Alireza Doostdar

Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies and the Anthropology of Religion; also in the College

 

 

PhD (Harvard University)

Alireza Doostdar teaches courses on social theory, modern Islam, and Iranian politics and history. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. His first book, forthcoming with Princeton University Press, is titled “The Iranian Metaphysicals: Explorations in Science, Islam, and the Uncanny.” The book examines the rationalization of the supernatural “unseen” since the early twentieth century through scientization and campaigns against superstition. It argues that rather than diminishing the domain of the Islamic unseen, these practices have expanded and transformed it by making it commensurable with a range of modern Western esoteric knowledges and practices – including Spiritist séances and New Age therapeutic spirituality. Doostdar's other interests include Islamic spiritual cinema and the decades-old project of Islamizing the social sciences in Iran.

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Current and Upcoming Courses

Anthropology and Sociology of Religion

AASR 52808 Sovereignty, Intimacy and the Body

AASR 41004 Shi'ism and Modernity

AASR 42514 Witchcraft

AASR 42802 Ethnographies of the Muslim World

AASR 43005 Is Modernity Disenchanted?

History of Judaism

HIJD 44612 The Occult in the Islamic World

History of Religions

HREL 42514 Witchcraft

HREL 44612 The Occult in the Islamic World

HREL 52808 Sovereignty, Intimacy and the Body

Islamic Studies

ISLM 41004 Shi'ism and Modernity

ISLM 42802 Ethnographies of the Muslim World

ISLM 44612 The Occult in the Islamic World