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Prof. Dr. Konrad Hirschler

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Institute of Islamic Studies

Professor

Medieval Middle Eastern History (c. 1000 to 1500 CE), particular reference to Egypt & Syria; history of the archive; manuscript studies; history of the Middle East in the period of Crusades; comparative history of reading and history of the book

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Academic Appointments

09/2016 …                             Professor of Middle Eastern History

                                               Institute of Islamic Studies, Free University Berlin

09/2015 – 08/2016                 Professor of Middle Eastern History

                                               History Department, SOAS, University of London

08/2012 - 08/2015                 Reader in the History of the Near and Middle East

                                               History Department, SOAS, University of London

08/2009 - 07/2012                 Senior Lecturer in the History of the Near and Middle East

                                               History Department, SOAS, University of London

09/2007 - 07/2009                 Lecturer in the History of the Near and Middle East

                                              History Department, SOAS, University of London

04/2003 - 08/2007                 Wissenschaftlicher Assistent (Lecturer)

                                              Dept. of Islamic Studies, University of Kiel (Germany)


Editorial Boards

  • Section Editor (History 1100-1500) Encyclopaedia of Islam Three (since 2014)
  • Co-editor of book series The Muslim World in the Age of the Crusades (Brill) (since 2012, with Suleiman Mourad and Paul Cobb)
  • Member of editorial board (History) for book series Beiruter Texte und Studien (Orient-Institut Beirut) (since 2015)
  • Member of editorial board for book series Mamluk Studies (Bonn University Press) (since 2011)
  • Member of editorial board for book series Islamic History and Thought (Gorgias Press) (since 2015)
  • Member of editorial board Annales islamologiques (since 2015)
  • Member of editorial board Journal of Transcultural Medieval Studies (since 2013)
  • Member of editorial board Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes (since 2009)
  • Deputy Editor Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies (2010-16)
  • Member of editorial board Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies (2009/10)

 

Supervised PhD theses

FU Berlin

  • Archive Fever in Egypt and Syria – The Making of a Biographical Dictionary in the Mamluk Period (1250-1517 CE), Benedikt Reier
  • Mapping books and networks through taqrīẓ texts, Laurenz Kern

SOAS

  • The Transmission of Islamicate texts across the Indian Ocean, 1400-1600. Analysing a transregional 'field of cultural production', Christopher Bahl
  • Archival Practices in The Medieval Arabic Lands (c.1250-1500). Documents and archives at the centre and periphery of Ayyubid and Mamluk Egypt and Syria: Communal and private practices in a diversified literate society, Daisy Livingston
  • Reexamining the Symbiosis Between Medieval Religious Elite and Political Authority, Mohamad El-Merheb

 

Main Awards/Prizes

2017    Best Book on the Medieval Middle East Prize 2017 by Middle East Medievalists

            (Medieval Damascus: Plurality and Diversity in an Arabic Library)

2017    British-Kuwait Friendship Association Book Prize, Honorary Mention

            (Medieval Damascus: Plurality and Diversity in an Arabic Library)

2014/5 British Academy Mid-Career Fellow

2012   British Society for Middle Eastern Studies Book Prize 2012

           (The Written Word in the Medieval Arabic Lands)

2009    Elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

2005   Leigh Douglas Memorial Prize (British Society for Middle Eastern Studies)

           for best doctoral dissertation

 

As a historian of the medieval Middle East I work in particular on Egypt and Syria between c. 1100 and 1500. In my research and teaching I have shifted over the years between five principal themes: historiography, the history of reading and libraries, methodological issues linked to documentary sources and archives, Crusades, and finally the interplay between marginal groups and mainstream society. My work on historiography (esp. my first monograph Medieval Arabic Historiography: Authors as Actors, 2006 and the article Studying Mamluk Historiography, 2013) combines social history and literary studies approaches to gain a deeper understanding of how authors and compilers produced historical knowledge. While working on the ways of how knowledge was produced I became increasingly intrigued by the other side of the equation, i.e. the history of reading. This research interest led to my second monograph (The Written Word in the Medieval Arabic Lands: A Social and Cultural History of Reading Practices, 2012, awarded the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies Book Price). My first article Document Reuse in Medieval Arabic Manuscripts, 2017 summarises the first results. Becoming increasingly frustrated with the scarcity of documentary sources for the medieval history of reading and books I was pleasantly surprised when I came across the oldest known Arabic library catalogue (from the thirteenth century).This led me to my British Academy funded research for my third monograph Medieval Damascus: Plurality and Diversity in an Arabic Library - The Ashrafiya Library Catalogue, 2016 (awarded the Best Book on the Medieval Middle East 2017 Book Price) as well as the online Ashrafiya Library Database. One of my current main projects continues along these lines and deals with the idiosyncratic endowment list by the scholar Ibn ‘Abd al-Hadi, the largest pre-Ottoman endowment record of books.

