Field of Interest:
Ali-Asghar Seyed-Gohrab is Professor of Persian and Iranian Studies in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Utrecht University. He has published extensively on Persian literature, mysticism, and religion. His publications range from Persian poetry to Sufism, the role of religious and mystical motifs and metaphors in the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988) and how peaceful religious injunctions are used to justify violence. At the moment he is the Principal Investigator (PI) on the ERC-Advanced Grant project titled Beyond Sharia: The Role of Sufism in Shaping Islam, which examines Islamic nonconformist movements.