Published: Jan. 29, 2024

Two-part series: February 4 & 11, 2024 

Feburary 11, 9:30-10:30am

Dr. Ali will discuss some of the core themes of Islamic mysticism, including the quest for certitude, “sainthood,” the unity of being, and whether personal certitude is a sufficient justification for action. He will also present examples of literary and musical expressions of mystical beliefs.

About Aun Hasan Ali

Aun Hasan Ali is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at CU Boulder. He received his PhD from McGill University’s Institute of Islamic Studies. His research centers on Islamic intellectual history and he is the author of two forthcoming books: The School of Hillah and the Emergence of Twelver Shiism: Social Networks and the Concept of Tradition and Why Hadith Matter: The Evidentiary Value of Hadith in Imami Law (7th/13th to 11th/17th Centuries) (co-authored with Hassan Ansari). His recent publications include: “The Canonization of Nahj al-Balaghah between Hillah and Najaf: al-Sistani and the Iconic Authority of the Maraji,” “The Rational Turn in Imamism Revisited,” and “Some Notes on the History of the Categorization of Imami Hadith.” In addition to intellectual history, Ali maintains an interest in Urdu and Persian literature. Occasionally, he publishes short commentaries on the website Qirtas-o-Qalam (

More information on these sessions and directions to Trinity United Methodist Church can be found on their events webpage