Ahmet Targon Karamustafa
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

 Ahmet T. Karamustafa is Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park. His expertise is in social and intellectual history of medieval and early modern Islam in the Middle East and Southwest Asia as well as in theory and method in the study of religion. He is the author of God’s Unruly Friends (University of Utah Press, 1994), a book on ascetic movements in medieval Islam, and Vahidi’s Menakıb-ı Hvoca-i Cihan ve Netice-i Can (The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University, 1993), a study of a sixteenth-century mystical text in Ottoman Turkish. He also served as an editor for, and wrote several articles in, Cartography in the Traditional Islamic and South Asian Societies (University of Chicago Press, 1992). More recently, he completed a comprehensive historical overview of early Islamic mysticism titled Sufism: The Formative Period (published simultaneously by Edinburgh University Press & University of California Press, 2007). Currently, he is at work on a sequel volume titled The Flowering of Sufism as well as another book project, Vernacular Islam: Everyday Muslim Religious Life in Medieval Turkey. Karamustafa has held several administrative positions, including a five-year term as director of the Religious Studies Program at Washington University in St. Louis. He was the co-chair of the Study of Islam Section at the American Academy of Religion between 2008 and 2011.

Recent Articles and Essays
“The Ghazālī Brothers and their Institutions,” in Ötekilerin Peşinde: Ahmet Yaşar Ocak’a Armağan (Festschrift in Honor of Ahmet Yaşar Ocak), 265-75. Edited by Mehmet Öz and Fatih Yeşil. Istanbul: Timaş Yayınları,2015).
• “Islamisation through the Lens of the Saltukname,” in Islam and Christianity in Medieval Anatolia, 349-364. Edited by A. C. S. Peacock, Bruno De Nicola and Sara Nur Yıldız. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2015. (Courtesy of Ashgate/Gower, All Rights Reserved)
“Antinomian Sufis,” in The Cambridge Companion to Sufism, 101-124. Edited by Lloyd Ridgeon. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. (Courtesy of Cambridge University Press, All Rights Reserved) 
“Kaygusuz Abdal: A Medieval Turkish Saint and the Formation of Vernacular Islam in Anatolia.”  In Unity in Diversity: Mysticism, Messianism and Construction of Religious Authority in Islam, 329-42. Edited by Orkhan Mir Kasimov. Leiden: Brill, 2013.

   • “İslam tasavvuf düşüncesinde Yunus Emre’nin yeri” in Turkish, [“The Place of Yunus Emre in Sufi Thought”] inYunus Emre, 183-95. Edited by Ahmet Y.Ocak. Ankara: T.C. Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlığı, 2012.

Office Hours: 
Wednesday: 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Francis Scott Key Hall