Zora Kostadinova


PhD Candidate in Anthropology at University College London


Zora Kostadinova is a PhD Candidate in Social Anthropology at University College London. She studies Naqshbandi Sufism and ethical self-cultivation in postwar Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Her thesis (submitted April 2022) examines the interconnectedness between religious subjectivities, historical temporalities, critical events and ethics. Her special interest is focused on the emergence of adab as postwar Muslim sociality and the curative role of religion mediated through ritual and the charismatic religious authority of the Sufi shaykh.

Publications related to the project’s theme:

‘“And When the Heart is Sick, the Whole Body is Sick”: Repairing the Person and the Urban Fabric through Everyday Sufi Ethics in Post-war Sarajevo, Südosteuropa, Journal of Politics and Society, section Urban Ethnography, Guest Editor Ger Duijzings), 65/1 (2018)

‘“An Education of the Heart”: Revival of Sufism in Bosnia-Herzegovina”, Maydan, an online publication of the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University, 22 January 2018 (“An Education of the Heart”:  Revival of Sufism in Bosnia-Herzegovina – Maydan (themaydan.com))

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