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Prof. Dr. Islam Dayeh

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Seminar for Semitic and Arabic Studies

Arabic Studies

Assistant Professor

Arabic Philology and Islamic Intellectual History

Fabeckstr. 23/25
Room 1.2012
14195 Berlin

Office hours

Prof. Dayeh is on leave until the end of 2023.

Academic Biography - Visiting Professorships - Awards, Fellowships and Grants - Service to the Profession - Academic Activities and Memberships - Supervision of PhD Theses

Academic Biography

2015- Assistant 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)
Positive interim evaluation completed in March 2018  

2012: PhD at the Freie Universität Berlin (Title: „Exegesis as Literary Criticism. Studies in Qur’anic Interpretation and Rhetorical Theory”. Supervisor: Angelika Neuwirth)

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 (al-Sharīʿa wa uṣūl al-dīn) at the University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan

Visiting Professorships

2022: Arcapita Visiting Professor, Middle East Institute, Columbia University (Fall/Winter Semester)
Visiting Professor, Luxembourg School of Religion & Society (April-September)
Visiting Professor, Institute of Islamic Studies, University of Toronto (postponed due to the Covid-pandemic)
2017: Visiting Professor, American University in Cairo, Department of Arabic and Islamic Civilizations (February)
2017: Visiting Professor, University of Turin (Italy), Department of Asian and African Studies (March-April)

Awards, Fellowships and Grants

ERC Consolidator Grant 2021: “KNOW - Polymathy and Interdisciplinarity in Premodern Islamic Epistemic Cultures”

Senior Fellow, Maria Sibylla Merian Centre Conviviality-Inequality in Latin America (Mecila), German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, São Paulo, Brasil (March-November 2023)

Edward W. Said Fellowship, Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University, 2018

John W. Kluge Fellowship, Library of Congress, Washington D.C., March-June 2018

Volkswagen Foundation grant “Originalitätsverdacht? Neue Optionen für die Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften” (February 2018 – January 2019)

Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung Grant for funding international conference on “What was Philology in Arabic?” (FU Berlin, July 2017)

Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung research grant for “The Role of Arabic-Hebrew Translation in the Construction of the Arabic Other and Its Culture in the Eyes of the Jewish Reader, 1881-1966” (with postdoctoral researcher Dr. Huda Abu Much, 2016-17)

Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung research grant for “Code-Switching in Judeo-Arabic Texts” with Dr. Mohamed Ahmed (with postdoctoral researcher Dr. Mohamed Ahmed, 2016-17).

German Research Foundation (DFG) Excellence Award for Junior Research Group on Arabic philology and textual practices in the early modern period, FU Berlin, 2015-2018

DFG conference funding for “Law, History and Philology. Exploring the Congruities between the Muqaddimah of Ibn Khaldun (1406) and the Scienza Nuova of Giambattista Vico (1744)” (Centro Italo-Tedesco, Villa Vigoni, Lago di Como, June 2015)

Max Weber Foundation Travel Grant (Cairo, March 2013), (Cairo, February 2014), (Istanbul, August 2014)

Zukunftsphilologie. Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship (State of Berlin and Forum Transregionale Studien, 2009-2015)

Herzog-Ernst Fellowship at the Forschungsbibliothek, Gotha April-May 2010

Random House Scholarship in Jewish Studies (St Catherine’s College, Oxford, 2008-09

Scholarship from the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies (2008-2009)

CIMO Fellowship at Helsinki University, January-July 2008

Scaliger Fellowship, Library of the University of Leiden, April 2007

KAAD Scholarship, October 2005-March 2009

Service to the Profession

As Expert Reviewer

2013- Advisory Board member, Avicenna Foundation

2018- Peer Reviewer, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

2016-17: Expert Reviewer, European Research Council (ERC)

2017: External Reviewer, EURIAS on behalf of Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin

2013-14: Expert Reviewer, applications for Fellowships at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute for Advanced Study)

2010-14: Selection Committee, Zukunftsphilologie postdoctoral applications

2014: Selection Committee, POINT Fellowships of the Dahlem Research School (FU Berlin)

2013-21: Selection Committee, Gotha Research Library Fellowships (Fritz Thyssen Stiftung)


As Editor and Peer-Reviewer

Executive Editor, Philological Encounters Journal, (Leiden: Brill)

Executive Editor, Philological Encounters Monographs, (Leiden: Brill)

Editorial Board, Tahkik. Journal of Critical Edition of Islamic Manuscripts

Advisory Editorial Board, The Modern Muslim World, Gorgias Press

Regular reviewer for Oxford University Press, Brill, Comparative Literature, Journal of Islamic Studies, al-Abḥāth, Journal of Islamic Ethics, Journal of Islam and Christian Relations, Tabayyun for Philosophical Studies and Critical Theories, and Ostour: Journal for Historical Studies.

