Occult Science in the Islamicate worldwithDr Matthew Melvin-Koushki

Islamic occultism, magic, esotericism and witchcraft

Matthew Melvin-Koushki (PhD Yale) is Associate Professor of Islamic History at the University of South Carolina, and founder of its new MA in Magic and Occult Science. He specializes in early modern Islamicate intellectual and imperial history, with a philological focus,on the theory and practice of the occult sciences in Timurid-Safavid Iran and the broader Persianate world to the nineteenth century, and a disciplinary focus on history of science, history of philosophy and history of the book. President of Societas Magica, he is co-editor of the volumes Islamicate Occultism: New Perspectives (2017) and Islamicate Occult Sciences in Theory and Practice (2021), and cofounder of the international working group Islamic Occult Studies on the Rise (IOSOTR), at islamicoccult.org, which showcases the newest work in this now burgeoning interdisciplinary field.


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Emily Selove and my SHWEP interview announcing our new USC and Exeter MAs in Magic and Occult Science:

My academia.edu page:

A short article with a list of some of the Persian grimoires I’m currently working on:

Another short article with a summary and edition of another short Persian grimoire:

Emily Selove on her forthcoming translation of a major Arabic Mongol-era grimoire:

Selected translations from the Bunian Greater Sun of Gnoses:

Noah Gardiner on the Bunian corpus:

Michael Noble on Fakhr-i Razi’s grimoire The Hidden Secret:

On the Persianate geomantic tradition:

On the Latinate geomantic tradition:

Islamic Occult Studies on the Rise (IOSOTR):

Research Network for the Study of Esoteric Practices:

Published on July 3, 2023