Mysticism Comes to School

Notes on a Work in Progress, by Simon Conrad PhD student at Princeton University   icon-calen Tuesday October 20ᵗʰ, 2020 When he returned from Cambridge in 1930 with his doctorate in his pocket after nine years of study, Abū al-ʿIlā ʿAfīfī (1897‒1966) was determined to introduce Sufi studies at the Egyptian

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A first reading of Le Coran des historiens (Cerf, 2019)

Adrien de Jarmy PhD candidate at Sorbonne Université, IDEO/IFAO Fellow icon-calendar Tuesday February 11ᵗʰ, 2020 While the classical Muslim exegetical tradition considers the Qurʾān as a starting point, and focuses on clarifying its obscure points by referring to the life of the Prophet and His sayings, the contemporary tendency of

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Relics and the Religious Topography of Cairo

Richard McGregor Professor of Islamic Studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville icon-calendar Tuesday November 26ᵗʰ, 2019 Thanks to the precise study of the path and destiny of certain relics (the heads of al-Ḥusayn,  Muḥammad b. Ibn Abī Bakr or Alī Zayn al-ʿĀbidīn, prayer mats, footprints, turbans…), it is possible to

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The History of Devotion to the Prophet Muḥammad through its Manuscripts

N. A. Mansour PhD candidate at Princeton University icon-calendar Wednesday November 13ᵗʰ, 2019 N. A. Mansour, whose PhD dissertation deals with the transition from manuscripts to printed books, focused during this seminar on what is probably the most popular book in the Islamic tradition: Dalāʾil al-ḫayrāt wa-šawāriq al-anwār fī ḏikr

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Analyzing the Emergence of Muḥammad’s Authority in the Maġāzī Literature

Adrien de Jarmy PhD candidate at Sorbonne Université, IDEO/IFAO Fellow 2019‒2020 icon-calendar Wednesday October 30ᵗʰ, 2019 Using a quantitative method, which includes traditions related to the Prophet and the Companions, and measures their distribution in ancient works of the Muslim tradition, Adrien de Jarmy tries to identify the political-religious thresholds

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A Word of Explanation on the Language and Grammar of the Qurʾān

Dr. Abd al-Hakim Radi, Professor of Arabic Literature, Literary Criticism, and Rhetoric in the Department of Arts at Cairo University and member of the Arabic Language Academy in Cairo Jean Druel, O.P., Director of IDEO and scholar in the history of Arabic grammar icon-calendar Tuesday September 10ᵗʰ, 2019 At a

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The place of the sunna in the Risāla of al-Šāfiʿī (d. 204/820)

Dr. Ahmad Wagih Professor at the Faculty of Dār al-ʿUlūm, Cairo University icon-calendar Monday June 24ᵗʰ, 2019 In this book, considered as the foundation of the Islamic legal theory, al-Šāfiʿī (d. 204/820) discusses the position of two distinct and opposing groups, the “Iraqis” and the “Hijazis”, on the question of

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Ibn Taymiyya and the God of the Philosophers

Adrien Candiard, O.P. PhD candidate and IDEO member icon-calendar Tuesday April 23ʳᵈ, 2019 In the ninth volume of his large book Darʾ taʿāruḍ al-ʿaql wa-l-naql, which constitutes a precise and extremely informed refutation of rationalist ideas, Ibn Taymiyya (d. 728/1328) devotes almost fifty pages to the refutation of Aristotle’s metaphysical ideas, as

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