William Sherman

Religious Studies
Assistant Professor
Macy 202C
RELS Main Office # 704-687-5188

William E. B. Sherman (B.A., Stanford University; M.A., University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., Stanford University) joined the UNC Charlotte faculty in fall of 2017. His research approaches the history and literature of Muslim societies with a particular focus upon premodern South and Central Asia.  His research engages the imagination of language and revelation in premodern Islamic culture.  When does language become revelation? And how does the presence of “new” revelation transform the emergence of categories such as tribe, ethnicity, and race in the broader Islamic world? In addition to his interests in the linguistic imagination of Islamic literatures, he also researches and teaches on issues of apocalypticism, hagiography, theory and method in the study of religion, missionary movements in South Asia, and Islam in America. 

His current project is provisionally titled Mountains and Messiahs, and it focuses upon a Sufi millenarian movement popular among Afghan communities between Peshawar and Kabul in the 17th century. In narrating this story of a particular Sufi movement, however, this project explores a much larger topic: the ideologies and imaginations of letters, words, and revelation across the late medieval and early modern Islamic world. This project is a multidisciplinary project, connecting Pashto and Persian manuscripts to contemporary literary theory and philosophies of semiosis and subjectivity.

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Guarded by Two Jaguars: A Blog Post by the Author

   January 17, 2023

Dr. Hoenes del Pinal published some thoughts on his monograph, Guarded by Two Jaguars: A Catholic Parish Divided by Language and Faith (University of Arizona Press, 2022). Read here

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Dr. Sherman Is Heading to Heidelberg

   January 17, 2023

Dr. William E.B. Sherman has been awarded a fellowship to the ...

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What is E2M?

   January 16, 2023

Dr. Julia Robinson Moore is very busy working on the various facets of her new project, E2M: Equity in Memory and Memorial. 

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Dr. Thiede and The Shiloh Project

   January 9, 2023

The Bible and Violence is a whole lot more than a two-part book; it’s a wide-ranging scholarly endeavor that includes creating intellectual community through workshopping, mentoring, training, and research events. Scholars involved are reading each other's works, meeting and talking through their interests and concerns, and learning directly from one another in a host of different...

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Learn About Material Culture

   January 3, 2023

Dr. Kaloyanides and Dr. Kati Curts's special issue explores four key categories: “Material,” “Economies,” “Religion,” and “America(s).” The ambition of this issue is that the collective inquiries of its 21 authors, which span various interpretive histories and genealogical fragments, can offer...

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Reviews of Dr. Thiede's Monograph

   July 15, 2022

Congratulations to Dr. Barbara Thiede on her recent publication of Male Friendship, Homosociality, and Women in the Hebrew Bible: Malignant Fraternities. Routledge, 2021.

Brief summary:

"Male alliances, partnerships, and friendships are fundamental to the Hebrew Bible. This book offers a detailed and explicit exploration of the ways in which shared...

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