Third Summer School in Islamicate Digital Humanities for Scholars in Manuscript Studies

The University of Hamburg is hosting a four-day summer course from August 30th to September 10th for graduate students and researchers who work with manuscript materials in Arabic script and want to learn how to choose tools and resources that are available to them and how to apply digital technology in their research. It includes theoretical and/or practical sessions on digital encoding and editing of manuscript texts, data modelling and annotation, advanced search, and visualization.

Date: 30 August – 10 September 2021 (twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays)
Venue: online, hosted by Hamburg Universität, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, 20146 Hamburg
Director of the Course: Alba Fedeli
IT Coordinator: Alicia González Martínez and Cristina Vertan
Deadline for applications: 2 July 2021
Registration free of charge
Number of Participants: a limited number of participants will be selected, up to 15 people

Contact details: Alba Fedeli at

As the number of participants is limited to fifteen people for the effectiveness of the practical sessions, students and researchers interested to participate in this summer course must apply by Friday 2 July 2021 by submitting the following details:

  • A one-page CV.
  • A motivation letter (maximum 200 words) explaining their interest in the course and their field of research.
  • A list of their technical skills in order to organize the practical sessions in the more effective way although they are not a requirement for participating in the course. Applicants have to indicate – for example – their knowledge of any software for annotation, searching and/or any type of data handling; data formats; digital editing; programming languages, etc.
  • City from where the participant will attend the summer school, so that we can arrange the time slots in the most convenient way for the majority of the people.

As this year the summer school will be held online, all participants applying MUST make sure that they have a stable and adequate fast internet connection, video camera and microphone, during the duration of the school.

All documents have to be sent as a single PDF-file attachment named as “LastName_Name_Hamburg_DHSchool_2021” to Alba Fedeli at and Alicia González Martínez at

Further details will be uploaded soon on InterSaME website,

Yasmin Amin at the 5th IDHN conference

Yasmin Amin (Exeter) will be presenting one of her research projects at the 5th IDHN conference on 6th May 2021 at 19:40 CET. Her talk

Waving the Mantle of the Prophet: The Journey of Umm Salama’s Narration of adīth alkisāʾ over Six Centuries

will explore the 131 versions of a ḥadīth across almost 6 centuries to show its various transformations and some of the reasons behind them.

For more information on the talk or how to take part in the conference, check IDHN website and the program for the conference.

Tübingen Hadith Studies Workshop 2020

The Conference will be held online. Contact the organisers if you would like to participate.

Friday, 11th December 2020

International Panel [Organisation: Maroussia Bednarkiewicz]

15:30-16:00 CET | 2:30-3:00 pm GMT | 09:30-10:00 EDT 

Raashid Goyal

The Four Braids of the Ruwāla Bedouin, ca. 1930: Continuation of a Pre-Islamic Hair Ritual?

16:00-16:30 CET | 3:00-3:30 pm GMT | 10:00-10:30 EDT

Arafat A. Razzaque

The Social Context of Eschatology: A Ḥadīth of Anas b. Malik and its Reappropriation of the Apocalypse of Paul

16:40-17:10 CET | 3:40-4:10 pm GMT | 10:40-11:10 EDT

Adrien de Jarmy

Contextualizing Representations of the Prophet in Early Islamic Literature using Digital Tools.

17:10-17:40 CET | 4:10-4:40 pm GMT | 11:10-11:40 EDT

Renaud Soler

Texts, manuscripts, database: the writing and transmission of the sîra (15th-19th century).

Saturday, 12th December 2020

Tübingen Panel [Organisation: Mehmetcan Akpınar]

14:30-15:00 CET | 1:30-2:00 pm GMT | 08:30-09:00 EDT

Mehmetcan Akpınar

Reconstructing 2nd/8th Century Damascene Scholars’ Accounts on the Muslim Conquests of Syria

15:00-15:30 CET | 2:00-2:30 pm GMT | 09:00-09:30 EDT

Alaa Osman

The Role of Muḥammad al-Shaybānī (d. 189/805) in the 2nd/8th Century Disputes between Ahl al-Ḥadīth and Ahl al-Raʾy

15:30-16:00 CET | 2:30-3:00 pm GMT | 09:30-10:00 EDT

Hossam Ouf

Konfessionelle Identität und Hadithüberlieferung: al-Ğāmiʿ aṣ-ṣaḥīḥ von al-Buḫārī (gest. 256/870) und al-Kāfī von al-Kulaynī (gest. 329/940) im Vergleich

