Amin Ghodratzadeh is PhD candidate for the ERC Advanced Grant Beyond Sharia: The Role of Sufism in Shaping Islam, focusing on the project Wise Fools and the Interrogation of God. He obtained his Research MA in Middle Eastern Studies at Leiden University, specializing in the Persian-speaking world. In his thesis, he examined Mohammad-Taqi Bahār’s (1886-1951) poetry, addressing Great Britain’s occupation of Iran, Afghanistan, and India. From 2010 to 2014, Amin served as a student-assistant and library cataloger. From 2016 to 2018, he taught Persian at both Leiden University and Leiden University Campus in The Hague for students of International Studies. In addition to his academic career, Amin served as an intern at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Leiden municipality, exercising his other expertise which lies in International Relations. He has a special interest in Islamic mystical philosophy, Persian poetry, and philosophical treaties.
Within the ERC project, Amin will study the phenomenon of the “wise-fools” as a possible forerunner of qalandar mystics between the 9th and 12th century. In order to understand the development of the phenomenon of the “wise-fools”, Amin will study a wide genre of texts, ranging from literary sources to philosophical, ethical and religious books.