Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Stefano BIGLIARDI


  • Associate Professor
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Status: Full-time
  • Office number : 4
  • Building : 6
  • Office phone : +212 535 86 23 43
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  • Italy (University of Bologna); Germany (University of Constance); Sweden (University of Lund); Mexico (Tec de Monterrey, Mexico City); Switzerland (FIIRD, University of Geneva); Morocco (Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane). See CV for details. He joined AUI in August 2016 as an assistant professor; in September 2020 he was promoted to associate.
  • Degree : Ph.D in Philosophy of Science - University of Bologna, Italy
  • Research areas and expertise : Philosophy of science, philosophy of religion, New Religious Movements, Islam and science, history of philosophy, Italian as a foreign language.

  • Currently teaching : Philosophical Thought PHI 2301 / History of Ideas PHI 2302

Book reviews: 5. “‘You Don’t Want to Have That Kind of Thought in Your Mind’: Li Hongzhi, Aliens, and Science” in Enlightened Martyrdom. The Hidden Side of Falun Gong, edited by Jim Lewis, Equinox, forthcoming (reference: 4. “The Mexican Santa Muerte from Tepito to Tultitlán: Tradition, Innovation and Syncretism at Enriqueta Vargas’ Temple” with Fabrizio Lorusso and Stefano Morrone; chapter in a volume edited by Beth Singler, forthcoming (reference: 3. “Earth as Battlefield and Mission: Knowledge, Technology and Power in L. R. Hubbard’s Late Novels” in Scientology in Popular Culture. Influences and Struggles for Legitimacy, edited by Susan Raine and Stephen Kent, Praeger, 2017, forthcoming. 2. “The ‘Scientific Miracle of the Qur??n’: Map and Assessment” in Islamic Studies Today. Essays in Honor of Andrew Rippin, edited by Majid Daneshgar and Walid A. Saleh, Brill, 2016, 339-353. 1. “Exploring the Contemporary Debate over Islam and Science in India: Portrait of the Aligarh School” in Science and Religion: East and West, edited by Yiftach Fehige, Routledge, 2016; 174-188.
Bibliography: Monograph 2014. Islam and the Quest for Modern Science. Conversations with Adnan Oktar, Mehdi Golshani, M. Basil Altaie, Zaghloul El-Naggar, Bruno Guiderdoni, and Nidhal Guessoum. Foreword by Leif Stenberg. Istanbul: Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul (Transaction Series, peer-reviewed). Peer-reviewed articles 23. “Santo Daime Narratives in Italy: Walter Menozzi, Stella Azzurra, and the Conceptualization of Ayahuasca and Science” accepted by Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review, April 11, 2017 (reference: 22. “On an Anomalous Piece of Scientology Ephemera: The Booklet Scientology and the Bible” Temenos - The Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion, 53 (1), 2017, 113–142. 21. “A Gentleman’s Joyous Esotericism: Jean Sendy Above and Beyond the ‘Ancient Aliens’” Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review, 8 (1), 2017, 1-35. 20. “The ‘Scientific Miracle of the Qur’?n,’ Pseudoscience, and Conspiracism. Analogies, Overlaps, and Alternatives” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, 52 (1), 2017, 146-171. 19. “New Religious Movements, Technology, and Science: The Conceptualization of the E-Meter in Scientology Teachings” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 51 (3), 2016, 661–683. 18. “Si muere el Hijo de la Santa Muerte. The Symbolic Codification of Comandante Pantera’s Death at the Temple in Tultitlán (Mexico)” Studi Tanatologici - Thanatological Studies –Études Thanatologiques, 8, 2015/2016, 70-91. 17. “La Santa Muerte and Her Interventions in Human Affairs: A Theological Discussion” Sophia - International Journal of Philosophy and Traditions, 55 (3), 2016, 303-323. 16. “From Contactee to Prophet: The Evolution of Jean Miguères’s Self-Narrative” Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review 7 (1), 2016, 23-51. 15. “Secret Cousins: Analogies of the Construction of Religious Authority through ‘Science’ in Maurice Bucaille and Claude Vorilhon (alias Raël)” Nova Religio - The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions, 20 (2), 2016, 34-58. 14. “What Would Ron Choose from the Islamic Basket? Notes on Scientology’s Construction of Islam” Temenos – Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion, 51 (1), 2015, 95-121. 13. “New Religious Movements and Science: Rael’s Progressive Patronizing Parasitism” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, 50 (1), 2015, 64-83. 12. “Thinking Muhammad Legenhausen’s Non-Reductive Pluralism Through: Some Reflections about its Implications” International Journal of Islamic Thought. 6, 2014, 71-78. 11. “Testing Latour’s App: A User’s Guide” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, 49 (4), 2014, 890–903. 10. “Stenmark’s Multidimensional Model and the Contemporary Debate on Islam and Science” Theology and Science 12, 2014, 8-29. 9. “Who’s Afraid of Theoscientography? An Interpretative Hypothesis on Harun Yahya” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science. 49 (1), 2014, 66–80. 8. “Above Analysis and Amazement: Some Contemporary Muslim Characterizations of ‘Miracle’ and Their Interpretation” Sophia - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysical Theology and Ethics 53 (1), 2014, 113-129. 7. “Some Characterizations of ‘Miracle’ According to Muslim Authors: Sketch of an Interpretation on the Footprints of S. H. Nasr and J. Hick” Philosophy, Culture, and Traditions, 9, 2013, 97-118. 6. “The Contemporary Debate on the Harmony between Islam and Science: Emergence and Challenges of a New Generation” Social Epistemology, 28 (2), 2014, 167-186. 5. “The Interpretation of Miracles according to Mutahhari and Golshani: Comparative and Critical Notes” Journal of Shi’a Islamic Studies 6 (3), 2013, 261-288. 4. “Barbour’s Typologies and the Contemporary Debate on Islam and Science” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 47 (3), 2012, 501-519. 3. “The Strange Case of Dr. Bucaille. Notes for a Re-Examination” The Muslim World, 102 (2), 2012, 248-263. 2. “Snakes from Staves? Science, Scriptures and the Supernatural in Maurice Bucaille” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 46 (4), 2011, 793-805. 1. “Leggi dell’epistemologo e leggi dello scienziato: Wolfgang Spohn e la teoria delle funzioni di grado” Rivista di filosofia 1, 2010, 57-80 (Italian, with an abstract in English).