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,

New publication by Omar Anchassi

The latest article by Omar Anchassi (University of Edinburgh) has just been published by Islamic Law and Society.

Status Distinctions and Sartorial Difference: Slavery, Sexual Ethics, and the Social Logic of Veiling in Islamic Law

is a brilliant and comprehensive analysis of a ḥadīth about the need for distinction in clothing between free and enslaved women according to ʿUmar ibn al-Khaṭṭāb and its various versions. Following the contextual interpretations of all these narratives in the fiqh and tafsīr literature, Omar Anchassi gives us the key to understand the different Islamic conceptions of sexual ethics and their evolution. The article is not only an important contribution to the field it is also extremely well written and hence a real pleasure to read.

Anchassi, Omar. ” Status Distinctions and Sartorial Difference: Slavery, Sexual Ethics, and the Social Logic of Veiling in Islamic Law”, Islamic Law and Society (published online ahead of print 2021).

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.

Postdoctoral researcher position at the University of Tübingen

Postdoctoral researcher (m/f/d; E 13 TV-L, 100%)

Center of Islamic Theology, University of Tübingen

Deadline: 15.04.2021

The Center of Islamic Theology – Professorship for Hadith Studies, is seeking a

postdoctoral researcher (m/f/d; E 13 TV-L, 100%)

for a period of 3 years.

The position comprises:

  • Teaching of 4 credit hours per week,
  • Supporting tasks for the Professorship of Hadith Studies,
  • Preparation of a project application in the field of Hadith Studies and Prophetology.

The requirements include a full university education with a doctorate in the field of Islamic Studies, Arabic Studies or Islamic Theology. We are looking for a highly motivated and talented scholar who is interested in conducting research in the field of theological Hadith studies and who is familiar with the relevant areas. Academic knowledge of Prophetology, Sufism, Comparative Theology, or Hermeneutics, as well as experience in preparing proposals for external funding, would be advantageous. Excellent Arabic and English skills are desirable.

The University seeks to raise the number of female early-career academics in research and teaching and therefore expressly urges qualified women to apply. Applications from equally qualified candidates with disabilities will be given preference.

Please send your application including an academic CV, a list of publications, a letter of motivation outlining previous research interests and future plans (max. 3 pages), one publication, as well as the contact details of two academic referees, in PDF format as a single file, by the 15th April 2021 via email to Professor Dr. Ruggero Vimercati Sanseverino,

The formal appointment is carried out by the University’s central administration.

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


New Issue of Hadith and Sira Studies

Dear Friends;

You can access the latest issue of Hadith and Sira Studies from the following link:

Articles in English:

Review article:

Javeed Ahmad Malik and Showkat Hussain Dar – Reviewing the Historicity of Buhīra’s Meeting Incident with Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in the Orientalist and Muslim Scholarship

Book review:

Tauseef Ahmad Parray – Faces of Muhammed: Western Perceptions of the Prophet of Islam from the Middle Ages to Today – John V. Tolan

Good wishes and stay safe,

Fatma Kızıl

Islam at 250. Studies in Memory of G.H.A. Juynboll

Dear colleagues,

The memorial volume Islam at 250, devoted to the great hadith scholar G.H.A. Juynboll is out. It is available for download from the publisher’s site at the following link

The volume includes articles that will appeal to scholars interested in hadith criticism, the science of transmitters, terminology and various other aspects of hadith scholarship.

Best regards,


Recent publication by Elias G. Saba

Dear Colleagues in Hadith Studies,

I would like to share with you the long awaited publication by Elias G. Saba, Harmonizing Similarities, A History of Distinctions Literature in Islamic Law. You will find the summary and the table of content on Elias’s academia page. Since Hadith and Islamic law are two  inseparable fields, which almost cannot be studied one without the other, this publication is particularly relevant for our network and promises important insights in both fields.