Academic Activities and Memberships

2020- Principal Investigator, Friedrich Schlegel Graduiertenschule für Literaturwissenschaftliche Studien

2020- Principal Investigator, Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies

2020- Principal Investigator, Excellence Research Cluster “Temporal Communities. Doing Literature in a Global Perspective” (FU Berlin)

2020- Member, Practices of Commentary, University of Toronto

2020: Member, COST Research Network, People in Motion: Entangled Histories of Displacement across the Mediterranean (1492–1923). “WG2: Ideas in Motion”

2019-21 Associated Investigator, Maria Sibylla Merian Centre Conviviality-Inequality in Latin America (São Paulo and FU Berlin)

2019-20: Member, Beyond Social Cohesion: Exploring Multiple Imaginaries of Living in Diversity (Berlin University Alliance research project)

2019- Advisory Board Member, ERC “The European Qur’an. Islamic Scripture in European Culture and Religion 1150-1850” (funding 2019-2025).

2019-20: Member, Excellence Research Cluster “Temporal Communities. Doing Literature in a Global Perspective” (FU Berlin)

2012-15: 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)

2010- Director, Zukunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship (Forum Transregionale Studien & FU Berlin)

Supervision of PhD Theses


Rossella De Luca, Jirmānūs Farḥāt’s (1670-1732) Philological Approach to the Arabic Language and Maronite Scholarship across the Mediterranean (as first supervisor)


Colinda Lindermann, Between Qāmūs and Tāj al-ʿArūs. Arabic lexicography in the postformative period (as first supervisor, completed 2023)

Sulaiman Adewake Alagunfon, Texts, Contexts, and Scholars: The Classical Arabic Maqāma in Yorubaland, Nigeria (as second supervisor, completed 2023)

Nora K. Schmid, Late Antique Ascetic Knowledge and its Poetics in the Qur’an and Kharijite Thought (as first supervisor, completed 2018)

Kurstin Gatt, Decoding DĀʿISH. An Analysis of Poetic Exemplars and Discursive Strategies of Domination in the Jihadist Milieu (as second supervisor, completed 2019)

Ahmad Bishara, Qur’anic Intertextuality in the Poetry of Mamūd Ghunaym (as second supervisor, completed 2018)

Khedr Ibrahim, Asbāb an-nuzūl und die Problematik der Chronologie des Textes (as first supervisor, completed 2017)

Lectures in Fall Semester 2022 at Columbia University, New York 

  • Forms and Practices of Islamic Knowledge 

Lectures in summer 2022

Lectures in winter 2021/22

Lecture as visiting professor at the Luxembourg School of Religion and Society in winter 2021/22

Lectures in winter 2020/21

Lectures in winter 2019/20

 Lectures in summer 2019

Lectures in winter 2018/19

Lectures in winter 2017/18

Lectures in summer 2017

  • 14293 Seminar
    Tafsir as Source for Intellectual History (Islam Dayeh)
  • 14294 Methodenübung
    Tafsir as Source for Intellectual History (Islam Dayeh)

Lectures in winter 20167/17

  • 14300 Seminar
    Form and Meaning in Qur’anic Exegesis’ (Islam Dayeh)
  • 14301 Übung
    Form and Meaning in Qur’anic Exegesis’ (Islam Dayeh)

Lectures in summer 2016

  • 14291 Lektürekurs
    Introduction to the Recitation and Orthography of the Qur'an (Islam Dayeh)
  • 14294 S/Ü (Seminar/Übung)
    Practices of Arabic-Islamic Scholarship in the Early Modern Period (Islam Dayeh)

Lectures in winter 2015/16

  • 14285 Seminar
    An Introduction to Hadith Criticism (Islam Dayeh)
  • 14286 Übung
    Debates over the Authenticity of Hadith (Islam Dayeh)

