Guide to the Bruce Lawrence Papers, 1980-2009
Bruce Lawrence is a professor in the Department of Religion and the founding director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center (DISC). The Bruce Lawrence papers include materials related to the founding of DISC as well as other programs and projects related to Islam and Middle East Studies both at Duke and elsewhere.
- Record Group
- Bruce Lawrence Papers
- Lawrence, Bruce B.
- 3.0 Linear Feet
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Materials in English
The collection includes materials related to the work of Bruce Lawrence at Duke University, particularly related to the development and work of the Duke Islamic Studies Center (DISC). Topics covered include Duke centers and programs related to Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies; work in and relationships with the country of Morocco, including cultural and arts festivals, a partnership between Duke University and Mohammed V University, and a Duke-in-Morocco program, some of which includes correspondence with Angier Biddle Duke; international seminars and programs (including some in partnership with the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, especially in Morocco); grant and funding applications (including several from the Pew Charitable Trusts); Islamic art and architecture; history of religions; South East Asia; and other topics. Materials include notes, correspondence, conference programs and flyers, news clippings, and research materials, among others.
The collection is arranged into two series: Duke Administrative Materials and Professional Activities.
Access to the Collection
For a period of twenty-five years from the origin of the material, permission in writing from the office of origin and the University Archivist is required for use of administrative records. After twenty-five years, records that have been processed may be consulted with the permission of the University Archivist.
In accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended, Duke University permits students to inspect their education records and limits the disclosure of personally identifiable information from education records. Use of audiotapes and videotapes from this collection requires the creation of reference copies. Reference copies for some materials may have been made, and if a reference copy exists, it is noted in this finding aid. To arrange for the creation of reference copies of other items, please contact University Archives staff. Although these recordings are now stored in a stable environment, their condition and playback quality is unknown.
Electronic records in this collection have been migrated to a library server and digital use copies can only be accessed onsite in the Rubenstein Library Reading Room. To request access, please contact a reference archivist before coming to use these records.
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Use & Permissions
Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
How to Cite
[Identification of item], Bruce Lawrence Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Bruce Lawrence was born in Netwon, New Jersey in 1941. He graduated Princeton University in 1962 with a BA in Near Eastern Studies, served in the U.S. Navy from 1962-1964, graduated from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with an M. Div in Biblical Studies, and graduate from Yale University in 1972 with a Ph.D, studying Hiduism and Islam.
Lawrence joined the faculty of Duke University in 1971, in the Department of Religion. He taught and continued his research in comparative study of religious movements and institutional Islam. He was instrumental in the creation of the Carolina-Duke-Emory Institute for the Study of Islam (CDEISI) in 1997, which later evolved into the Center for the Study of Muslim Networks in 2002. In 2006, the Duke Islamic Studies Center (DISC) was formally established, with Bruce Lawrence as the founding director. DISC is an interdisciplinary center that, as of 2016, offers a Focus Program cluster and a DukeEngage Program, hosts a number of programs and events including speakers, panels, and film screenings, and sponsors initiatives such as the Transcultural Islam Project and ISLAMiCommentary.
Bruce Lawrence has written a number of books including Defenders of God: The Fundamentalist Revolt Against the Modern Age(1989), Shattering the Myth: Islam Beyond Violence (1998), The Qur'an: Books that Changed the World (2008), and Who is Allah? (2015). He was awarded two Fulbright Scholarships (1995 and 2006) and selected as a Carnegie Corporation Scholar of Islam in 2008.
He married fellow Duke professor miriam cooke in 1983.
Dept. of Religion records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Islamic and Arabian Development Studies Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Morocco at Duke scrapbook, 1985 Sept., Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Click to find related materials at Duke University Libraries.
- Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies
- Duke University. Duke Islamic Studies Center.
- Duke University. Department of Religion
- Duke, Angier Biddle, 1915-1995
- Lawrence, Bruce B.
- Lawrence, Bruce B.
- Pew Charitable Trusts
The Bruce Lawrence Papers were received by the University Archives as a gift in 2016.
Processed by Tracy M. Jackson, May 2016
Accessions described in this collection guide: UA2016-0017.