March 13, 2019 Special Seminar on” Sufism and Yoga” by Professors Carl Ernst, Fabrizio Speziale and Somdev Vasudeva was held

[Date and Venue]

Date: 15:00-18:00 on 13th March, 2019

Speaker: Carl ERNST(University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill),

Title: “Poetry, scripted meditation, and creation narrative : Sufi additions to the yoga practices in The Ocean of Life.”

Speaker: Fabrizio SPEZIALE(the School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS), Center for South Asian Studies, Paris)

Title: “Yogis, Persianate alchemy and medicine in South Asia”

Speaker: Somdev VASUDEVA (Kyoto University)

Title: “Systems of Wheels (cakra), Lotuses (padma) and Circles (maṇḍalas) in Esoteric Śaiva and Śākta Yoga”

Venue: Research Building No. 2, 4th Floor, Meeting Room (AA447)

Language: English

This seminar was held under the auspices of

Middle East and Islamic Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (MEIS);Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies, Kyoto University (KR) ; Center for Islamic Area Studies, Kyoto University (KIAS) ; National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU) Area Studies Project for the Modern Middle East at Kyoto University ; Center for Islamic Studies at Sophia University(SIAS); National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU) Area Studies Project for the Modern Middle East at Sophia University ; Center for South Asian Studies, Kyoto University(KINDAS) ; Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) “Structural Comprehension of Islamic Mysticism: Investigation into Sufism, Tariqa, Saint Cults Complex” (JSPS, Kyoto University) and Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) “Anthropological Studies on Veneration of Saints and Holy Relics in the Mediterranean World” (JSPS, Sophia University).