Current Research Projects - Completed Research Projects - Papers and Invited Lectures - Organisation of Conferences - Summer and Winter Academies - Resonance

Current Research Projects 

Luther’s Qur’ān. Pro/claiming the Christian Reformation in Early Twentieth Century Cairo

Burhān al-Dīn al-Biqāʿī (1406-1480) and Islamic Intellectual History in the Fifteenth-Century. A study of epistemic convergences and intellectual creativity through the life and works of the Cairene-Damascene polymath Burhān al-Dīn al-Biqāʿī (1406-1480)

The Method of Diaresis in Islamic and Jewish Scholasticism (together with Daniel Boyarin). An exploration of the interactions between medieval and early modern Jewish and Muslim Arab legal theory and hermeneutics

Section co-editor (with Beatrice Gründler and Isabel Toral): “Arabic Philology”, in Philological Practices. A Comparative Historical Lexicon, eds. Glenn Most, Anne Eusterschulte, and Martin Kern, Princeton University Press (expected date of publication 2022)

Zukunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship

Completed Research Projects

Typology – Strategies of Reenactment and Fulfillment in the Milieu of the Qur’an and its Exegesis (with Angelika Neuwirth)

Purity and Order. Islamic Legal Controversies in the Wake of Shabbatai Zwi’s Messianic Movement in Early Modern Yemen. A study of the impact of Jewish messianic movements, Ottoman-Zaydi conflicts and Indian ocean trade on Jewish-Muslim symbiosis in 17th-18th Yemen

Arabic Philology and Textual Practices in the Early Modern Period (DFG Junior Research Group, 2015-19).Concluding international conference and publication.

Reading Wittgenstein in Arabic. A survey and exploration of the Arabic translations, receptions and engagements with Wittgenstein’s thought. Workshop completed; Publication: “Reading Wittgenstein in Arabic”..

Research Associate (2012-15), From Logos zu Kalam: Figuration und Transformation vom Wissen in der Spätantike, FU Berlin/SFB 980 Episteme in Bewegung. (PI: Angelika Neuwirth)

Member (2010-16), Perspectives on the Qur’an: Negotiating Divergent Views of a Shared History, a research field of the EUME research program (Forum Transregionale Studien). (Angelika Neuwirth, Stefan Wild, Nicolai Sinai, et al)

A Critical Edition and Study of Najm al-Dīn al-Ṭūfī’s Ḥallāl al-ʿuqad (with Lejla Demiri)

Papers and Invited Lectures

2022: “Arabic Philology in Cosmopolitan Context”, Princeton University/Renmin University of China, 18 May 2022, online.

2021: “Philological encounters. New perspectives on an old craft”, Consulta universitaria per la Storia delle religioni, 11 March 2021, online.

2019:The Relation between the Christian Reformation and Islam”, Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies, Doha, 20 November, 2019.

2019: “Traditional Philology and Historical-Critical Scholarship”, inaugural conference of ERC The European Qur’an project, Naples, 16-18 October.

2019: “Artefacts as Evidence in Muslim Historical-Legal Scholarship” at conference Antiquarianism in the Islamic World, Bard Graduate Center, New York, 9-10 May, 2019.

2018: Panellist discussing Brinkley Messick’s book Shariʿa Scripts. A Historical Anthropology, Columbia University, 5 December 2018.

2018: Panellist discussing Wael Hallaq’s book Restating Orientalism. A Critique of Modern Knowledge, Columbia University, New York, 17 October 2018.

2017: “What was Philology in Arabic?” opening lecture in conference What was Philology in Arabic? Arabic-Islamic Textual Practices in the Early Modern World”, international conference at Freie Universität Berlin, 13-15 July 2017. 

2017: “Jurjī Zaydān and Evolutionary Linguistics,” Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, 22 February 2017.

2017: “Burhān al-Dīn al-Biqā‘ī (1406-1480) and the Intellectual History of 15th Century Cairo”, American University of Cairo, 4 February 2017.

2016: “Textual Coherence in Classical Arabic Rhetoric and Exegesis” in workshop Art Histories and Terminologies III: Languages, Lexica, Aesthetics, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence 12-13 December 2016.

2016: “‘Arabic as a Living Organism’. Jurjī Zaydān (1861-1914) and the Pathology of Language”, Séminaire Transfers culturels, Ecole normale supérieure, Paris, 18 November 2016.

