Wednesday 29 March 2023

2023 ENSIE meeting program

The 2023 ENSIE meeting-in-conjunction with the ESSWE conference will be held at Copenhagen University on June 25, starting at 13:00.  The 2023 ESSWE conference, at which there will be two ENSIE panels, will be at Malmö University, June 26-28, starting at 09:00. There are trains between Copenhagen and Malmö every 12 minutes, and the journey takes 42 minutes. Copenhagen Airport is the best airport for Malmö. Hotels are cheaper in Malmö than Copenhagen.

The panels at the 2023 ENSIE meeting-in-conjunction will be:

Reviving Muḥyiddīn: The contemporary uses of Ibn ʿArabī’s thought and the reinventions of Islam.
  • Hadi Fakhoury (Harvard Divinity School) "Ibn ʿArabī between 'East' and 'West': Tradition, orthodoxy, and the meaning of Islam."
  • Gregory Vandamme (Université catholique de Louvain), "Akbarian Anarchism: The influence of Ibn ʿArabī’s thought in the modern West and the limiting case of Ivan Aguéli."
  • Ricarda Stegmann (​​Université de Fribourg), "Re-spiritualizing the world: Ibn ʿArabī in the thought of Faouzi Skali."
  • Marcia Hermansen (Loyola University Chicago), "Healing with the Divine Names: Western Sufi practices derived from Ibn ʿArabī’s Emanationist Metaphysics."

Spiritism and Esotericism from Nahḍa Egypt to the USSR
  • Mariam Elashmawy (FU Berlin), “Seances, societies, and periodicals: Egyptian spiritism contextualized.”
  • Mattias Gori Olesen (Aarhus University), “Perennial bonds: Esotericism and Egyptian-Indian nationalist solidarity in the early 20th century.”
  • Oleg Yarosh (National Academy of Science of Ukraine), “Entangled Sufism in the Late-Soviet esoteric milieu.”

For joining instructions for the meeting-in-conjunction, contact

The ENSIE panels at the 2023 ESSWE conference will be:

Practical Esotericism in Islam, Ancient and Modern, West and East, and In Between.
  • Liana Saif (University of Amsterdam), “The Astral Craft in the Arabic Pseudo-Aristotelian Hermetica.”
  • Lisa Alexandrin (University of Manitoba), “Sufi Graphology in the Manuscript Traditions of Sa‘d al-Dīn Ḥamūyeh and Sitt ‘Ajam bint al-Nāfis al-Baghdadiyya.”
  • Francesco Piraino (Ca' Foscari University, Venice), “Photography as a Spiritual Practice: The Metaphysical Art of Maïmouna Guerresi.”
  • Ricarda Stegmann (Université de Fribourg), “Transmitting the Untransmittable: Sufi Teaching Practices in Twentieth- and Twenty-first-Century Europe.”

Core Esoteric Practices of the Sufis
  • Simon Stjernholm (Copenhagen University), “Dhikr, the Body and the Senses.”
  • Makhabbad Maltabarova (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena), “Mevlevi Sufi Whirling Practice in the Works of Western Esoteric and Dance Teachers of the Early 20th Century.”
  • Michele Petrone (Università di Napoli "l'Orientale"), “The Multiple Lives of the Verse: Ethiopian Sufi Mawlid between Manuscripts and YouTube.”
  • Mark Sedgwick (Aarhus University), “Esoteric and Exoteric Practice: Sufi Approaches to the Sharia.”

For details of the ESSWE program, see 


Sunday 26 March 2023

Postdoctoral fellowship in Spirituality and the Arts

The Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School invites applications for a one-year paid postdoctoral fellowship in Spirituality and the Arts, in collaboration with the Warburg Institute, the Giorgio Cini Foundation, and the Centre for the History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents at the University of Amsterdam. This is a benefits-eligible position. The candidates will work under the supervision of the Director of the Center, Professor Charles Stang, as part of the Center’s initiative on “Transcendence and Transformation.” 

Application deadline April 7. 2023.  See and

Friday 17 March 2023

Art, Aesthetics and Islamic Mysticism

From Fachbereich Interreligiöser Dialog, Akademie der Diözese Rottenburg-Stuttgart:

During the 20th and 21st centuries, Islamic mysticism, or Sufism, spread extensively throughout Western society. Today’s Sufis, whilst still practicing the traditional arts, also express themselves through plastic and visual arts, performing arts, architecture, music and other forms of artistic conceptualizations.

This conference will focus on the aesthetic engagement of contemporary artists with Sufi practices, rituals, and discourses in the two-day international interdisciplinary online Conference Art, Aesthetics and Islamic Mysticism: Contemporary Perspectives on March 30th - 31st 2023

The Conference will bring together international scholars as well as artists, and will include the screening of two movies, “Light upon Light” und “Wajd Sufi (Sufi Ecstasy)”. The conference language will be English. You can register via our online form here.