My research on reading and libraries has been closely linked to the question of pre-modern information management in a larger sense, most importantly the transmission of manuscripts (esp. the co-edited volume Manuscript Notes as Documentary Sources 2011) and medieval archival practices (e.g. the JAOS article From Archive to Archival Practices, 2016). My second current project is thus concerned with re-assembling medieval legal documents from Damascus of which we have only a few specimens so far. While working with medieval Syrian manuscripts it became clear that scribes routinely ‘recycled’ such documents by cutting them into sheets for producing new manuscripts. Beyond this work on knowledge production, reception and transmission I have increasingly been interested in the interaction between Latin European settlers in the Middle East and the indigenous populations (cf. the edited translation of M. Kohler’s Alliances and Treaties between Frankish and Muslim Rulers in the Middle East: Cross-Cultural Diplomacy in the Period of the Crusades, 2013 and the article The Jerusalem Conquest of 492/1099 in the Medieval Arabic Historiography of the Crusades, 2014). To counter-balance what is to a large extent elite history, other publications have addressed the question of beggary as well as popular revolt and violence.

I welcome any proposals by prospective MA and PhD students to work on these topics or other medieval Middle Eastern topics.

Medieval Damascus: Plurality and Diversity in an Arabic Library – The Ashrafīya Library Catalogue, Edinburgh (Edinburgh University Press) 2016. ISBN 9781474408776.

Paperback edition: August 2017, ISBN: 9781474426398.

Reviews: (7) Arabica 64 (2017), Renaud Soler; (6) Divan - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 43 (2017), Berat Açıl; (5) Yeni Şafak (Turkey) (9.8.2017), Hüseyin Şen; (4) Bulletin of SOAS 80/1 (2017), Thomas Bauer; (3)   al-Masaq: Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean 28/3 (2016), Nicholas Morton; (2) Times Literary Supplement 5918(2016), Peter Webb; (1) Sehepunkte 16/7-8 (2016), Stephan Conermann.


The Written Word in the Medieval Arabic Lands: A Social and Cultural History of Reading Practices, Edinburgh (Edinburgh University Press) 2012. ISBN 978-0-748-64256-4.

Paperback edition: March 2013, ISBN: 9780748677344.

Italian translation: Libri e lettori nel mondo Araboc-islamico medievale, tr. Arianna D'Ottone (Carocci Editore) forthcoming May 2017.

Reviews: (15) Journal of Islamic Studies 27/1 (2016), Adam Sabra; (14) The Mediaeval Journal 5/1 (2015), Antoine Borrut; (13) Journal of the American Oriental Society 135/2 (2015), Ahmed El Shamsy; (12) Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies 90/3 (2015), Jocelyn Sharlet; (11) MESA Review of Middle East Studies 48/1-2 (2014), Boris Liebrenz; (10) Sehepunkte 14/9 (2014), Stephan Conermann; (9) Quaderni di Studi Arabi 9 (2014), Caterina Bori; (8) Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 24/4 (2014), Julia Bray; (7) Histoire de l’éducation 137 (2013), Yann Dejugnat; (6) Medieval Encounters 19/4 (2013), Thomas Glick; (5) Al-Masaq: Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean 25/2 (2013), Jamie Wood; (4) Bulletin of SOAS 76/3 (2013), Albrecht Fuess; (3) Networks & Neighbours 1/1 (2013), Guy Ron-Gilboa; (2) The American Historical Review 118/2 (2013), Roger Allen; (1) Times Literary Supplement 5728 (Jan 2013), Robert Irwin.

