Sufism, Anthropology, and the Post-Secular Condition in Berlin
Awards and Scholarships
Research and Teaching Interests
South Asia (Bangladesh) and Western Europe (Germany and the Netherlands)
Working title: Sufism, Anthropology and the Post-secular Condition in Berlin
What is Sufism? How is Sufism practiced and experienced in Berlin and connected sites? Bringing together two traditions of inquiry – Sufism (taṣawwuf) and Anthropology – I make sense of a set of contemporary enactments of Sufism in practice and experience. The “post-secular” is a provisional diagnosis of the contemporary condition, an organizing principle for the empirical reality and an analytical stance to hold together the multiple entanglements of Sufism: in invoking other kinds of past and ‘minority history’ exceeding the majority history narrative of the secularized German society; in imagining and opening up subtle bodies and metaphysical hearts towards transforming the self and social relations trespassing the limits of a materialist, secular body; in healing the problems of living and chronic health conditions beyond the confines of evidence-based biomedicine; in the seeking of an elusive ‘something else’ than secularist subjectivity; and, in the efforts to engage in affirmative action that do not necessarily fit certain secularized notions of politics. This dissertation is an effort to articulate Sufi practice and experience in the German capital, at the heart of one of the richest nation-states with its hidden structures of inequality as well as the conditions of possibilities it affords. Although Sufism makes a different set of demands than academic anthropology, both disciplines enable us to talk back to a growing fear of Islam, the ever-shrinking space for alternatives and the trivialization of the post-secular imagination in Berlin.
Research Skills and Experience
Academic blog articles
2017 with Kristina Dohrn, Britta Rutert, Judith Schühle, and Mechthild von Vacano. Weaving the World in Conversation with Paul Stoller: From Sensuous Scholarship to Public Anthropology. In: Medizinethnologie. Körper, Gesundheit und Heilung in einer globalisierten Welt. April edition.
Chapters in edited volumes
Articles in peer-reviewed journals
Selected Papers and Presentations in Academic Conferences/Workshops/Meetings