Advancing a Better Understanding of Islam

A new report from Carnegie Corporation of New York highlights the work of outstanding scholars whose research extends the boundaries of knowledge about Islam and Muslim communities.

The Carnegie Scholars Program, created by Carnegie Corporation in 1999, has supported scholars and thinkers addressing critical research questions of our time. From 2005-2009 the Program recognized scholars who focus on Islam as a religion and on Muslim communities in the U.S. and abroad. Some of their groundbreaking work is featured in the report.

The Scholars Program, which is paused at this time in order to take stock of its accomplishments, has focused on helping to forge connections between excellent scholarship and the formation of public policy.

Read the full report, or see below for individual essays about the work of select Carnegie Scholars:

Foreword: Vartan Gregorian
President, Carnegie Corporation of New York

Introduction: Shibley Telhami
Reflections on the Carnegie Scholars Program on Islam and Muslim Societies
Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland, College Park, and non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Saban Center

Profile: Brian Edwards
A Scholar Assesses How Culture Goes Global
Associate Professor of English, Comparative Literary Studies and American Studies, Northwestern University

Profile: Noah Feldman
Illuminating the Deep History of Shari’a
Bemis Professor of International Law, Harvard Law School, and Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Profile: Amaney Jamal
Avid Interpreter of Islam and Democracy
Assistant Professor of Politics, Princeton University, and Term Member, Council on Foreign Relations

Profile: Bruce Lawrence
Scholar of Islam with Sweeping Vision
Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Humanities Professor, Professor of Islamic Studies and Inaugural director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center, Duke University

Profile: Vali Nasr
State Department Scholar of the Muslim World
Senior Advisor to the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, U.S. Department of State

Profile: Jen’nan Read
A Public Scholar Emerges
Associate Professor of Sociology and Global Health, Duke University

Afterword: Patricia Rosenfield
A New Vision of Study and Outreach for Scholarship on Islam
Director, Carnegie Scholars Program, Carnegie Corporation of New York

Index of Carnegie Scholars 2005-2009