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Cyrus Ali Zargar

Al-Ghazali Distinguished Professor of Islamic Studies (University of Central Florida)

Degrees:PhD (University of California, Berkeley)

Dr. Cyrus Ali Zargar is Al-Ghazali Distinguished Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Central Florida. Zargar’s research interests focus on the literature of medieval Sufism in Arabic and Persian. This includes metaphysical, aesthetic, and ethical intersections between Sufism and Islamic philosophy. His first book, Sufi Aesthetics: Beauty, Love, and the Human Form in Ibn ʿArabi and ʿIraqi, was published in 2011 by the University of South Carolina Press. His most recent book, The Polished Mirror: Storytelling and the Pursuit of Virtue in Islamic Philosophy and Sufism, was published in 2017 by Oneworld Press. His forthcoming book, Religion of Love: Sufism and Self-Transformation in the Poetic Imagination of ʿAṭṭār, will be out with the Islamic Texts Society in 2022. He has also published in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Iranian Studies, The Muslim World, and the Journal of Religion & Film, among other venues.