Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Berliner Institut für Islamische Theologie

Dr. Eyad Abuali

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PostDoc fellow
in the junior research group “Perspektiven religiöser Vielfalt in der islamischen Theologie”


Eyad Abuali received his doctoral degree in Middle Eastern studies from SOAS University of London. He was part of the European Research Council funded SENSIS project at Utrecht University from 2017 to 2020, examining the cultural history of the senses in the Muslim world. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at The Berlin Institute of Islamic Theology at Humboldt University. His work examines the intellectual, cultural, and societal realties of medieval Sufism with a focus on the history of the senses and emotions. His current research project analyses the history of emotions in the Sufi traditions of medieval Iran, Central Asia, and the Middle East.



"“I tasted sweetness, and I tasted affliction”: pleasure, pain, and body in medieval Sufi food practices", The Senses and Society 17:1, (2022), 52-67.

“Visualising the Soul: Diagrams and the Subtle Body (Jism laṭif) in Shams al-Dīn al-Daylamī’s The Mirror of Souls (Mirʿāt al-arwāḥ).” Critical Research on Religion (Special Issue 2021): 1-18.

“Clothing and Investiture in Medieval Sufism.” In Routledge Handbook of Sufism, edited by Lloyd Ridgeon, (Routledge: New York, 2021): 316-330.

“Dreams and Visions as Diagnosis in Medieval Sufism: The Emergence of Kubrawī Oneirology.” Journal of Sufi Studies 8, (2020): 1-29.

“Words Clothed in Light: Dhikr (Recollection), Colour and Synaesthesia in Early Kubrawī Sufism.” Iran, (2019) DOI: 10.1080/05786967.2019.1583046

“Majd al-Dīn al-Baghdādī.” Encyclopaedia of Islam, Three, 2019.