2016: “Jurjī Zaydān’s Linguistic Thought”, Orient Institute Beirut, 13 October.

2016: “Qur’anic Studies: Traditional and Academic Approaches”. University of Nottingham, 17 September 2016.

2016: “Setting the Qur’ān in Life. On Temporalities of Interpretation” in conference “Time(s) in Comparison” at Freie Universität Berlin, 3-4 June.

2016: “Israel Wolfensohn, Taha Hussain and the Introduction of Semitic Philology in Cairo”, in conference 'Scholarly Personae in the History of Orientalism, 1870-1930', organised by Herman Paul, at the University of Leiden, 28-29 January.

2015: “Burhān al-Dīn al-Biqāʿī’s (d. 885/1480) Engagement with the Works of Ibn Taymiyya (d. 728/1328) and Ibn al-Qayyim (d. 751/1350)”, at workshop “Ibn Taymiyya among the Mamluks and the Ottomans: Reception, Transmission, State of the Art” organised by Caterina Bori, June 8, Università di Bologna.

2015: “Ibn Khaldun on Linguistic Purity, Decay and Universal Rules”, in symposium on “Law, History and Philology
Exploring the Congruities between the Muqaddima of Ibn Khaldun (d. 1406) and the Scienza Nuova of Giambattista Vico (d. 1744)” 4-6 June, Centro Italo-Tedesco, Villa Vigoni, Lago di Como.

2015: “The Arabic-Islamic Manuscript Tradition and the Rise of the Professional Editor (al-Muhaqqiq) in 19th- and 20th-Century Egypt” at Print Culture and Islamic Thought, 1850–1950, Zentrum Moderne Orient, Berlin May 8-9 2015 (organized by Ahmed El Shamsy)

2015: “The Arabic Manuscript Tradition and the Rise of the Professional Editor (al-Muhaqqiq) in 19th and 20th century Egypt”, Arabic Studies Seminar (organised by Muhsin al-Musawi), Columbia University, 9 April 2015.

2015: “The Print Revolution in Egypt and the Rise of Professional Editors: the Arabic-Islamic Manuscript Tradition in Print”, Institute of Islamic Studies, University of Toronto, 30 March 2015.

2014: “The Role of “Probability” in Islamic Legal Casuistry. The Case of the Coffee and Tobacco Controversy in the Early Modern Ottoman”, at the international conference “Norms and Exceptions: A Comparative Approach to Casuistry”, organised by Carlo Ginzburg, Florence, 11-13 December, 2014.

2014: “Shabbatai Zwi's messianic movement and the Jews of Yemen, 17th-19th Century”, University of Bonn, 14 March 2014.

2014: “Global Humanities and Philological Encounters”, in workshop on “How to Define Cultural Dynamics”, Dahlem Humanities Centre, FU Berlin, 24 January 2014.

2013: “Is there Takhyīl in the Qur’an? Exegesis and Literary Criticism in Twentieth-Century Cairo”, conference ‘Claiming Tradition: Modern Re-Readings of the Classical Islamic Heritage”, Pembroke College Oxford 27-28 September 2013.

2013: “The Philological Turn in the Study of Religion”, Department of Religion, University of Utrecht, 18 September 2013.

2013: “Philology and New Philology” [in Arabic] in International Conference of al-Rabita al-Muhammadiyya (Morocco), Rabat 26-27 June 2013.

2013: “Israel Wolfensohn, Taha Hussain and the Introduction of Semitic Philology in Cairo”, in ‘Semitic Philology’ conference, Berlin 19 June 2013.

2013: “Argumentation Through Division: The Method of Diaresis in Islamic and Jewish Scholasticism” (with Daniel Boyarin), Berlin 17 June 2013.

2013: “Aspects of Pre-Modern Islamic Antiquarianism” in “Was there ‘Antiquarianism’ in the Medieval Islamic World? Workshop, Berlin, 30 May 2013.

2013: “The Qur’anic Polemic Against Animal Sacrifice. A Close Reading of Surat al-An’am (Q6)" at conference: “The Return to Origins: The Qur’an’s reformation of Judaism and Christianity”, University of Nottingham, 20-21 January 2013.

