SENSIS: The senses of Islam


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Bursi, Adam. “A Holy Heretical Body: Ṭalḥa b. ʿUbayd Allāh’s Corpse and Early Islamic Sectarianism.” Studies in Late Antiquity 2:2 (2018): 147–179. (Link)


Adam Bursi. “Connecting the Dots: Diacritics, Scribal Culture, and the Qurʾān in the First/Seventh Century.” Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association 3 (2018): 111–157. (Link)


Abuali, Eyad. “Words Clothed in Light: Dhikr (Recollection), Colour and Synaesthesia in Early Kubrawi Sufism.” Iran (2019): 1-14. (Link)


Bursi, Adam. “Smelling Sacred Spaces: Pilgrimage Practices and Olfactory Experiences in Early Islam.” Utrecht Religie Forum. 11/4/2019. (blog post)


Ghajarjazi, Arash. “The Iranian Metaphysicals: Explorations in Science, Islam, and the Uncanny.” Journal of Iranian Studies. (2019): 1-6. (book review)


Ghajarjazi, Arash. “The mutilated packed-up body of modern anatomy in 19th-century Iran.” Utrecht Religie Forum. 01/4/2019. (blog post)


Lange, Christian. “Het islamitische recht digitaal bekeken.” in Joas Wagemakers & Lucien van Liere (Eds.), Wie is er bang voor religie? Waarom kennis van religie belangrijk is. Almere: Uitgeverij Parthenon (2019): 188-194. (Link)


Lange, Christian. “Beards of Paradise.” in  Barbe et barbus – Symboliques, rites et pratiques du port de la barbe dans le Proche-Orient ancien et moderne. Berlin: Peter Lang Verlag (2019): 119-129. (Link)


Lange, Christian. “Torture and Public Executions in the Islamic Middle Period (Eleventh–Fifteenth Centuries).” In M. Gordon, R. Kaeuper, & H. Zurndorfer (Eds.), The Cambridge World History of Violence (The Cambridge World History of Violence). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2020): 164-184. (Link)


Abuali, Eyad. “Dreams and Visions as Diagnosis in Medieval Sufism: The Emergence of Kubrawī Oneirology.” Journal of Sufi Studies 8.1 (2020): 1-29.


Ghajarjazi, Arash. “The Facial Crisis of Shiite Iran.” Religious Matters: in an entangled world. 07/04/2020. (Blog post).


Lange Christian. “Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind: Light and luminous being in Islamic theology.” Critical Research on Religion. January 2021. (link)


Abuali, Eyad. “Clothing and Investiture in Medieval Sufism”, Lloyd Ridgeon (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Sufism (New York: Routledge, 2021), pp. 316-3.


Abuali, Eyad. “Visualizing the soul: Diagrams and the subtle body of light (jism laṭīf) in Shams al-Dīn al-Daylamī’s The Mirror of Souls (Mirʿāt al-arwāḥ)”, Critical Research on Religion. May 2021.


Christian Lange, with J. van der Zwaan et al., “Text Mining Islamic Law”, Islamic Law and Society 28.3 (2021), 234-81.



Christian Lange, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: Light and Luminous Being in Islamic Theology”, Critical Research on Religion 9 (2021), 1-15.


Christian Lange, “Introduction: The sensory history of the Islamic world”, The Senses and Society, 17.1 (2022), 1-7. Link.


Adam Bursi , “You were not commanded to stroke it, but to pray nearby it: debating touch within early Islamic pilgrimage”, The Senses and Society, 17.1 (2022), 8-21. Link.


Christian Lange, “Al-Jāḥiẓ on the senses: sensory moderation and Muslim synesthesia”, The Senses and Society, 17.1 (2022), 22-36. Link.


Eyad Abuali, “I tasted sweetness, and I tasted affliction: pleasure, pain, and body in medieval Sufi food practices”, The Senses and Society, 17.1 (2022), 52-67. Link.


Simon Leese, “Connoisseurs of the senses: tobacco smoking, poetic pleasures, and homoerotic masculinity in Ottoman Damascus”, The Senses and Society, 17.1 (2022), 90-108. Link.


Arash Ghajarjazi, “The senses of cholera: transformations of gustation and olfaction in 19th-century Iran”, The Senses and Society, 17.1 (2022), 109-126. Link.

Arash Ghajarjazi, Irrationalities in Islam and Media in 19th-Century Iran. Leiden: Leiden University Press, 2022. (link)