Esther Voswinckel Filiz studied Cultural Anthropology and religious studies in Bologna and Tübingen, with a focus on the anthropology of religion in the Mediterranean. For her doctoral thesis entitled “Aziz Mahmud Hüdayi in Istanbul. Biography of a Place” at the Centre for Religious Studies (CERES) of Ruhr-Universität Bochum, submitted in June 2020, she conducted field research in Üsküdar for several years. Her research focuses on the material culture of Sufism in Istanbul, on the historical and contemporary aesthetics of saint’s tombs (türbe) and on portable and textile paraphernalia therein.
Since June 2020 she has been a researcher at Orient-Institut Istanbul responsible for the research field “Religious History of Anatolia”.