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Department of History

Islamic Occult Studies on the Rise

Islamic Occult Studies on the Rise (IOSOTR) is an international working group showcasing the research of early-career scholars on the cutting edge of this exciting new interdisciplinary field. It hosts an ongoing series of meetings and workshops whose proceedings are regularly published at, all of which are free and open to the public.

Founded by Dr. Matthew Melvin-Koushki (Department of History) and Dr. Noah Gardiner (Department of Religious Studies) in March 2021, IOSOTR is funded by the College of Arts and Sciences.

From 2022 onward, IOSOTR will also host regular online and in-person events for the UofSC community. These include a crash course on the history and practice of Islamic Magic this April, as well as “Magic Un/disciplined,” a three-day international conference to be held in Gambrell Hall on May 20-22, and cohosted with Societas Magica. All are welcome!

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.