2012: “The flower of Arabic philology and its Persian fruit: Siraj al-din Ali Khan Arzu’s (d.1756) appropriation in his ‘Musmir’ of Jalal al-din al-Suyuti’s (d. 1505) Al-Muzhir” (with Prashant Keshavmurthy), at 22nd conference of the European Association of South Asian Studies, 25-28 July 2012 Lisbon, Portugal.

2012: "Individuals as Actors and the Global Transfer of Knowledge", 24 May 2012. Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (Paper and panel discussion).

2012: Panelist and discussant in conference on “Episteme der Theologie Interreligiös: Offenbarung und Religion”, University of al-Azhar and the German Orient Institut Beirut, Cairo, 27-29 April 2012.

2012: “Law as Divine Retribution”, in conference on “Legal Heterodoxy in Islamic and Jewish History, UC Berkeley School of Law, April 23-24, 2012.

2008: “The Restoration of the Law: Sūrat al-An‘ām as National Self-Criticism”, Literatur als Palimpsest. Internationale Symposium zu Ehren von Angelika Neuwirth, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften Berlin, 10.11.2008.

2008: “Projects of Reconciliation and Reform in Secular Contexts: Recent examples from Islam, Christianity and Judaism” at Workshop of the research program Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe, held at the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin, Islam, the Qur’an and Late Secularism, 12 June 2008.

2007: “Intertextuality in the Qur’an”, International Conference in Qur’anic Studies. School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 7-9 November 2007.

2007: “Al-Biqā‘ī’s Scriptural Hermeneutics”, Summer School: Literary and Historical Approaches to the Qur’an and the Bible, organized by the research program Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe of the Institute for Advanced Study Berlin, Istanbul 2-12 September 2007. (Directors: Angelika Neuwirth & Stefan Wild)

2007: “Julius Wellhausen and the Study of Islam”, conference: Islam and the History of Religions: The Legacies of Ignaz Goldziher, Ernest Renan and Julius Wellhausen and the Study of Islam, conference held at the Central European University, Budapest, May 11-13, 2007.

2007: “The Qur’an and the Mosaic Law” at conference: Jews, Christians and Pagans in Antiquity – Critique and Apologetics, University of Aarhus, 22-26 January 2007.

2005: “Between Leipzig and Cairo: Notes on Qur’an Printing, Technological Change and Philological Continuity”, Sacred Texts and Print Culture, conference held at the Central European University, Budapest. (2nd-4th December 2005).

Organisation of Conferences

2022: Philology and Archaeology: On Manuscript Collections Unearthed by Archaeology, 24-25 May, Centre Jacques-Berque, Rabat, Morocco.

2021: “Reflections on the Burning Bush. Revelation as an Aesthetic Experience,” Luxembourg School of Religion & Society, 29 September 2021.

2019: "Jewish and Muslim Entangled Histories in Arabia, Yemen and the Indian Ocean", FU Berlin, 22-23 May 2019.

2018: Critical Concepts in the Humanities and Social Sciences”, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies & Freie Universität Berlin, Doha, 18-20 February 2018.

2017: What was Philology in Arabic? Arabic-Islamic Textual Practices in the Early Modern World”, international conference at Freie Universität Berlin, 13-15 July 2017.

2015: Symposium on “Law, History and Philology: Exploring the Congruities between the Muqaddima of Ibn Khaldun (d. 1406) and the Scienza Nuova of Giambattista Vico (d. 1744)” 4-5 June, 2015, Centro Italo-Tedesco, Villa Vigoni, Lago di Como. Organised together Markus Messling (Universitaet Potsdam).

2014: Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Philological Encounters”, co-organised by Islam Dayeh, Pascale Rabault-Feuerhahn and Umar Ryad, Leiden 4-5 June 2014.

2013: Erudition and Commitment. A conference in honour of Angelika Neuwirth on her 70th Birthday”, 7 December 2013. Forum Transregional Studien & Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften. (together with Georges Khalil, Christian Junge & Barbara Winckler).

2013: Semitic Philology within European Intellectual History: Constructions of Race, Religion and Language in Scholarly Practice”, together with Dahlem Humanities Centre, June 19-21, 2013.

2013: At the Threshold of Rabbinic Law: Liminality and Textuality in Jewish and Islamic Legal Cultures”, (together with Daniel Boyarin) Zukunftsphilologie/Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin, 17 June 2013 .

2013: Was there ‘Antiquarianism’ in the Islamic World?” (with Peter Miller and Martin Mulsow), Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin 30 May 2013.

