kyriacos markides

PhD – Professor of Sociology – Scholar, Researcher – World-renowned Author

Kyriacos C. Markides, PhD, a professor of sociology at the University of Maine, has been exploring the lives, teachings and worldviews of mystics, healers, miracle workers and monastics around the world for the last 50 years.


In this field, Kyriacos has written many important and widely read books published in English, and in more than a dozen other languages; including his trilogy about a spiritual healer and mystic from Cyprus known as ‘Daskalos’: ‘The Magus of Strovolos’, ‘Homage to the Sun’, and ‘Fire in the Heart’. And later, amongst many other books, ‘The Mountain of Silence’ in which Markides follows Father Maximos, one of Mount Athos’s monks, to the troubled island of Cyprus. ‘The Accidental Immigrant’ is Markides’ capstone work based on his life long quest quest for an authentic understanding of the true nature of Reality.


He has also given regular lectures and workshops around the United States, Canada and overseas. Furthermore, he has appeared on national and international television radio programmes, as well as in newspapers and magazines.


Kyriacos’ areas of interest in teaching and research are: sociology of religion, sociological theory, sociology of mental illness and sociology of violence. Kyriacos’ research has ranged from projects related to political sociology and nationalist movements to the sociology of religion, non-medical healing and Christian mysticism.


Retired in 2020, Kyriacos continues to study and write, and lives in Maine, America, with his wife Emily, a lecturer and expert in Peace and Reconciliation Studies.