 

Medieval Arabic Historiography: Authors as Actors, London (RoutledgeCurzon) 2006. ISBN 978-0-415-38377-6.

eBook edition: London (Routledge) 2008, eISBN 978-0-203-96529-0.

Paperback edition: London (Routledge) 2011, ISBN 978-0-415-66546-9.

Reviews: (12) Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 101 (2011), Rüdiger Lohlker; (11) Journal of the American Oriental Society 130/4 (2010), Reuven Amitai; (10) MESA Review of Middle East Studies 44/1 (2010), Eric Hanne; (9) British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 37/2 (2010), Bruno De Nicola; (8) Orientalische Literaturzeitung 105/1 (2010), Axel Havemann; (7) Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft 160/1 (2010), Albrecht Fuess; (6) The American Historical Review 114/3 (2009), Tarif Khalidi; (5) Bulletin of SOAS 72/2 (2009), Yehoshua Frenkel; (4) Al-Masaq: Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean 20/2 (2008), Amira K. Bennison; (3) Sehepunkte 7 (2007), Kurt Franz; (2) The Muslim World Book Review 28/1 (2007), Fozia Bora; (1) Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies 82/3 (2007), Fred M. Donner.

Edited volumes/Special Issues

(with S. Savant), special issue What is in a Period? Arabic Historiography and Periodization, Der Islam 91/1 (2014). ISSN 1613-0928.                                                                                       
M. A. Köhler: Alliances and Treaties between Frankish and Muslim Rulers in the Middle East: Cross-Cultural Diplomacy in the Period of the Crusades, tr. P.M. Holt, rev., ed. and intr. K. Hirschler, Leiden (Brill) 2013. ISBN 978-9-00424-857-1.

Reviews: (6) English Historical Review 131 (2016), Kevin Lewis (5) al-Masaq: Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean 28/1 (2016), Scott Parker; (4) The Mediaeval Journal 5/1 (2015), Christopher Macevitt; (3) Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations (2015), Alex Mallett; (2) Crusades 13 (2014), Nicholas Morton; (1) Bulletin of SOAS 77/1 (2014), Jonathan Phillips.

 A. Görke/K. Hirschler (eds): Manuscript Notes as Documentary Sources, (Beiruter Texte und Studien 129), Würzburg (Ergon Verlag) 2011. ISBN 978-3-89913-831-3.

Reviews: (5) Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft 164/2 (2014), Hans Daiber; (4) Der Islam 92/1 (2015), Noah Gardiner; (3) Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 24/4 (2014), Julia Bray; (2) Bulletin of SOAS 77/1 (2014), Lucian Reinfandt; (1) Sehepunkte 13/9 (2013), Stephan Conermann.

 A. Messner/K. Hirschler (eds): Heilige Orte in Asien. Räume göttlicher Macht und menschlicher Verehrung, Schenefeld/Hamburg (EB-Verlag) 2006. ISBN 3-936912-12-X.

Reviews: (6) Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 100 (2010), Procházka-Eisl; (5) Sehepunkte 9/3 (2009), Stephan Conermann; (4) Bibliotheca Orientalis 65/1 (2008); (3) Bulletin of SOAS 71/1 (2008), Gebhard Fartacek; (2) Internationales Asienforum/International Quarterly for Asian Studies 38 (2007), Florian Feuser; (1) Zeitschrift für Religionswissenschaft 7/1 (2007), Anne Koch.

 

Journal Articles

‘Document Reuse in Medieval Arabic Manuscripts’, Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies Bulletin 3/1 (2017), 33-44.

‘From Archive to Archival Practices. Rethinking the Preservation of Mamlūk Administrative Documents’, Journal of the American Oriental Society 136/1 (2016), pp. 1-28. ISSN: 0003-0279.

‘The Jerusalem Conquest of 492/1099 in the Medieval Arabic Historiography of the Crusades: From Regional Plurality to Islamic Narrative’, Crusades 13 (2014), pp. 37-76. ISSN: 1476-5276.

(with S. Savant), ‘Introduction - What Is in a Period? Arabic Historiography and Periodization’, Der Islam 91/1 (2014), 6-19. ISSN 1613-0928.