2013: Commentary Cultures: Technologies of Medieval Reading”, 16-17 May 2013 (together with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science).

2012:Reading Wittgenstein in Arabic” Arabic-English-German workshop, FU Berlin, 11-12 May 2012.

2011:How different is the other? Perceptions of Religious and Ethnic Difference in the 18th century Ottoman World”, (together with Lejla Demiri and Firas Kremsty) 15-16 July 2011, Berlin.

Summer and Winter Academies

2021: Mentor, In Search of the Reader: New Approaches to Practices, Functions and Histories of Reading in Arabic Literature, Arts, Media and Culture,International Bilingual Summer School, organized by Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 16-20 August (online).

2015: Director, “World Scripts: Concepts and Practices of Writing from a Comparative Perspective”, 4-14 September 2015, Cape Town.

2012: Director, “Philologies Across the Asias: The Transmission, Transformation and Translation of Knowledge in the Early Modern World”, 10-21 December 2012, Delhi.

2010: Director, “Textual Practices Beyond Europe, 1500-1900”, 5-16 December 2010, Cairo.


Philological Encounters between Ibn Khaldun and Giambattista Vico, alaraby al-jadīd (15.04.2020)

Die Welt in Konzepten, campus.leben (23.03.2018)

Critical Concepts, al-araby al-jadīd (18.02.2018)

Entdecker der verlorenen Texte, campus.leben (31.07.2017)

Fostering Transregional Research in the Humanities, Trafo blog and Max Weber Stiftung Magazine (17.01.2014)

Philologie neu denken, campus.leben (01.02.2013)


Editorship - Monographs - Edited Volumes and Special Issues - Articles - Translations - Book reviews - Maps - Conference Reports


2016- Founder and Chief Editor, Philological Encounters, Leiden: Brill, 4 issues annually

2016- Series Editor, Philological Encounters Monographs, Leiden: Brill

2021- Curator, Philological Conversations series, TRAFO Blog for Transregional Studies


2022: Purity and Order. Islamic Legal Controversies in the Wake of Shabbatai Zwis Messianic Movement in Early Modern Yemen (Leiden: Brill, under contract).

2016: Najm al-Dīn al- al-ūfī, allāl al-ʿuqad fī bayān akām al-muʿtaqad, annotated edition and introduced (with Lejla Demiri), Orient Institute Beirut: Klaus Schwarz Verlag, 2016. (reviewed by Jibreel A. Delgado in the Journal of Near Eastern Studies 77, 1 (2018), 149-151)

2012: Exegesis as Literary Criticism. Studies in Quranic Interpretation and Rhetorical Theory (Dissertation, Freie Universität Berlin)

Edited Volumes and Special Issues

2022: Prefiguration and Fulfilment in the Quran and its Biblical Milieu, co-edited with Angelika Neuwirth, Routledge, forthcoming.

2021: “Reading Wittgenstein in Arabic” (أن نقرأ فتغنشتاين عربيا), special issue of Tabayyun for Philosophical Studies and Critical Theories.

2020: “Early Modern ‘New Sciences’: Inquiries into Ibn Khaldun and Giambattista Vico,” co-edited with Markus Messling, Philological Encounters, vol. 5, issue 1.

2019: Section co-editor (with Beatrice Gründler and Isabel Toral): “Arabic Philology,” in Philological Practices. A Comparative Historical Lexicon, eds. Glenn Most, Anne Eusterschulte, and Martin Kern, Princeton University Press (expected in 2023)

2019: “What was Philology in Arabic?”, special issue of Philological Encounters, vol. 4, 1-2 & 3-4.


2022: “Philology and Microhistory: A Conversation with Carlo Ginzburg”, Philological Encounters, vol. 7, 2022, 197-232.

2021: “Koranstudien in der Begegnung zwischen Politik und Philologie”, in Islamische Theologie in Deutschland, ed. M. Khalfoui & J. Ehret, Herder Verlag, 273-286.

2021: “Wittgenstein in Arabic: A Bibliography”, Tabayyun 37, 223-227.

2021: “Wittgenstein as a Teacher. The Pedagogical Background of Wittgenstein’s Anthropological Philosophy” [in Arabic], Tabayyun 37, 133-167.

