Université d'Erfurt

Till Luge: Ehemaliger Gast-Doktorand

Gastdoktorand am Max-Weber-Kolleg von April bis August 2018


Till Luge’s research focuses on religions in the cultural continuum of the Turkic, Persianate, and Indic worlds. It fuses ethnographic and textual approaches, while concentrating on the encounter between Islam and Indian religions, both in Turkey and South Asia from the late medieval to the modern periods. Till Luge received his MA in Religious Studies, Ottoman History, and Indology at Heidelberg University and is currently finishing his doctorate in the Department of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.


At the Max-Weber-Kolleg, Till Luge works on social change and new spiritualities in Turkey. His research project is entitled “From the Individualization of Society to the Individualization of Religion: The Case of New Spiritualities in Turkey.” This research builds upon his work as a research fellow at the Orient-Institut Istanbul, where he was project administrator of the ANR-DFG Research Program “New Religiosities in Turkey: Reenchantment in a Secularized Muslim Country?” from 2014 to 2017. His work in this area largely comprises the Turkish reception of religious texts, ideas, and practices derived from or linked to India, the academic encounter of Turkey with the subcontinent, and the study of esotericism, New Age, and new religious movements in the late Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey. To date, among other topics, he has worked on yoga and Tantra in Turkey, Turkish Spirit(ual)ism, spiritual post-capitalist thought, the history of Indology in Turkey, the Turkish History of Religions, and an Ottoman Turkish translation of the Kamasutra.

Till Luge is also currently a PhD candidate in the Department of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation project examines the history of a lineage of North Indian poet-saints, whose early Islamic identity contrasts with the Vaishnava-bhakti (Hindu) religious identity of its later masters. The work delineates the various shifts in identity of this community, relating its religious expressions in several medieval and modern Hindi dialects to Hindu-Muslim relations, matters of caste and class, and the socioeconomic changes in the region under various political regimes.

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