious Studies and Islamic Studies


Email: gerhard.bowering@yale.edu
Phone: 203-432-0842
Office Location: 451 College, 402
Office Hours: Tuesdays 4:00 - 5:00pm

Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., McGill University;
Th.L., Montreal, Canada;
Diploma, Panjab University, Lahore, Pakistan;
Ph.L., Philosophische Hochschule Pullach, Germany;
Baccalaureate, Deutsches Gymnasium, Würzburg, Germany


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 has published
The Mystical Vision of Existence in Classical Islam, Berlin-New York 1980; The Minor Qur'an
Commentary of al-Sulami, Beirut 1995, 2nd ed. 1997; Sufi Treatises, Beirut 2009; Sufi Inquiries and
Interpretations, Beirut 2010; and The Comfort of the Mystics, Leiden 2013; as well as numerous articles,
including those in the Encyclopaedia of Islam, the Encyclopedia of the Qur'an, and the Encyclopaedia
Iranica. 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.