Fragmentation and Compilation: The Making of Religious Texts in Islam. A Comparative Perspective (Part II)


Professor Aziz Al-Azmeh has taught extensively in Europe, the Middle East and North America. He obtained his DPhil in 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 The Emergence of Islam in Late Antiquity: Allah and His People (2014, forthcoming). Since 2002, Professor al-Azmeh has been at the Central European University, Budapest, where he is CEU University Professor in the School of Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Dr Mehdi Azaiez is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Laboratoire d’excellence ‘Religions et Sociétés dans le Monde Méditerranéen’ (Labex RESMED), Paris. He completed his PhD at the University of Aix-en-Provence. During 2012-2013, he was an Instructor in Islamic Studies at the University of Notre Dame (US) and Co-director (along with Prof. Gabrielinfo-icon Said Reynolds) of the ‘Qur’an Seminar’ an academic project dedicated to increasing scholarly understanding of the Qur’anic text.

Dr Stephen Burge is a Research Associate in the Qur’anic Studies Unit at The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. He completed his PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2009, and published his dissertation as Angels in Islam: Jalal al-Dininfo-icon al-Suyuti’s al-Haba’ik fi akhbar al-mala’ik (London, 2012). He has continued to study Suyuti and his works, especially his major exegetical work, al-Durr al-manthur fi’l-tafsir bi’l-ma’thur .

Dr Asma Hilali is a Research Associate in the Qur’anic Studies Unit at The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. She works on the transmission of religious literature in early and medieval Islam. She is the author of numerous articles on the transmission of knowledge in classical Islam and is currently working on a commented edition of the oldest manuscript of Qur’aninfo-icon, Manuscript 27.1, Sanaa, Yemen.

Professor Frédéric Imbert is Professor of Arabic Language and Islamic Epigraphy at Aix-Marseille University (France). He is also a member of the Institut de recherches et d'études sur le monde arabe et musulman (IREMAM) of the Centre national de la recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France. A specialist in Arabic and Islamic inscriptions, he teaches epigraphy and Arabic language. He has led numerous fieldworks and surveys in Jordan and Syria since 1987, mainly in the desert steppes in order to gather Arabic inscriptions particularly from the first two centuries of Islam in the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Iraq and Lebanon).

He is currently undertaking a comprehensive study of Kufic graffiti in order to reveal their historical, religious, linguistic and palaeographical dimension. Prof. Imbert was Director of Education Department of Contemporary Arabic in Cairo from 2002 to 2006. He is the author of a book on Arabic grammar and of numerous articles on epigraphy.

Dr Holger Zellentin has held the position of Lecturer in Jewish Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Nottingham, since 2011. He is a scholar of the Ancient Near and Middle East, and his research focuses on Judaism from the time of Alexander the Great to Early Islam. His current research projects include a religious pre-history of Islam, for which he won an Arts and Humanities Research (AHRC) grant, and a study of the ways in which the Talmudic rabbis incorporated Christian narratives. He also works on Hellenistic Judaism and on the sociology and anthropology of ancient religion.