Peter Awn received his Ph.D. in Islamic religion and comparative religion from Harvard University in 1978. Previously he earned a B.A. in Philosophy and Classical Languages, and an M.Div. in Christian Theology. He is presently Professor of Islamic Religion and Comparative Religion. He has been visiting professor at Princeton University and has lectured widely to academic and business professionals on the role Islamic religion plays in the current political and social development of the Muslim world.
Professor Awn was the first recipient of the Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Award for distinguished teaching andresearch. His book, "Satan's Tragedy and Redemption: Iblîs in Sufi Psychology", a study of the devil in Islamic mysticism (Sufism), was the recipient of a book award from the American Council of Learned Societies.