Fragmentation and Compilation: Biographies
Aziz al-Azmeh has taught extensively in Europe,the Middle East and North America.Heobtainedhis DPhilin Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford.His publications in English include Islams and Modernities (London, 1993, 1996, 2009), Muslim Kingship: Power and the Sacred in Muslim, Christian, and Pagan Polities (London, 1997), and A History of Islam in Late Antiquity (2013, forthcoming). Since 2002, Professoral-Azmeh has been at the Central European University, Budapest, where he is CEU University Professor in the School of Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies.
Omar Ali-de-Unzaga is a Research Associate in the Department of Academic Research and Publications and Academic Coordinator of the Qur’anic Studies Research Unit of The Institute of Ismaili Studies. He completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2005. He is currently preparing a publication under the working title: A Philosophical Reading of Scripture: The Qur’an in the Epistles of the Pure Brethren, as well as an English translation and a critical edition of the Epistle on Character Traits (al-Risala fi’l-akhlaq) of the Ikhwan al-Safa’.
Viviane Comerro-de Prémare is Professor of Islamic studies at the Institut National de Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO) in Paris. She holds an agrégation in Arabic language and has a PhD in the history of religions. She is the author of Les traditions sur la constitution du mushaf de ‘Uthman (Beirut, 2012).
Jean-Jacques Glassner is currently Director of Research Emeritus at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in France. He is an Assyriologist and has taught at various universities in Europe and the Middle East. His work focuses in particular on the cuneiform writings. He is also the editor of the French edition of the Dictionnaire archéologique de la Bible, (Paris, 2006).
Asma Hilali is a Research Associate at The Institute of Ismaili Studies in London. She completed her PhD thesis at École Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris and previously held a post-doctoral fellowship at the Martin-Luther-University in Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. Her research focuses on hadith sciences and the transmission of knowledge in medieval Islam. She is currently preparing a critical edition of the oldest manuscript of the Qur’an, the San‘a palimpsest.
Stefan Leder is Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Martin-Luther-University in Halle, Germany. He has published books and articles covering various fields of Arabic literature and scriptural tradition, such as tradition-building in narrative historiography, especially concerning the formative period of Islamic history, transmission of knowledge in pre-modern Arabic culture, discourse and politics of religious authority in pre-modern Islamic societies.
Paolo Sartori is a member of the Institute of Iranian Studies at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna. Between 2007 and 2011 he was a VolkswagenStiftung Fellow of the Institute of Oriental Studies, at the Martin-Luther-University in Halle, Germany. He has a PhD in Islamic Studies and specialises in the legal history of Central Asia and Iran, Islamic cultures of documentation, and legal pluralism. At present he is completing a book project which investigates Muslims’ approaches to justice in Central Asia under Russian rule.
Guy Stroumsa is Professor of the Study of the Abrahamic Religions and Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford. He is also Martin Buber Professor Emeritus of Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. His work deals withthe religious history of the Mediterranean world and the Near East in late antiquity, as well as withthe history of the modern study of religion. He is currently co-editing the Oxford Handbook of the Abrahamic Religions (forthcoming).