Call for abstracts – Bridging the Gap: Texts, Commentaries and the new Audience

Papers are welcome that focus on a commentary or a commentary tradition consisting of several commentarial writings (sharḥ, ḥāshiya, nukat). They should highlight the role of the commentator as the intermediary between the base text and the changed audience. The conference is open with regard to the fields of Islamic studies, such as Islamic Jurisprudence (fiqh), ḥadīth, Qurʾān commentaries (tafsīr), Grammar, Medicine, Philosophy, Logic, Kalām, Ṣufism etc. For a better comparison of the case studies, we invite abstracts focusing on pre- modern and modern periods and on different regions.

Abstracts of 300 to 500 words shall be send no later the January 31st to

The conference will be organized by Mohammad Gharaibeh, Asad Q. Ahmed,
and Walid Saleh. The conference will take place in Berlin July 27th–30th 2023. Expenses for travel and accommodation will be covered by the chair for Islamic Intellectual History at the Berlin Institute for Islamic Theology, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Time Frame
We might organize a preparatory workshop (online) before the conference to exchange
ideas, expectations and concepts in April or May 2023
The conference will take place in Berlin July 27th–30th 2023

For more information on the conference download the full call or visit Mohammed Gharaibeh’s Academia profile.

New Publication by Pavel Pavlovitch

Pavel Pavlovitch is dedicating his latest monograph to Muslim al-Naysaburi, arguably one of the most influential figures in Hadith studies. The theology and methodology of this third/ninth century scholar have considerably participated in shaping Hadith literature until today, and the comprehensive reflection which Pavel Pavlovitch is sharing with us in this book is an important contribution to a better apprehension of some of the key moments in the history of our field. This reading will surely inspire many future discussions and further investigations in the life and legacy of the greatest ‘influencers’ in Hadith studies.

For an excerpt from the monograph please have a look at Pavel Pavlovitch’s Academia page.

New Publication by Yasmin Amin on Umm Salama

Yasmin Amin has made sure we will not be bored as the new year starts and people come back from holidays! She has uploaded yet another paper on a different aspect of her research in Hadith studies: Umm Salama and her role in the legitimisation of the Imams’ authority. You can read “Umm Salama: A Female Authority Legitimating the Authorities” on Yasmin Amin’s Academia profile or directly on the DeGruyter’s website.