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Unraveling the Tawasin of Hallaj

September 8, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A conversation between Nomanul Haq (Dean of the Institute of Liberal Arts at the University of Management and Technology in Lahore) and Carl Ernst (William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Islamic studies at the Department of Religious Studies, UNC Chapel Hill) 


The Kitāb al-Ṭawāsīn of the Sufi al-Ḥallāj (d. 922 CE) is a fascinating versified mystical treatise of a monumental and intriguing figure in the history of Sufism. Ḥallāj was mercilessly executed by Abbasid rulers in a mêlée of political and sectarian machinations. His fateful cry “I am the Truth” has echoed in Sufi chambers until this day, generating a legacy of devotional, romantic, and even secular resistance poetry and prose. Join us in a conversation between two distinguished scholars and translators of the Ṭawāsīn.

Sponsored by the UNC Department of Religious Studies, Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies; and Department of Middle Eastern and Asian Studies


4003 FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-Chapel Hill


September 8, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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FedEx Global Education Center
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