William E. B. Sherman (B.A., Stanford University; M.A., University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D., Stanford University) is an assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies. He joined the UNC Charlotte faculty in fall of 2017. His research approaches the history and literature of Muslim societies, with a particular focus on 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.