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Lecturer, history and political thought, Islamic studies, Western Sydney University

Dr Milad Milani is a researcher and lecturer of religion at Western Sydney University, Australia. He is also a Member of the Religion and Society Research Cluster, and convenes units of study in the History and Political Thought and Islamic Studies majors in the University’s School of Humanities and Communication Arts. Dr Milani’s doctorate was conferred in 2009 by The University of Sydney, Australia. Formally trained in the multi-disciplinary field of religious studies, he is interested in the study of religious beliefs, behaviours, and institutions. Dr Milani’s research broadly seeks to define, compare, and interpret religion, utilising a systematic, historically based, and cross-cultural perspectives method. He is currently researching Sufi belief systems, organisations, and history in Australia. His research pays special attention to the juncture of religion, culture, society and politics, and how this impacts on living traditions such as Islam in the West and reading Islamic history in modernity. Dr Milani is an internationally published academic, and is regularly called upon to comment on Islam in media and politics in national broadcast services. He is also Communications Officer for the Australian Association for the Study of Religion, a member association of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) dedicated to the academic study of religion. Dr Milani has a book titled Sufism in the Secret History of Persia (London: Routledge 2013) and also has a forthcoming manuscript with Routledge, Sufi Political Thought (scheduled 2017).


  • –present
    Associate lecturer, University of Western Sydney
  • 2016–present
    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)