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Academic Team
29 March 2021

Prof. Dr. Islam Dayeh

Visiting Professor at the LSRS – Professor for Arabic Philology and Islamic Intellectual History




Islam Dayeh is Assistant Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. As a Visiting Professor at the Luxembourg School for Religion & Society, Islam Dayeh develops a new research project that investigates how the interrelations between theology, aesthetics, and history have been conceptualised within the fields of Biblical and Qur’anic exegesis. – Islam Dayeh is director of the international research program Zukunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship (Forum Transregionale Studien Berlin), and the founding editor of the journal and monograph series Philological Encounters (Brill).

Academic titles

  • PhD Arabic and Islamic Studies (Freie Universität Berlin, 2012)
  • MSt Jewish Studies (University of Oxford, 2009)
  • MA Religious Studies (Universiteit Leiden, 2003)
  • BA Islamic Studies (al-Sharīʿa wa uṣūl al-dīn) (University of Jordan, 2003)


  • The Islamic Intellectual Tradition
  • Arabic philology and textual practices
  • The history of Biblical and Qur’anic exegesis
  • History of the Humanities

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

  • Prefiguration and Fulfilment in the Qur’an and its Biblical Milieu, co-edited with Angelika Neuwirth, Routledge 2021, forthcoming.
  • “Reading Wittgenstein in Arabic.” Special issue of Tabayyun for Philosophical Studies and Critical Theories, 2021, forthcoming.
  • Luther’s Koran, in progress.
  • “Early Modern ‘New Sciences’: Inquiries into Ibn Khaldun and Giambattista Vico.” Special issue co-edited with Markus Messling, Philological Encounters, vol. 5, 2020, issue 1.
  • “From Taṣḥīḥ to Taḥqīq: Toward a History of the Arabic Critical Edition.” In Philological Encounters, vol. 4, 2019, 245-299.
  • “What was Philology in Arabic?” In Philological Encounters, vol. 5, 2019, 1-2 & 3-4.
  • “Islamic Casuistry and Galenic Medicine: Hashish, Coffee and the Emergence of the Jurist-Physician”, in Carlo Ginzburg (ed.) A Historical Approach to Casuistry: Norms and Exceptions in a Comparative Perspective, Bloomsbury, 2019, 132-150.
  • “Prophecy and Writing in the Qurʾān, or: Why Muhammad was not a Scribe”, in Holger Zellentin (ed.), The Qurʾan’s Reformation of Judaism and Christianity. Return to the Origins, Routledge, 2019, 31-62.
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