Junior Research Group "Arabic Philology and Textual Practices in the Early Modern Period“
Islam Dayeh is Junior Professor for Arabic Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. He directs the Dahlem International Network Junior Research Group „Arabic Philology and Textual Practices in the Early Modern Period“ and the international research program Zukunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship (Forum Transregionale Studien, FU Berlin). Islam Dayeh is also the editor-in-chief of the double-blind peer-reviewed journal Philological Encounters (Brill).
Junior Professor at the Seminar for Semitic and Arabic Studies of the Freie Universität Berlin and director of the Junior Research Group „Arabic Philology and Textual Practices in the Early Modern Period“, supported by Freie Universität Berlin as part of the Excellence Initiative of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
|2012||PhD at the Freie Universität Berlin (Title: „Exegesis as Literary Criticism. Studies in Qur’anic Interpretation and Rhetorical Theory”. Supervisor: Angelika Neuwirth)|
|Since 2012||Member of the research program „From Logos to Kalām: Figurations and Transformations of Knowledge in Near Eastern Late Antiquity” of the SFB 980 „Episteme in motion“ (Freie Universität Berlin)|
|Since April 2010||Director of the international research program Zukunftphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship at the Forum Transregionale Studien and the Freie Universität Berlin|
|2009||MSt Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford (Title: „Attitudes to Jewish Law in the Syriac Didascalia Apostolorum”)|
|2008||Visiting Scholar at the Institut for Asian and African Studies and the Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki, Finland|
|2003||MA Religious Studies at Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands (Title: „Muslim-Jewish Relations in 17th – 19th century Yemen”. Supervisor: P.S. van Koningsveld)|
|2002||BA Islamic Studies at the University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan|
Lectures in winter 2018/19
Lectures in winter 2017/18
Lectures in summer 2017
Lectures in winter 20167/17
Lectures in summer 2016
Lectures in winter 2015/16
Islam Dayeh's research interests focus on comparative philology, the study of commentary cultures and text-editing practices in European and Arabic textual traditions. He situates his research in a broader context of the intellectual and cultural entanglements that have shaped relations between Europe and the Arabic-Islamic world from the medieval period to this day.
Currently, he is completing two monographs. The first is a study of the intellectual cosmos of the Cairene-Damascene exegete, philologist, geometrician, logician and historian Burhan al-Din al-Biqai (1406-1480). The second studies the impact of the messianic movement of Sabbatai Zewi on the Jews of Yemen. It is based on a critical edition of several manuscripts documenting exchanges between Yemeni Muslim jurists over the legal status of contemporaneous Jews in the wake of the Sabbatian messianic disturbances in Yemen (17th-19th century).
You will find an overview over the research projects here.