The much awaited article by Yasmin Amin on the special topic of God’s laughter is available on her Academia page. A laughing God, between Sunni approval and Shi’ite rejection is a fascinating and thorough study of the controversial compatibility between laughter and holiness in the Hadith literature. Enjoy the reading!
|The Circle for Late Antique and Medieval Studies
|Prof. Fred M. Donner, University of Chicago
Prof. Garth L. Fowden, University of Cambridge
Prof. David S. Powers, Cornell University
“Perspectives on Early Islam”
Join us on 09 December at 11:00 am EST.
The event will be held virtually.
Register here for the event!
If you have not read the latest article by Mathieu Tillier and you’d be happy to practice your French, I highly recommend you
Mathieu Tillier has gathered a corpus of epigraphic invocations (duʿāʾ) which he compares with invocation formulae contained in ḥadīth narratives. He covers the first three centuries of Islamic history and anaylses in details what he has coined the “prophetisation” of ḥadīth narratives, whereby formulae attributed to anonymous figure slowly become the saying of companions, successors and finally Muḥammad. His comparative approach, in which he combines lexical and textual analysis, allows him to uncover the rare formulae that could be traced back to the first century of the Islamic era and were preserved untouched in the literature. His scrupulous comparison also highlights the evolution of the different phenomena observed regarding the formulae that remained untouched, those which were attributed to non-prophetic figures and finally the ones which were ‘prophetised’, i.e. attributed to the Prophet Muḥammad. It is to be hoped that this well-documented work will inspire more similar interdisciplinary studies and help us understand better the ḥadīth literature in its historical context.
Our colleague Aurangzeb Haneef just completed his long awaited PhD dissertation
With much impatience we look forward to reading this important contribution to our field and congratulate its author!
The latest article by Mehmetcan Akpinar has just been published. You can visit his academia page to discover
a refined analysis of scholars’ interaction with the ruling elites during the Umayyad period. By following two Medinan scholars, Mehmetcan Akpinar investigates the personal and professional motivations behind the scholars’ movements and their services to the authorities of their time. He compares their respective ascensions and the various stages which led to their prominent and influential positions at the Damascene court. In the differences that distinguish the careers of these two scholars, one is made to observe the interests of the Umayyad court and the subtle ways it fulfilled its particular needs. Through the combination of a wide range of sources and the detailed exploration of their correlations, the reader gains a new outlook on this complex period and the understudied relationships between the rulers and the scholars of that time.
Akpinar, Mehmetcan. “Medinan Scholars on the Move: Professional Mobility at the Umayyad Court.” In: El Merheb, Mohamad and Berriah, Mehdi. Professional Mobility in Islamic Societies (7000-1750). Leiden/Boston, 2021, 15-39.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com and Alicia González Martínez at firstname.lastname@example.org
Further details will be uploaded soon on InterSaME website, www.intersame.uni-hamburg.de.
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 (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 Ḥadīth al–kisāʾ 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.
Postdoctoral researcher (m/f/d; E 13 TV-L, 100%)
Center of Islamic Theology, University of Tübingen
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, email@example.com.
The formal appointment is carried out by the University’s central administration.