The Passing of Peter Awn

We in the Department of Religion are deeply saddened by the untimely and tragic loss of Peter Awn, who was a treasured colleague, teacher, and friend.  Peter was a scholar of Islam with expertise in Islamic mysticism, whose book, “Satan’s Tragedy and Redemption:  Iblis in Sufi Psychology” won an award from the American Council of Learned Societies.  He was a beloved teacher and was able to blend his earlier study and training in the Christian tradition, as a member of the Jesuit Order, with his broad learning in Islam to address issues in comparative religion in a substantive manner. Especially during his time as Chair of the Department, but throughout, Peter's wisdom, sound judgment, and keen sense of humor were qualities much appreciated by colleagues and students. 

Peter was a perfect fit for the Deanship of the School of General Studies. Even so, during the two decades in which he held that position he always took seriously his membership in our Department, and was an available and valuable source of counsel. In the past few months he worked with colleagues in his subfield in assessing applications for graduate admissions and in planning courses.  It is profoundly sad that his time back with us was so short.


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