Alireza Doostdar, University of Chicago

Assistant Professor Chicago, Illinois doostdar@uchicago.edu Office: (773) 702-8227

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Alireza Doostdar teaches courses on social theory, modern Islam, and Iranian politics and history. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. His first book, forthcoming with Princeton University Press, is titled “The Iranian Metaphysicals: Explorati...

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Bio/Research

Alireza Doostdar teaches courses on social theory, modern Islam, and Iranian politics and history. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. His first book, forthcoming with Princeton University Press, is titled “The Iranian Metaphysicals: Explorations in Science, Islam, and the Uncanny.” The book examines the rationalization of the supernatural “unseen” since the early twentieth century through scientization and campaigns against superstition. It argues that rather than diminishing the domain of the Islamic unseen, these practices have expanded and transformed it by making it commensurable with a range of modern Western esoteric knowledges and practices – including Spiritist séances and New Age therapeutic spirituality. Doostdar's other interests include Islamic spiritual cinema and the decades-old project of Islamizing the social sciences in Iran.

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