Doctor Milad Milani

Doctor Milad Milani

Senior Lecturer,
Humanities (Arts)

Biography

Dr Milad Milani is a Senior Lecturer in religious studies at Western Sydney University. He specialises in the study of Sufism and Islam through a comparative religious studies lens. Dr Milani’s research draws on Heidegger’s hermeneutic phenomenology and more broadly on other thinkers such as Kierkegaard and Nietzsche for analysis, paying special attention to how the history of religion is understood in present-day thinking about religion. A central part of his research concerns the phenomenon of "Persian Sufism" and "Sufi poiesis," with special reference to Attar of Nishapur. He is broadly interested in the ontology of Islam. Dr Milani is an internationally published academic and has authored three books on Sufism: The Nature of Sufism (Routledge 2021), Sufi Political Thought (Routledge 2018), and Sufism in the Secret History of Persia (Routledge 2014). He has one co-edited book: Islam, Civility and Political Culture (Palgrave Mcmillan 2020). For a full list of Dr Milani’s publications please visit the Research Direct site.

 

This information has been contributed by Doctor Milani.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Sydney
  • BA(Hons) University of Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • Sufi Studies Network of Australia (2020)
  • Religion and Society Research Centre (2013)

Awards

  • Honours - First Class, Religious Studies (The University of Sydney) 2004-03-05
  • Australian Post Graduate Award 2004-04-02
  • Certificate Award - Principles and Practice of Certificate Award, University Teaching and Learning, Institute for Teaching and Learning (University of Sydney) 2006-05-05

Interests

  • Comparative Religion
  • History of Ideas in World Religion
  • Islam and the West / Modernity
  • Philosophy of History
  • Religion and Politics
  • Sufism

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Humanities (Arts)

Committees

  • First Year Committee
  • Sufi Studies Network of Australia
  • Course Management Committee
  • Chaplaincy

Contact

Email: M.Milani@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9685 9428
Mobile:
Location: EQ.1.46
Parramatta

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Teaching

Current Teaching Areas

  • 102184 History of Muslim Civilisations and Ideas
  • 102585 What is Islam?
  • 102734 History of Religion
  • 102823 Islam: Past, Present and Future

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 102495 Mystical Islam: The Emergence of Sufism in World History, 2020

Publications

Books

  • Milani, M. and Adrahtas, V. (2021), 'Islam, Civility and Political Culture', : Palgrave Macmillan 9783030567606.
  • Milani, M. (2018), 'Sufi Political Thought', : Routledge 9781138787643.
  • Milani, M. (2013), 'Sufism in the Secret History of Persia', : Acumen 9781844656776.

Chapters in Books

  • Milani, M. (2021), 'Introduction : Eschaton and civility in Islamic history', Islam, Civility and Political Culture, Palgrave Macmillan 9783030567606.
  • Milani, M. and Adrahtas, V. (2021), 'The quandary of modernity : Islam and civility', Islam, Civility and Political Culture, Palgrave Macmillan 9783030567606.
  • Milani, M. and Adrahtas, V. (2021), 'Islam divided : the underlying political culture of the conflict between the Sunni and the Shi'a', Islam, Civility and Political Culture, Palgrave Macmillan 9783030567606.
  • Milani, M. and Krok, M. (2021), 'The paradox of gendered holiness in Islamic mysticism', Islam, Civility and Political Culture, Palgrave Macmillan 9783030567606.
  • Milani, M. (2021), 'Javad Nurbakhsh and the Ni'matullahi 'Khaniqahi' Order', Handbook of Islamic Sects and Movements, Brill 9789004425255.
  • Milani, M. (2020), 'The "Sufism" of Monsieur Ibrahim', Cultural Fusion of Sufi Islam: Alternative Paths to Mystical Faith, Routledge 9781138615038.
  • Milani, M. (2020), 'Shariati, Ali', The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Sociology of Religion, Sage Publications 9781473942202.
  • Milani, M. (2020), 'Neo-Sufism', The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Sociology of Religion, Sage Publications 9781473942202.
  • Milani, M. (2020), 'Sufism', The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Sociology of Religion, Sage Publications 9781473942202.
  • Trompf, G. and Milani, M. (2019), 'From "Zurvanism" to Mazdak', The Gnostic World, Routledge 9781138673939.
  • Milani, M. (2019), 'Classic Sufism and Gnosis', The Gnostic World, Routledge 9781138673939.
  • Milani, M. (2017), 'The Sufism of Iran : regional indigeneity and Islamic mysticism', Religious Categories and the Construction of the Indigenous, Brill 9789004324411.
  • Milani, M., Possamai, A. and Wajdi, F. (2017), 'Branding of spiritual authenticity and nationalism in transnational Sufism', Religions, Nations, and Transnationalism in Multiple Modernities, Palgrave 9781137592385.
  • Milani, M. (2017), 'Ali Shariati', The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory, Wiley-Blackwell 9781118430866.
  • Milani, M. (2017), 'The cultural Muslim, secularization and the academic study of Islam', Religious Encounters in Transcultural Society: Collision, Alteration, and Transmission, Lexington Books 9781498569187.
  • Milani, M. (2017), 'Sufi politics in the contemporary West : the role and definition of Sufism in the works of Javad Nurbakhsh (1926-2008)', Sufism, Pluralism, and Democracy, Equinox 9781781792209.
  • Milani, M. (2015), 'Sufism and the challenge of modernity in the twenty-first century', Sufism and Social Integration: Connecting Hearts, Crossing Boundaries, ABC International Group 9781567444322.
  • Milani, M. (2013), 'The subtle body in sufism', Religion and the Subtle Body in Asia and the West : Between Mind and Body, Routledge 9780415608114.
  • Milani, M. (2012), 'The cultural products of global Sufism', Handbook of New Religions and Cultural Production, Brill 9789004221871.
  • Milani, M. (2012), 'The cultural repository of Persian Sufism : medieval chivalry and mysticism in Iran', Intercultural Exchange in the Early Medieval Mediterranean, Continuum 9781441139085.
  • Milani, M. (2006), 'Mystical experience and its critique of pure reason in the spiritual epistemology of Suhrawardi and Rumi', Through a Glass Darkly : Reflections on the Sacred : Collected Research, Sydney University Press 9781920898540.
  • Milani, M. (2005), 'Cyclical history, gnosis, and memory : a study in the role and significance of mystical poetry as a medium of popular culture for Persian Sufism', The Buddha of Suburbia: Proceedings of the Eighth Australian and International Religion, Literature and the Arts Conference 2004, RLA Press 1864877529.

