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Peter J. Awn

Dean, School of General Studies; Professor of Religion
General Studies
Religion Department
  • Director, Middle East Institute

Peter Awn, Ph.D., is Dean Emeritus of the School of General Studies, which he led for 20 years, from 1997 to 2017. For more than three decades, 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.

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