John Thibdeau

Islamic Studies, Contemporary Sufism in North Africa, Cognitive Science of Religion


B.S. Philosophy Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2007

M.A. Religious Studies University of Colorado, Boulder 2012

John is currently on a Fulbright-Hays grant researching in Fez, Morocco.  His research focuses on Sufi-sponsored forms of social care in and around the city.

In addition to modern Sufi movements, he works on cognitive approaches to the study of religion, specifically in relation to ritual.  In this respect, he is using material from music cognition and beat perception to provide a comparative framework for the study of music and dance in ritual, while also drawing from ethnographic accounts of Sufi dhikr.