Biography

Dr. Stephen R. Burge
Area of focus:
  1. Hadith studies
  2. Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti
  3. Angels
  4. Hermeneutics
  5. Qur'anic Exegesis
  6. Literary Theory

Introduction

Stephen Burge joined the Institute of Ismaili Studies as a Research Associate in 2009, having completed his doctorate at the University of Edinburgh. He has published a monograph on angels in Islam, as well as a number of articles on angels, exegesis and interpretation. He is also co-editing and translating a volume of the Anthology of Qur’anic Commentaries Series on the Pillars of Islam, and editing a volume entitled The Meaning of the Word: Lexicology and Qur’anic Exegesis. His main research interests are the works of Jalal al-Dininfo-icon al-Suyuti, hadithinfo-icon studies, tafsir (Qur'anic Exegesis) and angelology. 

 

Books

Angels in Islam: Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti’s al-Haba’ik fi akhbar al-mala’ik (London: Routledge, 2012; Culture and Civilization in the Middle East 31). (external link)

(ed.), The Meaning of the Word: Lexicology and Qur’anic Exegesis, (Oxford University Press, in association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2015; Qur’anic Studies Series 13).

 

Journal Articles

‘Myth, Meaning and the Order of Words: Reading Ḥadīth Collections with Northrop Frye and the Development of Compilation Criticism,’ Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations 27:2 (2016), pp. 213-228.

‘The Search for Meaning: Tafsir, Hermeneutics, and Theories of Reading,’ Arabica 62:1 (2015), pp. 53-73. (external link)

‘Scattered Pearls: Exploring al-Suyuti’s Hermeneutics and Use of Sources in the al-Durr al-manthur fi’l-tafsir bi’l-ma’thur,’ Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 24:2 (2013), pp. 251-296. (external link)

‘Music, Mysticism and Experience: Sufisminfo-icon and “Spiritual” Journeys in Nathaniel Mackey’s Bedouininfo-icon Hornbook’, Comparative Literature 54:2 (2013), pp. 271-302. (external link)

‘Reading between the Lines: The Compilation of Hadit and the Authorial Voice’, Arabica 58 (2011) pp. 168 – 197. (external link)

‘Impurity/Danger!’ Islamic Law and Society 17:3 (2010), pp. 320–49. (external link)

‘‘ZR’L, the Angel of Death and the Ethiopic Apocalypse of Peter’, Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, 19:3 (2010), pp. 217-224. (external link)

‘Angels, Ritual and Sacred Space in Islam’, Comparative Islamic Studies 5:2 (2009), pp. 221–45. (external link)

‘The Angels in Surat al-Mala’ika: Exegeses of Q. 35:1’, Journal of Qur’anic Studies 10 (2008), pp. 50–70. (external link)

‘The Provenance of Suhrawardian Angelology’, Archiv Orientální 76:4 (2008), pp. 435–57.

‘Myth, Meaning and the Order of Words: Reading Hadith Collections with Northrop Frye and the Development of Compilation Criticism,’ Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations 27:2 (2016), pp. 213-228. (external link)

 

Book Chapters

‘The theological dynamics of medieval Christian-Muslim relations’, in David Thomas (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Christian-Muslim Relations (London: Routledge, 2017), pp. 207-215.

‘Islamic’ in Eric Ziolkowski (ed.), The Bible in Folklore Worldwide. I. A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Jewish, European Christian, and Islamic Folklores (Berlin: De Gruyter; 2017), pp. 307-330.

 ‘Evidence of Self-Editing in Jalāl al-Dīn al-Suyūṭī’s Taḥbīr and Itqān: A Comparison of his Chapters on Asbāb al-nuzūl’, in Antonella Ghersetti (ed.), Jalāl al-Dīn al-Suyūṭī: Papers from the First Conference of the School of Mamluk Studies (Leiden: Brill, 2016), pp. 143-181.

‘The Angels’ Roles in Death and Judgement: Al-Suyūṭī’s Approach to Hadith,’ in Amanda Phillips and Refqa Abu Remailleh (eds.), The Meeting Place of British Middle Eastern Studies: Emerging Scholars, Emergent Research and Approaches (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009) pp. 40-59.

‘Introduction: Words, Hermeneutics, and the Construction of Meaning’, in S. R. Burge (ed.), The Meaning of the Word: Lexicology and Qur’anic Exegesis, (Oxford University Press, in association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2015; Qur’anic Studies Series 13), pp. 1-40.

‘Lexicology, Ahadith, Poetry and Tafsir: Defending Lexicological Readings’, in S. R. Burge (ed.), The Meaning of the Word: Lexicology and Qur’anic Exegesis, (Oxford University Press, in association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2015; Qur’anic Studies Series 13), pp. 157-193.

‘Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti’, in David Thomas and John Chesworth (eds), Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History: Vol. 6 (1500-1600) (Leiden: Brill, 2015), pp. 561-568.

‘Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti, the Muawwidhatan and the Modes of Exegesis’, in Karen Bauer (ed.), Aims, Methods and Contexts of Qur’anic Exegesis (2nd/8th – 9th/15th C.), (London: Oxford University Press, in association with The Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2013; Qur’anic Studies Series 9), pp. 277-307.

 

Encyclopaedia Entries

Encyclopaedia of Islam Three (EI3); entries for: al-Maḥallī, Jalāl al-Dīn; Michael.

Encyclopaedia of the Bible and its Reception (EBR); Islam entries for:

Cherubim; Dress; Earth; Eden, Garden of; Empire; Eye, Eyes; Ezekiel (Book and Person); Fall of Heavenly Beings;  Fast; Fate; Feasts and Festivals; Fire; Folklore; Freedom; Gabrielinfo-icon; Garment; Genesis; Genocide; Glory; Gratitude and Ingratitude; Greek and Greeks; Hadith; Hand, Hands; Happiness; Heart; Heifer; Hell; Hero; Hiddenness of God; Holy Family (Christian); Holy Family (Islamic); Homicide; House; Idols, Idolatry; Incantation; Infanticide; Initiation Rites; Intercession; Islam, Bible in: C Exegetical Traditions; Jacob (Patriarch); Jesus, the Lost years of; Job’s Wife; Jonah (Book and Person); Jonah, Surainfo-icon of; Joshua (Book and Prophet); Judges, Book of; Kalīm Allāh; Khalīl Allāh; Korah, Korahite; Labor (work); Lame, Lameness; Last Supper; Lazy, Idle; Leader, Leadership