KYRIACOS MARKIDES
Institution: Department of Sociology, University of Maine
Academic areas of specialization: sociology of religion, sociological theory, sociology of mental illness and sociology of violence and international terrorism
SOCNA Project research areas: Social Sciences
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Kyriacos C. Markides, Ph.D. is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Maine and author of eight books, six of which are on Christian mystics and Eastern Orthodox spiritual guides and elders. In his latest books, The Mountain of Silence: A Search for Orthodox Spirituality (Doubleday paperback) and Gifts of the Desert: The Forgotten Path of Christian Spirituality (Doubleday), he explores mystical Christianity

Kyriacos’ areas of interest in teaching and research are: sociology of religion, sociological theory, sociology of mental illness and sociology of violence and international terrorism. Kyriacos’ research has ranged from projects related to political sociology and nationalist movements to the sociology of religion, non-medical healing and Christian mysticism. For the last twenty years he has been exploring the lives and teachings of Christian mystics, healers, and miracle workers and monastics around the world.

He regularly gives lectures and workshops around the United States, Canada, and overseas, as well as radio and television interviews.

Some of his other publications include: The Magus of Strovolos: The Extraordinary World of a Spiritual Healer, Homage to the Sun: The Wisdom of the Magus of Strovolos, Fire in the Heart: Healers, Sages, and Mystics and Riding with the Lion: In Search of Mystical Christianity among others.