"Sufi Martyrs of Love"
Jaipur Literature Festival, Jaipur, India (January 25, 2018)

"The Dabistan and Orientalist views of Sufism"
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (May 24, 2016)

"Teaching Methods of Kenan Rifa'i in the Masnavi Commentary"
International Conference on Kenan Rifai, Istanbul, Turkey (
May 31, 2015)

"Why ISIS Should Be Called Daesh: Reflections on Religion and Terrorism."
African, African American, and Diaspora Studies Faculty
FedEx Global Education Center 1009,
UNC-Chapel Hill, October 22, 2014, 4pm.

"Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World." First Annual Ibrahim Abu-Rabi’ Commemorative Lecture, International Council For Middle East Studies, Washington DC (May 7, 2014).

Carl Ernst: There is no “Muslim world.” Interview on Nausheen Husain's Islamophobia blog (master's project, UC Berkeley Journalism), 8 April 2014.

"Sufism: History, Politics and Culture: A Conversation with Carl Ernst, Interviewed by Llewellyn Smith." Sufi Journal, no. 86 (winter 2014), pp. 28-35.

"An Illustrated Anglo-Persian Taxonomy of Indian Religions: The Silsila-i Jogiyan (The Order of Yogis) by Sital Singh Bikhwud." The Annemarie Schimmel Memorial Lecture, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (January 24, 2014).

"A Case Study of Bahr al-hayat." Conference on "Yoga and Visual Culture: An Interdisciplinary Symposium." Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington DC (November 22, 2013).

"Sital Singh, a Hindu Commentator on Ibn `Arabi," Plenary lecture, "Ibn 'Arabi & Rumi Conference: Being Fully Human," Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi Society and the Dominican School of Philosophy and Religion, at the Graduate Theological Union
Berkeley, CA
(May 3-4, 2013).

"Reflections on the Poetry of Haji Bayram Wali," International Symposium on “Hajı Bayram Wali,” Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey (December 14-16, 2012).

"How to Read the Qur'an." University of Iowa, November 8, 2012.

"Reading the Narratives of Sura 18 of the Qur’an."
David Nelson's class "Narrative in Sacred Scripture," UNC School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
(March 29, 2012)

"The Global Significance of Arabic Language and Literature." First Annual Arabic Majors Distinguished Lecture, Duke University (March 22, 2012)

Conversations: On Sufism/ with Prof. Carl W. Ernst and Prof. Muhsin al-Musawi, at the Columbia University Arabic Seminar (Mar. 1, 2012).

Videos of talks at the Jaipur Literature Festival (India, Feb. 24, 2012):
--'Violent Mystics' - James Mallinson and Carl Ernst in conversation with Sunil Kumar
--'Reconstructing Rumi' - Carl Ernst and Farrukh Dhondy, chaired by Sunil Kumar

Audio interviews on the new book, How to Read the Qur’an (Jan. 2012):
--with Kristian Petersen on "New Books in Islamic Studies." Click here to listen.
--with Frank Stasio on WUNC’s “The State of Things.” Click here to listen.
--with DG Martin on WCHL’s “Who’s Talking." Click here.

"Sufism, Islam, and Globalization"
John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio (Nov. 20, 2008)

"Nasr Abu Zayd on Ibn `Arabi and Modernity"
Conference on "The Modern Era and Ibn `Arabi"
Istanbul-Konya, Turkey; Damascus, Syria
(May 23-28, 2008)

"Islam and the European Concept of Religion," Parts 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Beit al-Qur'an, Manama, Bahrain (Dec. 12, 2007)

"Davani's Interpretation of Hafiz"
Conference on "Hafiz and the School of Love in Persian Poetry"
University of Exeter, U.K.
(Mar. 30-Apr. 1, 2007)

"Muslim Interpreters of Yoga"
South Asia Seminar
, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (January 4, 2007)

"Music from the Axis of Evil: Iraq and Iran"
UNC Area Studies Global Music program
WXYC radio, 89.3 FM 
(November 30, 2006)

"Interpreting Islam: Politics, the Media and the Academy" (iTunes; scroll down to lecture no. 74 on this album)
Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, Arizona State University (March 8, 2006)

"Sufism and the Sources of the Islamic Tradition," parts 1 and 2
Iqbal Academy, Lahore, Pakistan, Feb. 2006

"Sufism: Music and Culture"
UNC Area Studies Global Music program
WXYC radio, 89.3 FM
  (January 27, 2006)

Interview with D.G. Martin, "North Carolina Book Watch," on Following Muhammad: Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World (UNC Press, 2003), November 2004.

Audiobook: Following Muhammad: Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World by Carl W. Ernst (clip from Preface)  

Book trailer for The Unveiling of Secrets, Diary of A Sufi Master, by Ruzbihan Baqli; translated from the Arabic by Carl W. Ernst (Chapel Hill, NC: Parvardigar Press, 1997)