Domestication of Sufism in Iran and Its Implications for the Study of Religion


Monday, January 9, 2012, 3:00pm to 4:00pm


CMES, 38 Kirkland Street, Room 102

CMES is pleased to present

Ata Anzali
CMES Visiting Post-doctoral fellow

Ata Anzali is a PhD candidate at Rice University in the Department of religious studies.  He is currently working on his dissertation titled “Towards a Broader Genealogy of Islamic Mysticism: Deconstructing 'Irfan' as a Comparative Category in Modern Persian Literature.”  The thesis investigates the socio-cultural forces behind the rise of the term irfan in contemporary Persian literature as a normative category at the expense of the traditional term tasawwuf and its marginalization.  He holds an MA in Islamic philosophy and Kalam from Tehran University and has extensively studied the philosophical and the mystical traditions of Islam at the Qom Seminary prior to coming to the US as a PhD student.

This event is open to the public; no registration required. 

Contact: Liz Flanagan