Qur’anic and Hadith studies, Arabic-Islamic Intellectual History, History of scholarship, Modern Arab Thought
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Islam Dayeh is Assistant Professor of Arabic studies at Freie Universität Berlin. His research and teaching focus on Arabic-Islamic textual practices and intellectual history, with a particular focus on the early modern period and the encounter with the European humanities. Islam Dayeh studied at the University of Jordan (BA in Islamic studies), University of Leiden (MA in Religious Studies), and University of Oxford (MSt in Jewish studies), and received his PhD in Arabic studies from Freie Universität Berlin. He is founder and academic director of the research programme “Zukunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship” (Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin). Islam Dayeh has held visiting professorships and fellowships at Columbia University, the American University in Cairo, the University of Turin, the Library of Congress, and the Library of the University of Leiden, among other fellowships.
Islam Dayeh is the Executive Editor of Philological Encounters (Brill).
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)
|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|
Supervision of PhD Theses
Colinda Linderman, Negotiating the Boundaries of Arabic: laḥn and muʿarrab in the Early Modern Period
Rossella De Luca, Jirmānūs Farḥāt’s (1670-1732) Baḥth al-maṭālib: an Innovative Grammar and its Multiple Formats
Nora K. Schmid, Late Antique Ascetic Knowledge and its Poetics in the Qur’an and Kharijite Thought (completed 2018)
Khedr Ibrahim, Asbāb an-nuzūl und die Problematik der Chronologie des Textes (completed 2017)
Awards, Fellowships & Grants
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)
German Research Foundation (DFG) Excellence Award for Research Group on early modern Arabic philology, FU Berlin, 2015-2018
Max Weber Foundation Travel Grant (Cairo, March 2013), (Cairo, February 2014), (Istanbul, August 2014)
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
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.