‘‘Catching the Eel’ – Documentary Evidence for Concepts of the Arabic Book in the Middle Period’, Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies 12 (2012), pp. 224-234. ISSN 1748-3328.

Arabic translation: فهرس يوثّق مفهوم الكـتاب عند العرب في العصور الوسطى , tr. N. Jāsim, in: al-Ḥiwār (Erbil), April 2017. http://alhiwarmagazine.blogspot.de/2017/04/blog-post_59.html

‘The Pharaoh-Anecdote in Premodern Arabic Historiography’, Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies 10 (2010), pp. 45-74. ISSN 1748-3328.

(with Ulrich Hübner) ‘Zwei neue mamlukische Inschriften aus Abū Mahtūb nahe aš-Šawbak’, Zeitschrift des Deutschen Palästina-Vereins 125/1 (2009), pp. 76-83. ISSN 0012-1169.

‘Erdbebenberichte und Diskurse der Kontinuität in der postformativen Periode’, Der Islam 84/1 (2008), pp. 103-139. ISSN 0021-1818.

‘The Formation of the Civilian Elite in the Syrian Province: The Case of Ayyubid and Early Mamluk Hamah’, Mamlūk Studies Review 12/2 (2008), pp. 95-132. ISSN 1086-170x.

‘“He is a child and this land is a borderland of Islam”: Under-Age Rule and the Quest for Political Stability in the Ayyubid Period’, Al-Masaq: Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean 19/1 (2007), pp. 29-46. ISSN 0950-3110.

‘Pre-Eighteenth-Century Traditions of Revivalism: Damascus in the Thirteenth Century’, Bulletin of SOAS 68/2 (2005), pp. 195-214. ISSN 0041-977X.

‘Diskursive Räume in der PKK: Eine Studie zur kurdischen Geschichtsschreibung’, Kurdische Studien 2/1 (2002), pp. 63-79. ISSN 1617-5417.

‘Defining the Nation – Kurdish Historiography in Turkey in the 1990s’, Middle Eastern Studies 37/3 (2001), pp. 145-166. ISSN 00263206.

Kurdish translation: Pênasekirina Neteweyê: Li Tirkîyê di 1990a de Dîroknûsîya Kurdî, tr. Y. Hemed, in: Zarema (Diyarbakir) 12, 2018.

 

Book Chapters

‘Historiographie’, in: Rainer Brunner (ed.): Islam. Einheit und Vielfalt einer Weltreligion, Stuttgart (Kohlhammer Verlag) 2016, 338-48. ISBN 978-3-17-021822-2.

‘Ibn Wāsil: An Ayyubid Perspective on Frankish Lordships and Crusades’, in: A. Mallett (ed.): Medieval Muslim Historians and the Franks in the Levant, Leiden (Brill) 2014, 136-160. ISBN 9789004277410.

‘Studying Mamluk Historiography: From Source-Criticism to the Cultural Turn’, in: S. Conermann (ed.): Ubi sumus? Quo vademus? Mamluk Studies – State of the Art, Göttingen (Bonn University Press) 2013, 159-186. ISBN 978-3-8471-0100-0.

‘Islam: The Arabic and Persian Traditions, Eleventh-Fifteenth Centuries’, in: Sarah Foot/Chase Robinson (eds): The Oxford History of Historical Writing, vol. 2: 400-1400, Oxford (Oxford University Press) 2012, 267-286. ISBN 978-0-19-923642-8.

‘Reading Certificates (samā’āt) as a Prosopographical Source: Cultural and Social Practices of an Elite Family in Zangid and Ayyubid Damascus’, in: A. Görke/K.Hirschler (eds): Manuscript Notes as Documentary Sources, (Beiruter Texte und Studien 129), Würzburg (Ergon) 2011, pp. 73-92. ISBN 978-3-89913-831-3.

(with A. Görke) ‘Introduction: Manuscript Notes as Documentary Sources’, in: A. Görke/K.Hirschler (eds): Manuscript Notes as Documentary Sources, (Beiruter Texte und Studien 129), Würzburg (Ergon) 2011, pp. 9-20. ISBN 978-3-89913-831-3.

