Francesco Piraino



Francesco Piraino. 2023.
Le soufisme en Europe: islam, ésotérisme et new Age.
Paris: IRMC-Karthala

Forthcoming translation in 2024, Sufism in Europe. Islam, Esotericism, and the New Age. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Libri Pubblicati

(4) Francesco Piraino, Marco Pasi, e Egil Asprem (eds).
Religious Dimensions of Conspiracy Theories.
London: Routledge.

(3) Claude Proeschel, David Koussens, e Francesco Piraino (eds). 2021.
Religion, Law and the Politics of Ethical Diversity. Conscientious Objection and Contestation of Civil Norms.
London: Routledge.

(2) Mark Sedgwick e Francesco Piraino (eds). 2021.
Esoteric Transfers and Constructions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
London: Palgrave.

(1) Francesco Piraino e Mark Sedgwick. 2019.
Global Sufism: Reconfiguring Narratives, Boundaries and Identities.
London: Hurst


Recensioni Global Sufism:


Special Issues

(1) Matteo Stefanelli and Francesco Piraino. 2023. “Comics and the Invisible“. Mediascapes, vol. 20, no, 2.

Articoli Peer-Reviewed

(13) Francesco Piraino. 2023.
“Spirituality and Comics in Hugo Pratt, Alan Moore, and David B.: Esotericism as Unsettled Knowledge”, Mediascapes, 20(2): 52-77.

(12) Francesco Piraino. 2022.
“‘Islamic Humanism’: Another Form of Universalism in Contemporary Sufism
Religion. 53(2): 246-268.

(11) Francesco Piraino. 2021.
“Sufi Festivals as a Social Movement: Spirituality, Aesthetics, and Politics”
Sociologica, 15 (3): 145-168.

(10) Francesco Piraino. 2021.
“Il movimento euroasiatista in Italia: tra complottismo e contro-epistemologia”
Studi Culturali, 1: 109-130.

(9) Francesco Piraino. 2020.
“Sufism Meets the New Age Discourse Part 1: A Theoretical Discussion”
International Journal for the Study of New Religions, 11(1) 235-256.

(8) Francesco Piraino. 2020.
“Sufism Meets the New Age Discourse Part 2: An Ethnographic Perspective: the Nasqhbandiyya-Haqqāniyya in Italy”
International Journal for the Study of New Religions 11(2): 13-34.

(7) Francesco Piraino. 2019.
“Esotericisation and De-esotericisation of Sufism in Italy”
Correspondences, vol. 7(1): 239-276.

(6) Francesco Piraino. 2019.
“Les Politiques du Soufisme en France”
Social Compass, 66(1): 134-146.

(5) Francesco Piraino and Laura Zambelli. 2018.
“Queer Muslims in South Africa: Engaging Islamic Tradition”
Journal for Islamic Studies, 37: 123-147.

(4) Francesco Piraino. 2016.
“René Guénon et son héritage dans le soufisme du XXIème siècle”
Religiologiques, n. 31 pp. 155-180.

(3) Francesco Piraino. 2016.
“Between Real and Virtual Communities: Sufism in Western societies and the Naqshbandi Haqqani case”
Social Compass, vol. 63(1), pp. 93-108.

*Awarded Best Article 2017 by the International Society for the Sociology of Religion (ISSR)

(2) Francesco Piraino and Laura Zambelli. 2015.
“Mamma Schiavona and Santa Rosalia, popular worship: between religiosity and identity”
Critical Research on Religion, vol. 3(3), pp. 266-281.

(1) Francesco Piraino. 2011.
“Entrare nel sé divino: un confronto etnografico tra mistica cristiana e mistica musulmana”
Religioni e Società, vol. 71, pp. 97-105.


Capitoli Peer-Reviewed in Libri Pubblicati

(1) Francesco Piraino and Antonio de Diego González. 2023. “Sufism in Latin Europe” in Marcia Hermansen and Saeed Zarrabi-Zadeh, Encyclopaedia of Islamic Mysticism – Handbook of Sufi Studies.  Leiden: Brill.

(2) Francesco Piraino. 2022. “Da ‘Venezia e l’Oriente’ al ‘Centro Studi di Civiltà e Spiritualità Comparate’ in Pasquale Gagliardi ed Egidio Ivetic, La Fondazione Cini. Settant’anni di storia. Padova: Marsilio, pp. 145-157.

(3) Francesco Piraino. 2022 “The Eurasia Network: Riding the Conspiracist Tiger in Contemporary Italy” in Francesco Piraino, Marco Pasi, and Egil Asprem (eds). Religious Dimensions of Conspiracy Theories.
London: Routledge, p. 236-256.

(4) Francesco Piraino. 2021 “The Sufi Shaykh and His Patients: Merging Islam, Psychoanalysis, and Western Esotericism” in Mark Sedgwick and Francesco Piraino. Esoteric Transfers and Constructions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. London: Palgrave, pp. 195-218.

(5) Francesco Piraino. 2019. “Who is the Infidel? Religious boundaries and social change in the Shadhiliyya Darqawiyya Alawiyya” in Francesco Piraino and Mark Sedgwick, Global Sufism: Reconfiguring Narratives, Boundaries and Identities. London: Hurst, pp. 75-92.

(6) Francesco Piraino. 2017.  “Pilgrimages in European Sufism”, in Richard Natvig and Ingvild Flaskereud (eds), Muslim Pilgrimage in Europe. London – New York: Routledge, pp- 157-169.

(7) Francesco Piraino and Laura Zambelli. 2014.  “Mamma Schiavona and Santa Rosalina: tra religiosità e identità”, in Pace V., Berzano L. and Castagnaro A. (eds), La religione popolare nella società post-secolare. Padova: Messaggero, pp. 319-332.

(8) Francesco Piraino 2014. “European Sufism and its Social and Political Role. The Fluidity of Identities”, in Erkan Toguslu, Ding Yuan and Johan Leman (eds), Developing a sense of Belonging in Diverse Societies: Hui-Muslims in China and Muslims in Europe, Workshop Proceedings,
KU Leuven Gulen Chair, pp. 171-185.


Altre Pubblicazioni

(1) Francesco Piraino. 2019. « Sufismo d’Europa, Sufismo in Europa ». Rivista Oasi

(2) Francesco Piraino. 2019. Review “Alireza Doostdar. 2018. The Iranian Metaphysicals Explorations in Science, Islam, and the Uncanny. Princeton: Princeton University Press, Aries, pp. 301-302

(3) Francesco Piraino. 2016. Le soufisme au Maroc : entre mysticisme et politique. Review: “Bouasria, Abdelilah. 2015. Sufism and Politics in Morocco, Activism and Dissent. New York: Routledge” Société Suisse Moyen-Orient et Civilisation islamique (SSMOCI), Bulletin 42, pp. 54-55.

(4) Francesco Piraino. 2014. “Bruno Guiderdoni—Among Sufism, Traditionalism and Science: A Reply to Bigliardi”. Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, vol. 3(11), pp. 21-24.


Come Fotografo

(1) Francesco Piraino. 2018.
“Queering a Mary Icon: a photographic tour of a religious pilgrimage in Southern Italy”. Mr Ma’am 2018, pp. 37-42.

(2) Francesco Piraino. 2017. Pictures in Andrea Brigaglia and Mauro Nobili (eds). The Arts and Crafts of Literacy: Islamic Manuscripts in Cultures in Sub-Saharan Africa. Berlin: De Gruyter, pp. 331-352.3