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Peter J. Awn

Dean, School of General Studies; Professor of Religion
School: 
General Studies
Department: 
Religion Department
Office: 
408 Lewisohn Hall, MC4101
Email: 
pja3@columbia.edu
Phone: 
212-854-6321
Appointments
  • Director, Middle East Institute
Biography

Peter Awn, Ph.D., is in his seventeenth year as dean of the School of General Studies. For 34 years, Awn has also been a professor of Islamic and Comparative Religion at Columbia University. He has also been visiting professor at Princeton University and has lectured widely to academic and business professionals on the role Islamic religion plays in the current political and social development of the Muslim world. Awn was the first recipient of the Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Award for distinguished teaching and research. His book, "Satan's Tragedy and Redemption: Iblîs in Sufi Psychology," a study of the devil in Islamic mysticism (Sufism), was the recipient of a book award from the American Council of Learned Societies.

Peter Awn received his Ph.D. in Islamic religion and comparative religion from Harvard University in 1978. Previously he earned a B.A. in Philosophy and Classical Languages, and an M.Div. in Christian Theology.

Research & Other Works
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The Role of Innovation and the Digital Economy: New Opportunities and Challenges for Chinese, US and European Economic Policy
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A Vital People: A Necessity for a Good Economy
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Google Ngrams for Individualism: Do They Trace a Loss of Innovation?
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15th Annual Conference: The Age of the Individual: 500 Years Ago Today: Introductory Remarks
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Nothing Natural About the Natural Rate of Unemployment
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Economic Culture and Economic Performance: What Light Is Shed on the Continent's Problem?
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Toward a Model of Innovation and Performance Along the Lines of Knight, Keynes, Hayek and M. Polanyí
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The Economic Prosperity of Nations: Prosperity Depends on Dynamism, Dynamism on Institutions
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A Dynamic Theory of China-U.S. Trade: Making Sense of the Imbalances
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Corporatism and Keynes: His Views on Growth
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Capitalism and Keynes: From the Treatise on Probability to The General Theory
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Dynamism and Inclusion: What? Why? How?
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Three Forewards
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Comments on Reforming the Financial Sector
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Innovation and Morality in Economics
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Seeds of Recovery After The Financial Crisis
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The Challenge of Innovation in Turbulent Times: A Report Submitted to the Global Agenda Council
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Dynamism and Economic Performance: A Preliminary Report
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The Slump, the Recovery, And the 'New Normal' (Trilogy on the analytics of the crisis and the ensuing slump)
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Macroeconomic Effects of Over-investment in Housing in an Aggregative Model of Economic Activity (a trilogy on the analytics of the crisis and the ensuing slump)
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Climate Change, the Knowledge Problem and the Good Life
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The Entrepreneurial Economy I: Contracting under Knightian Uncertainty
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Innovation and Employment
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A North African Quartet
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An Excess of State Borrowing and Bank Lending: A Symptom of Present-day Corporatist Economies
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Effects of Technological Improvement in the ICT-Producing Sector on Business Activity
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Contracting for Innovation under Ambiguity
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Entrepreneurship, Ambiguity, and the Shape of Innovation Contracts
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Job Satisfaction: The Effects of Two Economic Cultures
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Job Satisfaction: The Effect of Capitalist and Corporatist Institutions
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Career Choice and Economic Innovation: A Comparison Between China, Germany and the USA
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What Ails Greece? The Two Perspectives in Macroeconomics
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Deleterious Effects of Sustained Deficit Spending
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Europe’s Losses of Innovation: The Individual as well as Societal Harms
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Dangers in a Repeat of Historic Corporatism
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This Thing Called the American Dream
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Effects of technological improvement in the ICT-producing sector on business activity
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Future fiscal and budgetary shocks
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Tax cuts, employment and asset prices: A real intertemporal model
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A structuralist model of the small open economy in the short, medium and long run
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Income tax cuts without spending cuts: Hazards to efficiency, equity, employment and growth
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Low-Wage Employment Subsidies in a Labor Turnover Model of the 'Natural Rate'
 
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