‘Zeugenschaft und Wissenstradierung in islamisch geprägten Gesellschaften der post-formativen Periode’, in: W. Drews/H. Schlie (eds): Zeugnis und Zeugenschaft: Perspektiven aus der Vormoderne, Paderborn (Wilhelm Fink) 2011, pp. 101-118. ISBN 9783770549054.

‘Konformität und Randständigkeit: Bettler im vormodernen Nahen Osten’, in: A. Pistor-Hatam/A. Richter (eds): Bettler, Prostituierte, Paria: Randgruppen in asiatischen Gesellschaften, Hamburg (EB-Verlag) 2008, pp. 67-105. ISBN 9783936912531.

(with K. Eilers/C. Seitz) ‘Religiousness Among Young Muslims in Germany’, in: A. al-Hamarneh/J. Thielmann (eds): Islam and Muslims in Germany, Leiden (Brill) 2008, pp. 83-115. ISBN 978-90-04-15866-5. (awarded Outstanding Academic Book Award of the year 2008 by Choice (Journal of the Association of College & Research Libraries, USA)

‘Riten der Gewalt: Protest und Aufruhr in Kairo und Damaskus (7./13. bis 10./16. Jahrhundert)’, in: S. Conermann/S. v. Hees (eds): Islamwissenschaft als Kulturwissenschaft; 1: Historische Anthropologie. Ansätze und Möglichkeiten, Schenefeld/Hamburg (EB-Verlag) 2007, pp. 205-233. ISBN 978-3-936912-12-8.

‘Umstrittene heilige Orte im sunnitischen Islam: Syrien und Ägypten im späten Mittelalter’, in: A. Messner/K. Hirschler (eds): Heilige Orte in Asien. Räume göttlicher Macht und menschlicher Verehrung, Schenefeld/Hamburg (EB-Verlag) 2006, pp. 113-37. ISBN 3-936912-12-X.

‘Carl Friedrich Cramer und die „morgenländischen Sprachen“: Anmerkungen zu einem Orientalisten des 18. Jahrhunderts’, in: R. Schütt (ed.): „Ein Mann von Feuer und Talenten“. Leben und Werk von Carl Friedrich Cramer, Göttingen (Wallstein) 2005, pp. 87-100. ISBN 978-3-89244-885-3.

‘Social Contexts of Medieval Arabic Historical Writing: Court Scholars Versus Ideal/Withdrawn Scholars – Ibn Wāsil and Abū Šāma’, in: U. Vermeulen/J. Van Steenbergen (eds): Egypt and Syria in the Fatimid, Ayyubid and Mamluk Eras IV, Leuven (Peeters) 2005, pp. 311-31. ISBN 90-429-1524-2.

Submitted

‘Frankish-Muslim Relations in the Ayyubid Period, c. 589/1193-c.648/1250’, in: Jonathan Phillips/Andrew Jotischky (eds): The Cambridge History of the Crusades, vol. 2: Expansion, Impact and Decline, Cambridge (Cambridge University Press) 2018.

 

Short Articles in Encyclopedias etc.

‘Ibn Wāṣil’, Encyclopaedia of Islam Three, ed. Kate Fleet, et al., Leiden 2016.

Reading Practices and Readers in the pre-Ottoman Middle East, al-‘Usur al-Wusta 22 (2014), 16-19. ISSN: 1068-1051.

‘Abu Shama’, ‘Dhayl’, ‘Ibn al-Adim’, ‘Ibn ‘Asakir’, ‘Ibn al-Jawzi’ and ‘Ibn Wasil’, in: Graeme Dunphy (ed.): Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle (EMC), Leiden (Brill) 2010, I, 7-8, 520-1, 822, 825, 829, 842. ISBN 9789004184640.

‘Abu Shama’, ‘Ibn Wasil’, ‘Ibn al-Athir’ and ‘Earthquakes’, in: Josef W. Meri (ed.): Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia, New York (Routledge) 2006, I, 10-1, 219-20, 342-3, 375-6. ISBN 0415966906

‘Historical Writing’, in: Richard C. Martin (ed.): Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, New York (Macmillan Reference) 2004, I, 306-309. ISBN 0028656032.

