Research on the "presence" of the Muslim mystics in society and culture of Medieval Egypt, with particular reference to:
1) religious doctrines and "social insertion" of the Shadhiliyya Sufi brotherhood, with special attention to the work of the Egyptian cheykh Ibn Ata Allah al-Iskandari (d. 1309);
2) Sufi ideas and practices with respect to jihad in Egypt Ayyubid era ( XII-XIII centuries ) and Mamluk era ( XIII-XVI centuries)
3) Sufi ideas and practices with respect to interfaith relations, especially Jewish-Muslim relations, in Ayyubid and Mamluk Egypt (XII-XVI centuries);
4) Sufi ideas and practices with respect to phenotypic and 'racial' diversity in Medieval Egypt, with special attention to the presence of "African" shaykhs in Egyptian brotherhoods;
5) the presence of "philosophical Sufism" in Medieval Egypt;
6) valorization of the methodology of networking analysis in the study of medieval Sufi presence in Egyptian society.
Modern and contemporary Sufism.
1) relations between Sufis, political power and other religious authorities in Egypt from the French occupation (1798-1801) to date;
2) Sufi ideas and practices related to the "Arab Spring", with particular reference to Egypt in the period 2010-2013;
3) sociological and anthropological aspects of the Sufi "presence" in contemporary Egypt
Literature and politics in Egypt modern and contemporary.
Relationships between politics, literature and religion in the contemporary Arab world, with particular attention to the issue of constitutionalism and the issues of human rights, the freedom of women, inter-religious relations.