2021: “Reading Wittgenstein in Arabic: An Introduction” [in Arabic], in Tabayyun, issue 37, 7-14.

2019: “From Taṣḥīḥ to Taḥqīq: Toward a History of the Arabic Critical Edition.” Philological Encounters, vol. 5, 2019, 245-299.

2019: “Islamic Casuistry and Galenic Medicine: Hashish, Coffee and the Emergence of the Jurist-Physician” in A Historical Approach to Casuistry: Norms and Exceptions in a Comparative Perspective, hg. von Carlo Ginzburg, Bloomsbury, 2019, 132-150.

2019: “Prophecy and Writing in the Qurʾān, or: Why Muhammad was not a Scribe”, in Return to the Origins. The Qurʾans Reformation of Judaism and Christianity (hg. von Holger Zellentin), Routledge 2019.

2018: “Reading Ibn Taymiyya in Granada. A Study of Inexplicit Citation,” in special issue on Ibn Taymiyya Among the Mamluks and Ottomans (hg. von Caterina Bori), Muslim World, 2018, 154-171.

2017: Introduction to special issue Formations of the Semitic: Race, Religion and Language in Early Modern European Scholarship, Philological Encounters, issue 3-4, 199-200.

2016: “‘Ilal al-lugha: Riḥlat Jurjī Zaydān min al-bathalūjiya ilā al-filulūjiya [Jurjī Zaydān’s Journey from Pathology to Philology],” al-Abāth, 64, 2016, 9-30.

2016: “‘Arabic as a Living Organism’: Jurjī Zaydān (1861-1914) and the Pathology of Language,” in Geschichte der Germanistik, Historische Zeitschrift für die Philologien, 49/50, 2016, 66-76.

2016: “Introducing Philological Encounters, Philological Encounters vol. 1, 2016, 1-3.

2016: “The Potential of World Philology,” Philological Encounters, vol. 1, 2016, 396-418.

2014: “Zu den Aufgaben einer Weltphilologie,” Geschichte der Germanistik: Historische Zeitschrift für die Philologien, 45/45, 2014, 97-107.

2010: “Al-Hawāmīm: Intertextuality and Coherence in Meccan Suras,” in The Quran in Context, hg. von Angelika Neuwirth et al, Leiden: Brill, 2010, 461-498.


2010: German to English translation of Omar Hamdan, “The second Masāhif-Project. A Step towards the canonization of the Qur’anic Text.” (German: Das Zweite Maṣāḥif Projekt: Ein Beitrag zur Kanonisierung des Koran), in Angelika Neuwirth, Sinai and Marx, The Qurān in Context, Leiden: Brill, 2010, 795-835.

2007: English to Arabic translation (together with Moez Khalfaoui) of Mark Cohen, Under Crescent and Cross: The Jews in the Middle Ages, Dar al-Jamal: Beirut 2007. 454 pages.

Book reviews

2008: Walid Saleh, In Defence of the Bible: A Critical Edition and an Introduction to al-Biqāīs Bible Treatise (Leiden 2008),” reviewed in Journal of Quranic Studies, 10.2, 2008, 101-106.

2007: “Bassam al-Jamal, Asbāb al-nuzūl ilman min ulūm al-qurān (Beirut 2005),” reviewed in Journal of Quranic Studies 9.1, 2007, 111-116.

2007: Omar Hamdan (ed.) Mufradat al-Ahwāzī (Amman 2006),” reviewed in Journal of Quranic Studies 9.2, 2007, 104-108.


2014: Four historical maps of pre-Islamic Arabia published in Aziz al-Azmeh, The Emergence of Islam in Late Antiquity, Cambridge University Press, 2014. (cartographic research and design for Map 1. Territories of the Arabs, c. 600 (xxii-xxiii); Map 2. West and Central Arabia c. 600 (p.155); Map 3. Arab cultic locations c. 600 according to Ibn al-Kalbī (p.174-5); Map. 4 Pilgrimage at Mecca, c. 600, 632 (p. 330)).

Conference Reports

Cape Town Winter Academy 2015 Report “World Scripts: Concepts and Practices of Writing from a Comparative Perspective”

Delhi Winter Academy 2011 Report “Philologies Across the Asias: The Translation, Transmission and Transformation of Knowledge in the Early Modern World”

Cairo Winter Academy 2010 Report “Textual Practices Beyond Europe 1500-1900