Fourth New Frontiers in Islamic Studies, German-Israeli Summer School (15-19 September 2014)

Freie Universität Berlin (Research Unit Intellectual History of the Islamicate
World) and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (The Institute of Asian and
African Studies, The Nehemia Levtzion Center for Islamic Studies) solicit
applications for:

The fourth NEW FRONTIERS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES German-Israeli Summer School,
funded by the Einstein-Stiftung, Berlin

*The transmission of ideas between religious communities in the medieval world
of Islam*

15-19 September 2014 at Freie Universitat Berlin

Jews, Christians, and Muslims, the educated elite as well as uneducated masses,
had Arabic (and at times Persian) as their common language and therefore
naturally shared a similar cultural background. Often reading the same books
and all speaking and writing in the same language, they created a unique
intellectual commonality in which an ongoing, constant exchange of ideas,
texts, and forms of discourse beyond communal barriers was the norm.
This characteristic of the medieval world of Islam – which created what has
aptly been described as a “whirlpool effect” or a “crosspollination”
– requires that the study of the intellectual tradition of any of the three
monotheistic religions disregard religious borders and that the one-dimensional
perspective that still prevails in modern research be replaced by true
multi-dimensionalism. The same applies for the so-called “Eastern
Question”, i.e., the Muslims’ interaction with the intellectual traditions
of the East, i.e., Iranian, Indian, Central Asian and perhaps even further
East, and the people who transmitted and developed them. The purpose of the
School will be to familiarize the student participants with an integrative
approach to the historiography of intellectual developments in the medieval,
post-medieval and early modern period. Such a methodology requires first of all
that the various intellectual histories be read together in order to analyze
the ways in which their thought was formed and fashioned. Only such an
integrative approach can allow us to fully grasp the various multidimensional
flows of ideas and their respective transformation. In addition to the
philosophical/theological analysis of the material in question, the social
aspects of the transmission of writings particularly beyond communal barriers
shed an important light on the ways in which these processes of transmission
took place. Through a number of exemplary topics, this methodological approach
will be presented to the participants.

Convenors: Prof. Sabine Schmidtke (Freie Universit?t Berlin), Prof. Reuven
Amitai (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Coordinator: Ronny Vollandt

For further information and application please see http://www.ihiw.de/w/e/summerschool/ or contact Ronny Vollandt (
ronny.vollandt@fu-berlin.de)

Applications, which should include CV, brief statement on current research
project, and letter of motivation, will be accepted until 1 April 2014.

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Dr Ronny Vollandt
Research Unit Intellectual History of the Islamicate World Freie Universit?t
Berlin Altensteinstr. 40
D-14195 Berlin
Tel. +49-30-83859760
Fax +49-30-83852830

Camille Rhoné

Agrégée d'histoire, titulaire d'une thèse de doctorat en histoire de l'Islam médiéval ("Défendre le territoire en Iran nord-oriental - Khorassan et Transoxiane -, IXe-XIe siècle"), Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

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