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“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

Did Ibn Ṭūlūn read Ibn Iyās? A manuscript from Paris

One obvious course in establishing a scholar’s importance as well as his intellectual biography is the search for manuscript copies of his works. Whereas this step of my project is mostly finished, a recent attendance at a codicology workshop at the IFAO in Cairo did bring up this topic once more. I am grateful to IFAO’s own Robin Seignobos who pointed me to MS Paris, BnF, Or. 3973, which contains a text on Nile tides ascribed to one Shams al-Dīn Muḥammad al-Dimashqī al-Ḥanafī (fols. 170-189). He … Continue reading Did Ibn Ṭūlūn read Ibn Iyās? A manuscript from Paris

Frohes neues Jahr!

Auf diesem Wege allen Leserinnen und Lesern einen guten Start ins neue Jahr! Happy new year! Bonne année! Künftig kommen die Inhalte dieses Blogs nicht mehr aus Paris, sondern aus Lübeck, wo ich seit Anfang des Jahres an der Hochschule des Bundes für öffentliche Verwaltung, Fachbereich Bundespolizei, Politikwissenschaft unterrichte. From now on, the content for this blog will no longer come from Paris, but from Lübeck, where I started working at the German Federal University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of the Federal Police. Depuis …

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Chinese-European Academic Lecture No. 184

Abstract: Both Emperors, Huizong and Qianlong, maintain a reputation as artists, collectors, and art patrons. As this paper will try to show, collecting ancient objects, however, became a decisive element of their mode of rulership. In Imperial China, collecting was early tied to the notion of ordering the world by setting out a microcosmic image of it represented by the very objects that were collected. Ancient bronze vessels or jade objects allowed for an imaginative yet powerful appropriation of a foregone past that was […]

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


Morgen ist mein letzter Tag am DHI Paris, bevor es dann in die Weihnachtspause geht. Am 2.1. beginnt meine neue Stelle an der Hochschule des Bundes für öffentliche Verwaltung, Fachbereich Bundespolizei, in Lübeck. Meine neuen Kontaktdaten werde ich hier rechtzeitig bekanntgeben. Eine Anpassung und Umstrukturierung dieser Seite erfolgt im Laufe des Monats Januar 2018. Demain sera mon dernier jour à l’IHA Paris avant de partir en vacances de noël. Le 2 janvier, je vais prendre ma nouvelle fonction à l’haute école fédérale allemande de la …

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Final Report on my Visiting Scholarship for Master Students, by Monett Reißig

Monett Reißig’s experience of the visiting scholarship for master’s Students at the German Historical Institute Location: Paris, France Home university: Freie Universität Berlin Study field: early modern era, research group: “Practices of Power and Interpersonal Relationships at Dynastic Centres (1500–1800)” (Dr. Pascal Firges) Scholarship duration: 01.07.-20.11.2016   Last year, I was lucky enough to participate in the German Historical Institute’s (GHI) visiting scholarship programme for master’s students. The students receive a monthly allowance of 1.200€ from the institute for this research residency, which was …

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Deadline for surveys extended

The OPERAS consortium has extended the deadline for its surveys to gather more detailed information on the usage and needs regarding open scholarly communication, in particular in the Social Sciences and Humanities. We are…

Abdankungen in Memmingen, II

Wie die Abdankung des kurbayerischen Regiments Winterscheid im Herbst 1649 ablief, läßt sich gut rekonstruieren (vgl.“Abdankungen in Memmingen, I“, in: dk-blog, 4. Dezember 2017, https://dkblog.hypotheses.org/?p=1232). Auch die Motive der Beteiligten sind klar, ebenso sind viele Hintergründe nachvollziehbar. Nicht verschweigen möchte … Weiterlesen

“Combattre après 1918. France, Allemagne”

Prochaine conférence dans le cadre de “Les sorties de guerre. France, Allemagne, Europe 1917-1923”, cycle organisé conjointement par l’Institut historique allemand et la Mission du centenaire de la Première Guerre mondiale (vers le programme).  Frédéric Guelton (SHD, Vincennes) analysera…