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Beyond Sharia: Zhinia Noorian on the Role of Women in Sufism [Video]

Beyond Sharia: Zhinia Noorian on the Role of Women in Sufism

Dr. Zhinia Noorian is a postdoctoral fellow for the ERC-Advanced Grant Beyond Sharia: The Role of Sufism in Shaping Islam, (the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant agreement No. 101020403) led by Professor Asghar Seyed-Gohrab. In her postdoc research, Zhinia examines femininity and the feminisation of the masculine in Islamic mysticism, focusing in particular on the non-normative gender acts of Sufi saints known as qalandars.

In this video, Zhinia elaborates upon her research and highlights that the contribution of women to Islamic mysticism is often neglected. She addresses questions such as: how do male mystics use femininity to express a mystical concept? In what way were women depicted and how did female mystics write about the same concepts as male mystics?

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