Professor

Sabine Schmidtke

School of Historical Studies
Islamic Intellectual History
Affiliation
Historical Studies
Field of Study
Islamic Intellectual History
Home Institution
IAS

Sabine Schmidtke is a scholar of Islamic intellectual history whose pioneering research has transformed perspectives on the interrelations and connections among different strands of intellectual inquiry, across time, place, religions, and philosophical schools. She has played a central role in the exploration of heretofore unedited and unknown theological and philosophical writings. Schmidtke has applied rigorous study to the edition and critical analysis of manuscripts in Arabic, Judeo-Arabic, and Persian, and her work extends from Arabic-speaking countries to Israel, Iran, Russia, and Turkey. Schmidtke is currently working on the history of Islamic thought in the post-classical period (thirteenth to nineteenth century), with a focus on reconstructing the textual heritage and the intellectual import of the Islamic intellectual world, from Iran and Central Asia to Turkey and Spain. She is also engaged in a comprehensive study of the Muslim reception of the Bible, a topic on which she has published extensively over the past years.

Dates at IAS

Faculty: Historical Studies

7/2014current

Member: Historical Studies

9/20136/2014

Member: Historical Studies

9/20086/2009
Degrees
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Habilitation, 1999
University of Oxford D.Phil., 1990
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London M.A., 1987
Honors
Awards: Dahlem Research School, Award for Excellent Supervision 2011; Written Heritage Centre, Prize for Scholarly Achievement in the Study of Twelver Shi'ism 2006; Islamic Republic of Iran, World Prize of the Book 2002
Editorships: Biblia Arabica: Texts and Studies, Editor-in-Chief; Intellectual History of the Islamicate World, Editor-in-Chief; Shii Studies Review, Executive Editor
Fellowships: Leiden University, Centre for the Study of Islam and Society, LUCIS Visiting Fellow 2013; Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, Fellow-in-Residence 2012; Tel Aviv University, The Mortimer and Raymond Sackler Institute of Advanced Studies, Sackler Scholar 2011
Memberships: Laboratoire d’études sur les Monothéismes, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Appointments
Freie Universität Berlin 1999–2014 Research Unit Intellectual History of the Islamicate World, Founding Director 2011–14, Professor 2002–14, Visiting Professor 1999–2001
German Foreign Office 1991–1999 Diplomat