Reviews

Skottki, K.: Christen, Muslime und der Erste Kreuzzug: Die Macht der Beschreibung in der mittelalterlichen und modernen Historiographie, Münster/New York 2015 (Journal of Transcultural Medieval Studies 3/1-2[2016], pp. 332-6)

Mouton, J.-M./D. Sourdel/J. Sourdel-Thomine: Gouvernance et libéralités de Saladin d'après les données inédites de six documents arabes (avec un appendice de Jean Richard), Paris 2015 (Der Islam 93/1[2016], pp. 286-90).

Mouton, J.-M./D. Sourdel/J. Sourdel-Thomine: Mariage et séparation à Damas au Moyen Âge: un corpus de 62 documents juridiques inédits entre 337/948 et 698/1299, Paris 2013 (Ilahiyat Studies 6/1 [2015], pp. 137-9).

François de Blois: Arabic, Persian and Gujarati Manuscripts: The Hamdani Collection. London (in association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies): I.B. Tauris, 2011. (Journal of Islamic Studies [2015], pp. 53-4)

Pfeiffer, J.: Politics, Patronage and the Transmission of Knowledge in 13th - 15th Century Tabriz, Leiden 2013 (Ilahiyat Studies 5/2 [2014], pp. 258-60).

Mourad, S./Lindsay, J.: The Intensification and Reorientation of Sunni Jihad Ideology in the Crusader Period: Ibn ʿAsākir of Damascus (1105 - 1176) and His Age, with an Edition and Translation of Ibn ʿAsākir’s The Forty Hadiths for Inciting Jihad, Leiden 2013 (Journal of the American Oriental Society 135/1 [2015], pp. 159-60).

Reid, M.: Law and Piety in Medieval Islamic Law, Cambridge 2013 (Times Literary Supplement 5792 [2014], p. 28).

Peacock, A./S.N. Yildiz (eds): The Seljuks of Anatolia: Court and Society in the Medieval Middle East, London 2013 (The Mediaeval Journal 3/2 [2013], pp. 178-80).

Behrens-Abouseif, D.: The Minarets of Cairo: Islamic Architecture from the Arab Conquest to the End of the Ottoman Period, London/New York 2010 (Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 102 [2012], pp. 414-16).

Rahim, M.: Die Chronik des ibn Wasil. Gamāl ad-Dīn Muhammad ibn Wasil. Mufarrig al-Kurūb fī Ahbār Banī Ayyūb, Wiesbaden 2010 (Orientalische Literaturzeitung 107/4–5 [2012], pp. 285-6).

Procházka-Eisl, G./St. Procházka: The Plain of Saints and Prophets: The Nusayri-Alawi Community of Cilicia (Southern Turkey) and its Sacred Places, Wiesbaden 2010 (Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 101 [2011], pp. 563-6).

Di-Capua, Y.: Gatekeepers of the Arab Past: Historians and History Writing in 20th Century Egypt, Berkeley 2009 (Insight Turkey 13/1 [2011], pp. 222-4).

Chipman, L.: The World of Pharmacy and Pharmacists in Mamlūk Cairo, Brill 2009 (Bulletin of SOAS 73/3 [2010], pp. 532-4).

Waines, D.: The Odyssey of Ibn Battuta. Uncommon Tales of a Medieval Adventurer, London 2010 (BBC History Magazine 11/5 [2010], p. 76).

Drews, W.: Die Karolinger und die Abbasiden von Bagdad. Legitimationsstrategien frühmittelalterlicher Herrscherdynastien im transkulturellen Vergleich, Berlin 2009 (Journal of Global History 5/1 [2010], pp. 177-8).

Meier, A./J. Pahlitzsch/L. Reinfandt (eds): Islamische Stiftungen zwischen juristischer Norm und sozialer Praxis, Berlin 2009 (Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 100 [2010], pp. 342-5).

Hillenbrand, R./S. Auld (eds): Ayyubid Jerusalem: The Holy City in Context 1187-1250, London 2009 (Bulletin of SOAS 73/1 [2010], pp. 208-10).

Möhring, H.: Saladin. The Sultan and his Time, 1138-1193, transl. David S. Bachrach, Balti-more 2008 (International History Review 31/4 [2009], pp. 838-9).