16:10-16:40 CET | 3:10-3:40 pm GMT | 10:10-10:40 EDT

Ali Zaherinezhad

A Ḥanafī Approach to Abū Hurayra’s Hadith Corpus in the 4th/10th Century

16:40-17:10 CET | 3:40-4:10 pm GMT | 10:40-11:10 EDT

Ruggero Vimercati Sanseverino

Towards a Multidimensional Understanding of Hadith Transmission: A Reading of al-Khaṭīb al-Baghdādī’s (d. 463/1071) al-Jāmiʿ li-akhlāq al-rāwī

17:10-17:40 CET | 4:10-4:40 pm GMT | 11:10-11:40 EDT

Maroussia Bednarkiewicz

The Digital Turn in Close Textual Analysis: New Methods in Islamic Studies with Examples from the Hadith Literature


BRAIS 2020 — Annual Conference — Call for Papers


7th Annual Conference of the British Association for Islamic Studies

Monday 6th-Tuesday 7th April 2020

Following the success of its conferences in Edinburgh (2014), London (2015 and 2016), Chester (2017), Exeter (2018) and Nottingham (2019), the British Association for Islamic Studies is delighted to invite proposals for individual papers, or whole panels, for its Seventh Annual Conference which will be hosted by the Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, London. Papers and panels may be proposed by senior and early scholars from Professor to PhD level.

Islamic Studies is broadly understood to include all topics and disciplinary approaches to the study of Islam and Muslim societies (majority and minority), across all time periods from the formative to the classical, and pre-modern to the contemporary.

More information about the conference and the CfP is available on BRAIS website:

If you have any questions, please contact the Conference Committee on:

International Sahīh al-Bukhārī Symposium

Mountain View

Verifying the attribution of ḥadīth to the Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace) has long preocupied the minds of researchers in Islamic Studies. With this end in sight, many books of ḥadīth were written in the first few centuries. Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī is without a doubt the most important of these works. For this reason many other books and studies were written on it, both in the past and present. These secondary works focused on specific subtopics within the field of ḥadīth studies and varied both in content and aim. Some of these works focused on the methodology of al-Bukhārī in his Ṣaḥīḥ, while others paid attention to his teachers and students. Other works researched the narrators he included as well as the conditions he applied in choosing them. Another group of researchers decided to focus on the texts of the ḥadīths themselves, in terms of critiquing those texts, understanding them, and analyzing them. And finally, some decided to insted focus on the legal opinions that al-Bukhārī chose in his Ṣaḥīḥ. In addition to all of this, the commentaries written on Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī are considered exemplary models of commentaries written on ḥadīths.

The great attention Muslim scholars as well as Islamic studies specialists from around the world have given to this text, in terms of historical research, analysis, and study is sufficient to show its value and rank. Despite all of what was mentioned above, historically. some ḥadīth scholars did criticize the text and in our modern day the amount of criticisms has only grown.

Given this context, this symposium aims to study Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī from all angles: its chapter headings, its mu‘allaqs, its repetitions , its conditions, its methodology in chosing one text over another, the differences in manuscripts, all studies that are related to the text, as well as the criticisms leveled against it.

This conferences also aims to present studies on the topics mentioned above if they have not yet been researched or have not been adequately studied.

Therefore, this conference aims to highlight the following themes:

First: the history of the Ṣaḥīḥ: the social, educational, political, and cultural milieu in which the book was written, as well as the primary sources of the texts, how it was compiled, the effort exerted in its upkeep and preservation, as well as its various manuscripts and their history, and finally historical criticism of the text.

Second: the methodology of al-Bukhārī in his Ṣaḥīḥ: the ordering of the text, the method of selecting chapter headings, his condition of two narrators having actually met, as well as the rest of the conditions that apply to narrators, the conditions he had in judging a ḥadīth to be authentic, and the areas of difference between his work and similar books, as well as his own contributions to the field of ḥadīth methodology.

Third: the ḥadīths of Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī: critiquing them in terms of isnād and matn (text), analyzing them, studying how and why he quoted parts of them in different areas of the text, as well as appraising these.

Fourth: the commentaries of Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī: its scientific value, a focus on some of its unique qualities that have not yet been highlighted, and commentaries that have not been given much attention, as well as commentaries that were never completed.

Fifth: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī and Islamic Civilization: the role of Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī in the makeup of Islamic civilization, its place in the cultural history of the Muslim community (public readings), and its importance in our modern day.

Sixth: Criticisms leveled against Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī: some of the innovators found among its narrators, the place of its mu‘allaqāt, the role of previous books as sources of some of its content without a proper chain connecting them, the reason why some ḥadīths are cited as being part of it when in actuallity they are not found within it, the validity of the claim that some ḥadīths contained within it are weak or fabricated, the validity of the claim that some of its ḥadīths contradict reason or modern science, the accurateness of ascribing him to the Shāfi‘ī school and his distance from the Ḥanafī school.


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