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Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies, Western Sydney University

Dr Milad Milani is a Senior Lecturer in religious studies at Western Sydney University. He specialises in the study of Sufism and Islam through a comparative religious studies lens. Dr Milani’s research draws on Heidegger’s hermeneutic phenomenology and more broadly on other thinkers such as Kierkegaard and Nietzsche for analysis, paying special attention to how the history of religion is understood in present-day thinking about religion. A central part of his research concerns the phenomenon of "Persian Sufism" and "Sufi poiesis," with special reference to Attar of Nishapur. He is broadly interested in the ontology of Islam. Dr Milani is an internationally published academic and has authored three books on Sufism: The Nature of Sufism (Routledge 2021), Sufi Political Thought (Routledge 2018), and Sufism in the Secret History of Persia (Routledge 2014). He has one co-edited book: Islam, Civility and Political Culture (Palgrave Mcmillan 2020).


  • –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)