I am pleased to announce the second edition of the Summer School “Studies in Sufism”, organized by the association Perennia Verba (Parma, IT) in collaboration with the Scuola di Lingua italiana per Stranieri/ Dipartimento di Scienze Umanistiche/University of Palermo (IT), the Officina di Studi Medievali (Palermo, IT), the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (IT), the Istituto per l’Oriente Carlo Alfonso Nallino (Rome, IT), and the Istituto di Scienze dell’Uomo (Rimini, IT), that this year will take place in Palermo on the Italian island of Sicily.
The aim of this second edition of the Summer School “Studies in Sufism” is to bring together a group of senior scholars, emerging researchers and postgraduate students working on Islamic thought, for a set of lectures, conversations and reading sessions on the theme of the Muhammadan Light (al-Nūr al-Muḥammadī) and the Muhammadan Reality (al-Ḥaqīqa al-Muḥammadiyya) in the history of Sufi thought and practices. Lessons will be in English, but as some of the sessions will consist in analyses of original texts, the ability to read classical Arabic is also desirable (it is not a prerequisite for admission to the Summer School though).
This year Summer School will take place, from the 23rd of August to the 2nd of September, in Palermo, in the Italian region of Sicily. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean, the city has always been a crossroads of peoples, cultures, languages, and religions. Capital of the Emirate of Sicily (9th-11th centuries) and simply called al-madīna by its inhabitants, it counted over 300 mosques and numerous Sufi ribats. It was the home of a vibrant Islamic civilization whose influence can be still observed today in its architecture, urban design, agricultural and irrigation system, as well as in the local cuisine and language, and even in some of the cultural habits of its contemporary dwellers. UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2016, Palermo has been awarded with the title of Italian Capital of Culture of the year 2018 and this summer is getting ready for an exciting series of cultural activities and events taking place, day and night, in and around its palaces, museums, galleries, streets, and open-air markets.
For more information and to get the application form please contact me at email@example.com . A website is being prepared and it will be online in the next few days.
Michele Petrone (post-doc, University of Copenhagen)