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NEW:  Events Blog 2 July 2015






1-3 July 2015 Pisa, Scuola Normale Superiore

A Cross Between East and West






Visualization of the Heavens

Panel at 14th ICHSEA, Paris, July 6-10, 2015

Convenors: Sonja Brentjes & Dagmar Schäfer



Summer Seminar "Science and Religion" at Abraham Kuyper Center, VU University, Amsterdam

August 17-20, 2015 

VU University Amsterdam
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands






Digital Islamic Humanities Project

Brown University, Providence, RI



Manuscript@CSIC, Hebrew manuscripts, Arabic manuscripts, Aljamiado manuscripts, Persian manuscripts, Turkish manuscripts



Serai. Premodern Encounters



A Database of the Ottoman Documents at the Kaeireios Library of Andros, Greece



The Dragomans Renaissance Research Platform 



New research project, headed by Don Harper and Jacob Eyferth at the University of Chicago



Ibn Abi Usaybi'a (1203-1270), Kitāb ʿUyūn al-anbāʾ fī ṭabaqāt al-aṭibbāʾ

research project at the Universities of Oxford and Warrick, funded by the Wellcome Trust



Alexander Fidora, Autonomous University of Barcelona, ERC Project: The Latin Talmud and its Influence on Christian-Jewish Polemic.



Global Transfer of Knowledge and the Globalization of Knowledge, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, 2012 






https://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:6652990/sounds.rss. #sthash.lodZX2w0.dpuf


Alexander Fidora: On the Epistemology of Prognostic Disciplines in the Latin Middle Ages. Erlangen, 2014. (The video can be uploaded via the link.)



Michael Stanley-Baker: Doctors, Daoists and Deviants in Early Medieval China 


Welcome to this new project!

Title image with Aristotle, Galen, Plato and Ahiqar, named in Arabic and Syriac (from right to left); author: Ibn Jazla (died in 1100 in Baghdad); title: 
The Almanac of Bodily Parts for the Treatment of People
MS University of Glasgow, Hunter 40
The Arabic text was written in Syriac script (Karshuni) in the 15th century.Title image with Aristotle, Galen, Plato and Ahiqar, named in Arabic and Syriac (from right to left); author: Ibn Jazla (died in 1100 in Baghdad); title: The Almanac of Bodily Parts for the Treatment of People MS University of Glasgow, Hunter 40 The Arabic text was written in Syriac script (Karshuni) in the 15th century.

This project is run by historians of the intellectual history in Islamicate societies between the seventh and the nineteenth centuries. The reason for engaging here in a popular representation of our research is the ever growing amount of false information and evaluation of all fields of intellectual activities in Islamicate societies before 1900.


Glorification, exaggeration, misrepresentation of the relations between the sciences, philosophy and religion as well as simple factual errors dominate most of the websites as well as popular books and exhibitions.


But we also wish to reach out to other cultures, because we believe that they too are often misrepresented by amateurs, ideologues, and commercial agencies. Hence, we chose the general name Science, Religion, Culture for our project. We hope that many colleagues will contribute to any of these three themes for the cultures they study.

Call for Papers




Khaled El-Rouayheb, Islamic Intellectual History in the Seventeenth Century. Scholarly Currents in the Ottoman Empire and the Maghreb,  Cambridge University Press, September 2015.


Islamic Intellectual History in the Seventeenth Century
  • ISBN: 9781107042964


Liana Saif, The Arabic Influences on Early Modern Occult Philosophy, Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic

September 2015. 

ISBN 9781137399465


The Arabic Influences on Early Modern Occult Philosophy introduces Arabic medieval astrological and magical theories formulated mainly in The Great Introduction to the Judgements of the Stars by Abu Ma'shar al-Balkhi (787-886), De radiis by Ya'qub ibn Ishaq al-Kindi (801-873), and the Picatrix by Maslama al-Qurtubi (d. 964). Liana Saif investigates their influence on early modern occult philosophy, particularly the works of Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499), Pico della Mirandola (1463-1494), and John Dee (1527-c. 1608). The Arabic theories of astral influences provided a naturalistic explanation of astral influences and magical efficacy based on Aristotelian notions of causality. In addition, this book explores how this causality was reconciled with astrological hermeneutics, Neoplatonic emanationism, and Platonic eschatology, thus demonstrating the complexity of early modern occult philosophy and its syncretism.


Ahmed Ragab, The Medieval Islamic Hospital. Medicine, Religion, and Charity, Cambridge University Press. September 2015.

 ISBN 9781107109605

The Medieval Islamic Hospital



Completed Research Projects


Alexander Fidora, ICREA Research Professor, Autonomous University of Barcelona



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