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Scott KugleProfessor



  • Ph.D., History of Religions, Duke University
  • B.A., Religion, Literature and History, Swarthmore College

Teaching/Research Areas

  • Islamic Studies
  • South Asian Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality in Islam
  • Comparative Religion
  • Sufi Literature and Music

Books Published

  • Hajj to the Heart: Sufi Journeys across the Indian Ocean (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2022).
  • The Merciful Door: Living with a Sufi Master in India (London: Beacon Books, 2022).
  • When Sun Meets Moon: Gender, Eros and Ecstasy in Urdu Poetry (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2016).
  • Living Out Islam: Voices of Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Muslims (New York: New York University Press, 2013).
  • Sufi Meditation and Contemplation: Timeless Wisdom from Mughal India, trans. from Persian with critical introduction (New Lebanon: Omega Press, 2012).
  • Homosexuality in Islam: Critical Reflection on Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims (Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2010).
  • Performing Ecstasy: Poetics and Politics of Religion in India, co-edited with Pallabi Chakravorty (New Delhi: Manohar Press, 2009).
  • Sufis and Saints’ Bodies: Mysticism, Corporeality and Sacred Power in Islamic Culture (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 2007).
  • Rebel Between Spirit and Law: Ahmad Zarruq, Juridical Sainthood and Authority in Islam.  (Bloomington: Indian University Press, 2006).
  • The Book of Illumination: an English Translation of Kitab al-Tanwir fı Isqat al-Tadbir by Shaykh Ibn `Ata’ Allah al-Iskandari (Louisville: Fons Vitae Press, 2005).