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Author chat on the new publication Breathtaking Revelations: The Science of Breath, from the Fifty Kamarupa Verses to Hazrat Inayat Khan, Featuring Pir Zia Inayat Khan, Carl Ernst, and Patrick D’Silva


The author chat

Omar, the Opera

UNC scholarship on Omar ibn Said

Video interviews with Carl Ernst, Mbaye Lo, and Mark Simpson-Vos on the Pulitzer Prize-wining opera “Omar” composed by Rhiannon Giddens

The Poetry of Hallaj

A conversation between Carl Ernst and Cyrus Zargar hosted by Oludamini Ogunnaike. Episode 2 of “The Logic of the Birds,” a project on Sufi poetry.

Online course

Four lectures plus four Q&A sessions

Sponsored by


New Books Network interview podcast on

I Cannot Write My Life

Islam, Arabic, and Slavery in Omar Ibn Said’s America

interview by SherAli Tareen

August 25, 2023



What is the “Autobiography” of Omar ibn Said? [video link]

Inaugural Abbasi Annual Lecture at Stanford University, Jan. 18, 2023




Dune and Islam

Carl Ernst and Michael Muhammad Knight, Nov. 13, 2021




‘Impossible Documents’ — How an Enslaved Muslim
Scholar Illuminates Southern Identity.

Carl Ernst with Mbaye Lo, North Carolina Public Radio,

Interview by Frank Stasio, “The State of Things.” June 9, 2020.

Book Talks


Words of Experience cover

Words of Experience:Translating Islam with Carl W. Ernst

     New Books in Islamic Studies: SherAli Tareen interview with Carl Ernst,

with Ilyse R. Morgenstein Fuerst, and Brannon M. Wheeler,

editors of Words of Experience; Translating Islam with Carl W. Ernst. Sheffield, UK: Equinox, 2021. May 7, 2-2021

Hallaj: Poems of a Sufi Martyr.

How to Read the Qur’an: A New Guide, with Select Translations 

(University of North Carolina Press, 2011)

  • Muqtedar Khan, Khanversations about the Qur’an, Ramadan 2021: Carl W. Ernst on How to Read the Qur’an. In this absorbing and fascinating Khanversation, Prof. Ernst talks about the ring structure of the Quran, the distinction between Meccan and Medinan Surahs, on the theory of abrogation in the Quran, on the need to widen and deepen the study of Tafsirs of the Quran and on intertextuality — the relations between the Quran and the Biblical heritage.
  • New Books in Islamic Studies: Kristian Petersen interview with Carl Ernst on How to Read the Qur’an: A New Guide, with Select TranslationsUniversity of North Carolina Press, 2011)
  • Frank Stasio, WUNC, “The State of Things,” Dec. 7, 2011, interview with Carl W. Ernst on How to Read the Qur’an