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Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies, Western Sydney University

Dr Milad Milani is is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at Western Sydney University, specialising in Sufism and Islamic history. Dr Milani received his PhD from the University of Sydney. Dr Milani’s research broadly seeks to define, compare, and interpret religion, utilising a systematic, historically based, and cross-cultural perspectives method. Dr Milani is an internationally published academic and has published two books: Sufism in the Secret History of Persia (Abingdon: Routledge 2013, Gnostica Series) and Sufi Political Thought (Abingdon: Routledge 2018, Religion in Asia Series), and has a third book forthcoming, entitled The Nature of Sufism. He has also co-edited a book entitled: Islam, Civility and Political Culture (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan 2020). In addition, Dr Milani has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in his field of study as well as a number opinion pieces on platforms such as The Conversation.


  • –present
    Senior lecturer, Western Sydney University


  • 2009 
    The University of Sydney, PhD


  • 2015
    'Sufism, spirituality and consumerism: the case study of the Nimatullahiya and Naqshbandiya Sufi orders in Australia', Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life
  • 2013
    Sufism in the Secret History Persia, Routledge
  • 2013
    'The Nimatullahiya and Naqshbandiya Sufi orders on the Internet : the cyber-construction of tradition and the McDonaldisation of spirituality', Journal for the Academic Study of Religion
  • 2011
    'Representations of Jesus in Islamic mysticism', Literature and Aesthetics

Research Areas

  • Religion And Religious Studies (2204)
  • Islamic Studies (220403)
  • Studies In Human Society Not Elsewhere Classified (169999)