The first edition of the Winter School “Foundations of Islamic Spirituality”, organized by the association Perennia Verba (Parma, IT) in collaboration with the Istituto per l’Oriente Carlo Alfonso Nallino (Rome, IT), the Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (IT), the Officina di Studi Medievali (Palermo, IT), the Instituto di Scienze dell’Uomo (Rimini, IT) and the Tijani Zawiya in Tamacine, in the heart of the Algerian desert, where the School will be hosted. The aim of the school is to bring together senior scholars and young researchers in order to analyze the basic tenets of taṣawwuf and contextualize new issues coming from later developments in Islamic spirituality. The choice of a traditional Islamic milieu as a location for the school has been made with this very perspective in mind.

The topic chosen for the present year will be Early Sufism between Baghdad and Khorasan and Later Developments in taṣawwuf. The activities of the school will explore the foundations of core ideas and fundamental principles in Islamic Spirituality, as originally conceived within the schools of Baghdad and Khorasan, and their relevance for the understanding of subsequent conceptual developments throughout the history of Sufism. There will be three kinds of activities:

• Frontal lectures on the key topics of this year’s edition;

• Workshops based on readings and discussions of primary sources on different aspects of early Sufism. A selection of these texts will be forwarded to the participants in due time.

• Presentations and discussions of students’ research projects.


Organisateurs :

  • the association Perennia Verba (Parma, IT);
  • the Tijani Zawiya in Tamacine (DZ);
  • the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (IT);
  • the Istituto per l’Oriente Carlo Alfonso Nallino (Rome, IT);
  • the Officina di Studi Medievali (Palermo, IT).

Dates : 8 au 15 Janvier 2018




  • Eric Geoffroy
    Eric Geoffroy
    Islamologue et spécialiste du soufisme

    Expert dans la pensée et la spiritualité islamiques, il enseigne l’islamologie à l’Université de Strasbourg,
    et dans d’autres centres (dont l’Université catholique de Louvain – emridNetwork). Il est membre de l’Académie Arabe du Caire.
    Spécialiste du Soufisme, il travaille aussi sur les enjeux de la spiritualité dans le monde contemporain
    (la mondialisation, l’écologie).
    Il est membre de plusieurs groupes de recherches internationaux, tels que Kalam, Research & Medias (KRM),
    et intervient comme conseiller scientifique et éditorial sur l’islam (Fondapol, Les cahiers de l’Islam, Religions-Adyan…).
    Il est chroniqueur dans la revue Ultreïa, et écrit régulièrement dans Le Monde des Religions.


08 Jan 2018 - 15 Jan 2018


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