Dr. Emily Cottrell

Seminar für Semitistik und Arabistik

Research Fellow

"History in the Ahistorical?"

Brief biography

Born 1973 in Paris.

1993-1999 Studies in Paris (Sorbonne; EPHE).

1999 MA (Paris, EPHE-Religious Sciences) on the Greek Philosophers in al-Shahrazūrī’s Ta’rīkh al-ḥukamāʼ.

2000-2007 Extensive travels to the Middle East. Research scholarships in Yemen, Syria, Egypt.

2004 PhD (Paris EPHE-Religious Sciences) on Shams al-Dīn al-Shahrazūrī’s TÁ’rīkh al-ḥukamāʼ.

2009-2011 Marie Curie Fellow, Leiden University (The Netherlands).

2013-2015 Marie Curie Fellow of the Gerda Henkel Stiftung (M4HUMAN)

Specialized areas of research

Graeco-Arabica; History of Islamic philosophy; Neoplatonism; Shiism.


“Al-Mubaššir ibn Fātik and the αversion of the Alexander Romance,” in R. Stoneman and I. Netton (eds.), The ‘Alexander Romance’ in the East (Proceedings of the international conference, Exeter, 26-29 July, 2010), pp. 111-131.
«La biographie d’Hippocrate dans les sources arabes: sa vie, ses lettres, et le célèbre serment, » in P. Poormann and P. Koetschet (eds.), Traduction, transmission, transformation : les racines de la médecine arabe médiévale (Damascus, Institut Français du Proche-Orient, 4th May, 2010). (In press)
“An Arabic Manuscript of the Pseudo-Hippocratic Letters,” in Proceedings of the 29th Conference of the Institute for the History of Arabic Science, held in Aleppo, 3-5 November, 2009. (In press)
“Mandaean Connections in the Chapters Adam and Seth of Shams al-Dīn al-Shahrazūrī’s  Promenade of the Souls”, ARAM Conference on “The Mandaeans,” University of Oxford, 9-11 August 2009, pp. 509-547.
Entries for the Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy, Springer, ed. H. Lagerlund, Dordrecht 2011: « Abū Sulaymān al-Sijistānī » vol.1, pp. 17-20; « Abū Ḥayyān al-Tawḥīdī » vol. 2, pp. 1247-1250; « Mubashshir ibn Fātik » vol. 1, pp. 815-818; « al-Shahrastānī » vol. 2, pp. 1188-1190 ; « al-Shahrazūrī » vol. 2, pp. 1190-1194.
“L’Autobiographie de Zoroastre”, in Pensée grecque et Sagesse d’Orient. Mélanges Michel Tardieu, ed. M. A. Amir-Moezzi et D. Dubois, Paris: Brepols, 2009, pp. 177-183.
« From Baghdad and Rayy to Siwas and Tabriz, through Khorasan : Reading the Classics in the 12th and 13th century », international symposium on Baghdad, city of Peace, in Islamic Civilization, Istanbul (Theological Faculty of the Marmara University), 4-6 November 2008 (published Istanbul 2011: Islam Medeniyetinde Bağdat, vol.2, pp. 47-63).
“Notes sur quelques-uns des témoignages médiévaux relatifs à l’Histoire philosophique de Porphyre”, in A. Akasoy and W. Raven, Islamic Thought in the Middle Ages. In Honour of Hans Daiber, Brill, Leiden 2008, pp. 523-555.
« Les filiations de la Tatimmat Siwân al-hikma (IXème – XIIème siècle) : une géographie intellectuelle de l’Orient abbasside, » international conference of the SIEPM « Universality of reason.
Plurality of philosophies in the Middle Ages », Palermo, 16-22 September 2007 (in press).
 “L’Anonyme d’Oxford (Bodleian Or. Marsh 539): bibliothèque ou commentaire ?”, in The Libraries of the Neoplatonists, Proceedings of the International Symposium organized by the European Science Foundation in Strasbourg, 12-14 March 2004, ed. Cristina d'Ancona, Brill (Philosophia Antiqua 107), Leiden 2007, pp. 415-441.
 “Les manuscrits du Kitāb Nuzhat al-Arwāh wa-Rawdat al-Afrāh fî tā’rīkh al-hukamā’ de Shams al-Dīn al-Shahrazūrī”, Bulletin d’Etudes Orientales, LVI (2004-2005), pp. 225-260.



“The Saljuks of Rūm”, by Dr. A. Takkūsh (in Arabic), Beyrouth 2006, for the Middle East Studies Association Bulletin.
“Culture and Conquest in Mongol Eurasia”, by Thomas Allsen (paperback edition), Cambridge 2004, for the “Mideast Medievalists” diffusion list (May 2007).
“The Sisters of Sinai”, by J. Soskice, New York 2010, for Hugoye 2011 (on-line journal:
“The Arabic Hermes”, by K. Van Bladel, Oxford 2009, for Bibliotheca Orientalis (Leiden) (forthcoming).

“Documentary Arabic Private and Business Letters on Papyrus: Form and Function, Content and Context,” by Eva Mira Grob, Berlin – New York, 2010 (on-line: http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2012/2012-03-51.html).