Journal Articles

  • Milani, M. and Taheri, Z. (2021), 'An inquiry into the nature of the female mystic and the divine feminine in Sufi experience', Religions, vol 12, no 8 .
  • Milani, M. and Adrahtas, V. (2020), 'Modern thinking in Islam : a study of religion and ideas in Muslim thought', Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, vol 33, no 2 , pp 113 - 118.
  • Milani, M. (2020), 'Shahab Ahmed and the hermeneutics of Islam', Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, vol 33, no 2 , pp 185 - 203.
  • Milani, M. (2019), 'Reflections on an academic pursuit of religion', Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, vol 32, no 2-3 , pp 182 - 195.
  • Milani, M. and Adrahtas, V. (2018), 'Modern talking : Sufi socio-political discourse', Journal of Religious and Political Practice, vol 4, no 2 , pp 175 - 194.
  • Milani, M. and Cottle, D. (2018), 'Quest for justice : Islamism, social justice, and civility in Islamic history', Journal of Religious and Political Practice, vol 4, no 3 , pp 368 - 388.
  • Milani, M. and Possamai, A. (2016), 'Sufism, spirituality and consumerism : the case study of the Nimatullahiya and Naqshbandiya Sufi orders in Australia', Contemporary Islam, vol 10, no 1 , pp 67 - 85.
  • Milani, M. (2016), 'Metaphysics of love in Sufi writings', Eremos: Exploring Spirituality in Australia, vol 2016 , pp 13 - 17.
  • Milani, M. (2016), 'William Gervase Clarence-Smith : Islam and the Abolition of Slavery', Journal of Religious History, vol 40, no 2 , pp 284 - 285.
  • Milani, M. and Possamai, A. (2013), 'The Nimatullahiya and Naqshbandiya Sufi orders on the Internet : the cyber-construction of tradition and the McDonaldisation of spirituality', Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, vol 26, no 1 , pp 51 - 75.
  • Milani, M. (2013), 'Umar Khayyam : a paradigm of the secular and religious', Threskeiologia: Hiera/Vevela = Studies in Religion: Sacred/Profane, vol 8, no 9 , pp 50 - 78.
  • Milani, M. (2011), 'Representations of Jesus in Islamic mysticism : defining the 'Sufi Jesus'', Literature and Aesthetics, vol 21, no 2 , pp 45 - 64.

Conference Papers

  • Milani, M. (2019), 'Shahab Ahmed and the hermeneutics of Islam', Religion and Ideas Roundtable, Parramatta, N.S.W..
  • Milani, M. (2018), 'Indefinable mysticism : Sufism in the Persian cultural style', Iranica Conference, Sydney, N.S.W..
  • Milani, M. (2018), 'Some remarks on Islamism, social justice, and civility in Islamic history', Studies in Religion Seminar Series , University of Sydney.
  • Milani, M. (2012), 'The question of multiple modernities in Islam : examining methodology and approach to Islamic studies', Australian Association for the Study of Religion. Conference, Parramatta, N.S.W..
  • Milani, M. and Possamai, A. (2011), 'The changing face of Sufi orders : the neo-Sufi aspects of two traditional orders in Australia : Nimatullahiya and Naqshbandiya', Sufism for a New Age, Bankstown, N.S.W..

