Conference of the European Network for the Study of Islam and Esotericism (ENSIE): “Islamic Esotericism in Global Contexts” — Online, with registration, 03-05/12/2020
“Islamic Esotericism in Global Contexts”
2020 ENSIE Conference
Registration before 1 December at https://doodle.com/poll/ahvdmz9airifz933
Day one, 3 December
- Pierre Lory (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes), “Satanic Dreams in Islam”.
- Eyad Abu Ali (Utrecht University), “Imagined Bodies in Medieval Sufism: Boundaries of corporeality in Sufi dream manuals”.
- Marinos Sariyannis (FORTH/IMS, Greece), “Languages of Ottoman esotericism”.
- Dimitrios Giagtzoglou (University of Crete), “Is there an Ottoman Lettrist tradition?”
- José Bellver (Université Catholique de Louvain), “Ibn Barrajān and the Science of Letters”.
- Michele Petrone (Université Catholique de Louvain), “Artificial Creation of Human Life: Ibn Waḥšiyya as a source of the Futūḥāt al-makkiyya”.
- Arjan Post ( KU Leuven), “Al-Wāsiṭī’s (d. 711/1311) Ṭarīqa Muḥammadiyya: Neither of the East nor of the West”.
Day TWO, 4 December
- Ariela Marcus Sells (Elon University), “Sorcery or Science: Contesting Practice in the Work of the Kunta Scholars”.
- Oludamini Ogunnaike (University of Virginia), “The Sage of the Sokoto Caliphate: Shaykh Dan Tafa and the Sciences of the Unseen”.
- Ayodeji Ogunnaike (Bowdoin College), “Spreading Sands: Khaṭṭ al-Raml and Indigenous African Divination”.
- Zachary Wright (Northwestern University in Qatar), “Islamic Esotericism in West Africa: From Timbuktu to Senegal, 15th to 20th centuries”.
- Emily Selove (University of Exeter), “Sirāj al-Dīn al-Sakkākī: The Currents and Links of Poetry and Magic”.
- Luca Patrizi (University of Exeter), “Magical Hydromancy’s Practice Involving a Goblet and a Young Boy in the Kitāb al-Shāmil by Sakkākī (d. 1160): A Reminiscence of the Ancient Myth of the Cupbearer?”
- Giovanni Maria Martini (Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale), “The Occult Properties of the Qurʾān (Khawāṣṣ al-Qurʾān): A Concept and Literarily Genre Connecting Religious and Occult Sciences in the Islamicate World”.
Day THREE, 5 December
- Mattias Gori Olesen (Aarhus University), “The Perennial Solidarity of the East: Esotericism and pan-Orientalism in interwar Egypt”.
- Youna Eskandari (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales), “Approaching the unseen of the Islamic Revolution of Iran through René Guénon”.
- Ahmad Bostani (Khārazmi University, Tehran), “Alexander Dugin and Post-Revolutionary Iranian Conservatives: Esotericism as Political Ideology”.
- Federico Stella (Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale), “The Mi‘rāj of Muḥammad according to Baldassarre Loyola Mandes S.J. (1631-1667). Between Controversy and Christianization”.
- Gowaart Vandenbossche (Aga Khan University), “Esoteric knowledge, historical memory, colonial fantasy: Thinking with manuscripts from late medieval Maṣyāf”.
- Rasoul Namazi (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), “How to write an esoteric text: Practice of Esoteric Writing in the Thought of Leo Strauss”.
- Michael Muhammad Knight (University of Central Florida), “Scientists, Imams, and Gods: Theosophy and Epistemology in the Nation of Islam”.
- Mark Sedgwick, Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies, Aarhus University, and Convener of ENSIE.
- Liana Saif, Research Associate, Warburg Institute.
- Godefroid de Callataÿ, Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Université catholique de Louvain.
- Michele Petrone, Postdoc, Université catholique de Louvain.
- Francesco Piraino, Postdoc, IDEMEC-CNRS – Fondazione Giorgio Cini.
The 2020 meeting is arranged in cooperation with the ERC project on Philosophy in al-Andalus (PhilAnd), and the Université catholique de Louvain.