Weintritt, O.: Arabische Geschichtsschreibung in den arabischen Provinzen des Osmanischen Reiches (16.-18. Jahrhundert), Hamburg-Schenefeld 2008 (Bulletin of SOAS 72/3 [2009], pp. 562-3).

Lev, Y.: Charity, Endowments, and Charitable Institutions in Medieval Islam, Gainesville (FL) 2005 (The American Historical Review 114/2 [2009], p. 515).

Milwright, M.: The Fortress of the Raven: Karak in the Middle Islamic Period (1100-1650), Leiden/Boston 2008 (Bulletin of SOAS 72/2 [2009], pp. 401-3).

Shagrir, I/R. Ellenblum/J. Riley-Smith (eds): In laudem Hierosolymitani: Studies in Crusades and Medieval Culture in Honour of Benjamin Z. Kedar, Aldershot/Burlington 2007 (Bulletin of SOAS 71/3 [2008], pp. 572-3).

al-Hiyari, Mustafa: Salah al-Din: al-Qa’id wa-‘asruhu, Beirut: Dar al-gharb al-islami 1994 and Sulayman, Nu’man al-Tayyib: Manhaj Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi fi al-hukm wa-al-qiyada, Cairo: Matba’at al-Husayn al-islamiya, 1991 (al-‘Usur al-wusta - Bulletin of Middle East Medievalists 20/1 [2008], pp. 31-2)

Tor, D. G.: Violent Order: Religious Warfare, Chivalry, and the ‘Ayyar Phenomenon in the Medieval Islamic World, Istanbul/Würzburg 2007 (Bulletin of SOAS 71/2 [2008], pp. 371-2)

Sourdel, D./J. Sourdel-Thomine: Certificats de pèlerinage d’époque Ayyoubide. Contribution à l’histoire de l’idéologie de l’Islam au temps des Croisades. Paris 2006 (Bulletin of SOAS 70/3 [2007], pp. 613-15)

Haridi, A.: Das Paradigma der „islamischen Zivilisation“ – oder die Begründung der deutschen Islamwissenschaft durch Carl Heinrich Becker (1876-1933), Würzburg 2005 (Bulletin of SOAS 69/2 [2006], pp. 321-2).

Franz, K.: Kompilation in arabischen Chroniken. Die Überlieferung vom Aufstand der Zang zwischen Geschichtlichkeit und Intertextualität vom 9. bis ins 15. Jahrhundert, Berlin/New York 2004 (Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 15/3 [2005], pp. 357-8).

Muhammad, Mahmud Salim: Ibn al-Wardi. Adib bilad al-Sham, Damascus 2002 (Mamluk Studies Review 9/2 [2005], p. 229).

Qasim, Qasim Abduh: Fi ta’rikh al-Ayyubiyin wa-l-Mamalik, al-Haram (Giza) 2001 (Mamluk Studies Review 9/1 [2005], pp. 240-2).

Mahmud Badr al-Din al-‘Ayni: ‘Iqd al-juman fi tarikh ahl al-zaman. al-‘Asr al-Ayyubi, Edited by Mahmud Rizq Mahmud, Cairo 2003 (Mamluk Studies Review 8/2 [2004], pp. 213-15).

Richter-Bernburg, L.: Der syrische Blitz. Saladins Sekretär zwischen Selbstdarstellung und Geschichtsschreibung, Beirut 1998 (Der Islam 81/2 [2004], pp. 354-6).

el-Hibri, T.: Reinterpreting Islamic Historiography. Harun al-Rashid and the Narrative of the Abbasid Caliphate, Cambridge 1999 (Der Islam 80/2 [2003], pp. 363-5).

Haarmann, U. (ed.): Geschichte der arabischen Welt, 4th ed., München 2001 (Bibliotheca Orientalis 59/1-2 [2002], pp. 174-6).

Richards, D.S. (trans.): The Rare and Excellent History of Saladin or al-Nawadir al-Sultaniyya wa ‘l-Mahasin al-Yusufiyya by Baha’ al-Din Ibn Shaddad, Aldershot 2001 (Bulletin of SOAS 65/2 [2002], pp. 382-3).

Schauer, A.: Muslime und Franken, Berlin 2000 (Bulletin of SOAS 65/1 [2002], pp. 150-2).