Currently working on:

  • Islam and Hermeneutics (the hermenuetic impasse)
  • Sufism and Existentialism (the crisis of self)
  • Muslim World Classics (the forgetfulness of the origin of Islam)

Early Career Researcher Award 2016:

TItle: Sufism: religious pluralism and the alternative narrative in Islam (oral history of Sufi groups and organisations in Australia).

Chief Resaercher: Milad Milani

Supporting Institution: School of Humanities and Communication Arts

Project Code: 20111. 87611

Publication Output: 1 book and 1 peer reviewed journal article – Sufi Political Thought (Routledge 2017) and Journal of Religious and Political Practice (2018)

Research Pilot Study 2011-2013:

Title: Belief Systems of Sufi Groups in Australia (historical and sociologial analysis of traditional Sufi groups in Australia)

Researchers: Adam Possamai and Milad Milani

Supporting Institution: Religion and Society Research Centre, School of Social Sciences and Psychology

Publication Output: 2 peer reviewed journal articles with Journal for the Academic Study of Religion (2013) and Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life (2016) 

This information has been contributed by Doctor Milani.

Supervision

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: The Balkans Unplugged (1991-2008): Serbia, Geopolitics, and the Ideal of a Russian "New Byzantium"
Field of Research: Political Science; History; Religious Studies
Thesis Title: Gender Sufism: An Anthropological Study on Sufi Women within Sufi Orders in Indonesia
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Continuity and Change within the Persian-Sufi tradition in later Timurid Iran: a study of Shamsudd?n L?h?j? and his Commentary upon the Gulshan e-R?z
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: RESPECTING DIVERSITY AND CULTIVATING A RECOGNITION OF OUR INTERDEPENDENCE: CHAPLAINCY IN AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Soul of the Sub-Continent: Islamic religiosity through the poetry of Bulleh Sha
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The Bureaucracy and Standardisation of Non-obligatory Pilgrimage (UMRA) and Personal Piety among Muslims in Indonesia.
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Searching for Origins: Joseph Smith and the Church of Christ
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Politics, Poetry and Pluralism: Bulleh Shah in the Late Mughal Empire
Field of Research: Studies In Human Society Not Elsewhere Classified
Thesis Title: The Emergence and Development of the Shi'ite Hadith Canon
Field of Research: Society And Culture Not Elsewhere Classified

Media

Title: Why Pope Francis???s historic trip to Iraq was a mission of peace over politic
Description: The Conversation
Title: How medieval mystics shape faith today
Description: God Forbid with James Carlton on RN
Title: Indefinable Mysticism: Sufism in the Persian Cultural Style
Description: Iranica Conference 2018: Mirrors of Iran
Title: Persianate Sufism: The Sufism of Dr Javad Nurbakhsh
Description: Australian Psychological Society
Title: Abbott calls for Islamic reformation
Description: Sky News Reporting Live
Title: Terror attacks spark debate about Islam
Description: Sky News Reporting Live
Title: An Islamic reformation is not the solution to stop extremism
Description: The Conversation
Title: Hearts and Minds: How (Not) to Oppose Radicalisation
Description: ABC Religion & Ethics
Title: Islam: Does it fit into the modern world or do non-Muslims struggle to comprehend it?
Description: RN Counterpoint
Title: Islam: the Open Civilisation confounds closed minds
Description: The Conversation
Title: Muslims need to counter violent jihadists' claim to represent Islam
Description: The Conversation
Title: Universal Love: The case for a Psychology of Love in Sufism
Description: Australian Psychological Society
Title: Ramadan, religion and violence
Description: Sky News Interview with Stan Grant 30 June 2015
Title: Influence of Religion on Politics
Description: 2ser Radio Sydney
Title: Extremist Jihadist A Credible View?
Description: Sky News Interview with Stan Grant 3 June 2015
Title: The Study of Sufism
Description: UWS Research Seminar
Title: Islam, actually
Description: Allied Media
Title: Sufism
Description: The Religious Studies Project
Title: The trouble with Islam: learning is the traditional and best remedy
Description: The Conversation
Title: Islam and the West: What Really Separates Them?
Description: ABC Religion & Ethics
Title: All of Islam isn t intolerant, nor did the West always accept blasphemy
Description: The Conversation
Title: Sydney Siege & Islam
Description: 2CH Radio
Title: Islam, Actually: Telling the Truth about Religion and Violence in the Wake of the Sydney Siege
Description: ABC Religion & Ethics
Title: The truth about whether Islam is a religion of violence or peace
Description: The Conversation
Title: Cultural Muslims, like cultural Christians, are a silent majority
Description: The Conversation

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