The Schools “Studies in Sufism”, organized by the association Perennia Verba (Parma, IT) in collaboration with the Istituto per l’Oriente Carlo Alfonso Nallino (Rome, IT), the Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (IT), and the Officina di Studi Medievali (Palermo, IT), aim at bringing together senior scholars, early career researchers, and postgraduate students in Islamic Studies in order to discuss the basic tenets of taṣawwuf and contextualize new issues coming from later developments in Islamic spirituality.
Each edition of the school is dedicated to a specific aspect or key topic in Islamic Spirituality. With the intention of providing the students with the opportunity to approach the fundamental principles of taṣawwuf from an inside perspective, core texts in Sufism are presented according to a methodology that is epistemologically consistent with the Weltanschauung of their authors and of the historical milieu in which they lived.
Teachers are consequently selected among those scholars who not only are endowed with high academic standards but also have the ability to penetrate the original spirit of the sources and to transmit it to students.
The location of the schools varies each year and it is carefully chosen to give
the students the chance, between study sessions, to explore places that are
historically related to their field of specialization and encapsulate different
aspects of the beauty and charm of the Islamic Civilization. For each location the support of a local hosting institution is essential to guarantee the success of the school.
School activities consist in frontal lectures on a particular topic, workshops based on texts, students’ presentations of their current research projects, and visits to relevant sites.
Seminars of the 2020 online edition will take place on Zoom from 24/8 to 6/9 2020.
Paolo Urizzi (Perennia Verba, IT)
Demetrio Giordani (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, IT), Patrizia Spallino (University of Palermo, IT), Andrea Brigaglia (Università di Napoli “l’Orientale”, IT), Michele Petrone (University of Milan, IT), Federico Salvaggio (University of Udine, IT).