Doctor Milad Milani

Doctor Milad Milani

Lecturer,
Arts (SoHCA)

Lecturer,
Arts (SoHCA)

Biography

Dr Milad Milani is Lecturer in the study of religion at Western Sydney University, specialising in Sufism and Islamic history. He convenes units of study in the Islamic Studies and the History, International Studies and Politics (HISP) majors in the University’s School of Humanities and Communication Arts, and is a Member of the Religion and Society Research Cluster (RSRC). Dr Milani received his doctorate in the multi-disciplinary field of religious studies from the University of Sydney, where he also received First Class Honours and secured the Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship.

Dr Milani’s research broadly seeks to define, compare, and interpret religion, utilising a systematic, historically based, and cross-cultural perspectives method. As such, he has cross-disciplinary concentration integrating, for example, Hodgson’s conscience and history, Foucault’s archaeology of knowledge, Bourdieu’s Theory of Practice, and Heidegger’s hermeneutical phenomenology as working theories in his publications. His research pays special attention to the juncture of religion, culture, society and politics, and how this impacts on living traditions such as Islam in the West and reading Islamic history in modernity. Dr Milani has specific interest in specialised readings of philosophy of history and historiography in relation to how the past is understood in the present time.

His recent research projects include: Sufi belief systems, organisations, and history in Australia (Pilot Study in conjunction with Professor Adam Possamai, RSRC); Sufism, religious pluralism and the alternative narrative in Islam (ECR internal grant, HCA); the category of cultural Muslims; and approaches to the study of Islam.

Dr Milani is an internationally published academic. He has two books, entitled Sufism in the Secret History of Persia (London: Routledge 2013, Gnostica Series) and Sufi Political Thought (London: Routledge 2017, Religion in Asia Series). The first, with a forward by Professor Garry W. Trompf (USyd), examined Sufism as cultural catalyst for localised religious identities; the latest, with a forward by Professor Bryan S. Turner (ACU), details the activity of Sufism as a socio-political force exploring the underlying tension between Sufi agency and Islamic structure. For a full list of Dr Milani’s publications please visit the Research Direct site.

Dr Milani is regularly called upon to comment on Islam in media and politics in national broadcast services, and is regularly invited to speak at schools and community organisations. Dr Milani is a Member of the Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS), and is Communications Officer for the Australian Association for the Study of Religion (AASR), a member association of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR).

 

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Qualifications

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

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (2017 - 2017)
  • Religion and Society Research Centre (2013)
  • The Australian Association for the Study of Religion (2014)
  • The International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) (2015)
  • Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Religion, Politics and Society (2011)

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
  • Contemporary Religion and Society
  • Historiography
  • History of Ideas in World Religion
  • History of Political Thought
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Interreligious Relations
  • Iran and the Persianate World
  • Islam and the West / Modernity
  • Islam in the Media
  • Islam in the Modern World
  • Islamic Typologies
  • Philosophy of History
  • Religion and Politics
  • Sufism

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Arts (SoHCA)
  • Arts (SoHCA)

Committees

  • First Year Committee
  • Australian Association for the Study of Religion
  • Summer Session

Contact

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

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101462 Understanding Islam and Muslim Societies, 2015
  • 101462 Understanding Islam and Muslim Societies, 2016
  • 101462 Understanding Islam and Muslim Societies, 2017
  • 101910 Global History, 2014
  • 102184 History of Muslim Civilisations and Ideas, 2015
  • 102184 History of Muslim Civilisations and Ideas, 2016
  • 102296 Hadith: The Prophetic Tradition, 2016
  • 102296 Hadith: The Prophetic Tradition, 2017
  • 102494 Conceptualising Islam, 2017
  • 102495 Mystical Islam: The Emergence of Sufism in World History, 2017

Publications

Books

  • 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. (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 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: Dynamics of Muslim Life, 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. (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. (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..

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: A Diegetical Perspective on Iran's War Experience: Neglected Oral, Literary and Media Narratives
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Gender Sufism: An Anthropological Study on Sufi Women within Sufi Orders in Indonesia
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The Wind Will Take Us Away: Study of Poetical Visualization in Circumvention of Censorship in Iranian Contemporary Cinema
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The Development of Sufism in China after 1979
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Eqyptian Secularism vs. Salafism in the Arab Spring Aftermath
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Clash of Cultures: Happiness and Migration of the Iranian Diaspora in Australia
Field of Research:

Media

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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