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Cyrus A. Zargar

Associate Professor of Religion

Cyrus Ali Zargar completed a doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley, in Near Eastern Studies in 2008. That year Dr. Zargar joined the religion department of Augustana College. Here he has enjoyed the opportunity to teach, serve as an advisor to Muslim students, and continue his research on topics of interest, especially Sufi literature. His book, Sufi Aesthetics: Beauty, Love, and the Human Form in Ibn 'Arabi and 'Iraqi, was published in 2011 by the University of South Carolina Press.

Dr. Zargar's research interests focus on the literature of medieval Sufism in Arabic and Persian. The poetic expression of mystical experiences, especially in the form of love poetry, occupies most of his attention, but he is also interested in Sufi ethical treatises, the writings of Ibn al-‘Arabi and early adherents to his worldview, Safavid Shii mysticism, and satire in medieval and modern literature.  He is the author of articles in The Muslim WorldThe Journal of Arabic Literature and Encyclopedia Iranica.

Specializations: Islam, Sufism, Persian literature, Interfaith dialogue, Middle East, Life


  • B.A., University of California-Los Angeles
  • M.A., Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley