Prof. dr. Asghar Seyed-Gohrab

Islam and Arabic
Religious Studies

At the moment, I am running the ERC Advanced Project Beyond Sharia: The Role of Sufism in Shaping Islam which examines the emergence, flourishing and lasting appeal of non-conformist movements in Islamic intellectual history from the tenth century to the present day, investigating how Islamic antinomian movements consolidated Islam in a vast region from the Balkans to Bengal, while offering methods of self-reflection that allowed for critical thinking within Islamic streams of thought. By examining how generations of Islamic mystics and intellectuals in the Persianate world challenged, redefined or rejected Islamic canonical law in their poetic, artistic, philosophical and political writings and teachings, this project generates significant new insights into transgression in Islam.

For more details, please see the website of the project: