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Teaching ḥadīth: Ibn Ṭūlūn and the Thulāthiyyāt genre

This week I return to Garret Davidson’s dissertation on post-canonical ḥadīth transmission. Davidson offers a wonderful overview of the genres involved in establishing elevated, i.e. short, chains of transmission and the status that these brought for people who had access to them. While these genres could amount to very different scopes and sizes, it is safe to say that in this context small-scale hadith collections occupied a central position. These often would include the most elevated and thus sought-after chains a well-aged transmitter had … Continue reading Teaching ḥadīth: Ibn Ṭūlūn and the Thulāthiyyāt genre

“Zu Asche, zu Staub”: Babylon Berlin and Weimar Nostalgia

The new German television series Babylon Berlin, the most expensive ever to come out of Germany, has been a popular as well as critical success, celebrated for its high production values and style. Based on a series of detective novels by Volker Kutscher set in the dying days of the Weimar Republic, it has raised questions about the German past and the way it is represented today. Why does a television series like this come out now? And what does this say about our … Continue reading “Zu Asche, zu Staub”: Babylon Berlin and Weimar Nostalgia

“Speed reading” of hadith

I have recently been reading Garrett Davidson’s exciting PhD thesis “Carrying on the Tradition: An Intellectual and Social History of Post-Canonical Hadith Transmission“. It attempts – very successfully – a reassessment of the methods, purposes, and underlying logic of hadith transmission once the canon was fixed with the compilation of the canonical six books. It contains a plethora of points pertinent to Ibn Tulun’s oeuvre, and I will address some more in the future, such as how the devotional character of reciting hadith as … Continue reading “Speed reading” of hadith

Teller als Erinnerungsstücke

Ein Teller ist zunächst einmal ein Gebrauchsgegenstand. Seine Fläche eignet sich aber auch vorzüglich für Abbildungen. Wir kennen dies heutzutage von zahllosen Beispielen, die von Urlaubssouvenirs über Kinderteller bis hin zu Fanartikeln von Fußballclubs, Popstars oder royalen Persönlichkeiten reichen. Nun … Weiterlesen

Carte de lecteur N° 260

Letzte Woche erlebte das Bibliotheksteam eine Überraschung, als ein Leser seine Benutzerkarte aus den 1990er Jahren zückte. Unter der Nummer 260 wurde dem ehemaligen Studenten am 14. Oktober 1993 eine Ersatzkarte ausgestellt – eingeschrieben war er zu …

The Wigan Pier Heritage Centre

Fifteen miles west of Manchester, seven miles south-east of Wigan, Leigh is the opposite of a tourist destination: a working-class town without any sights. Under a dreary, dark-grey, drizzling December sky, Leigh appeared to me less like a Lancastrian than a Lovecraftian town—only that there was no sea, no nature, nowhere to escape, just street after street of terraced houses. What once must have been a lively town centre felt like a cemetery. Of the Victorian and Edwardian music halls, cinemas and pubs only … Continue reading The Wigan Pier Heritage Centre

Zwei Rehe für Tilly

Es war ohne Zweifel eine nette Geste: Johann Casimir von Anhalt-Dessau hatte dem Feldherrn Tilly zwei Rehe zugesandt. Dieser antwortete am 20. März 1631 an den Fürsten, um sich für das überschickte Wildbret zu bedanken (Landesarchiv Sachsen-Anhalt, Dessau: Z 44, … Weiterlesen