The Annemarie Schimmel Fellowship, inaugurated in 2004, is awarded every three years to a scholar working in the fields of interest to the late Professor Schimmel such as Islamic mysticism, Arabic, Persian and South Asian literatures and literary and artistic expressions of Muslim devotional life. The £10,000 award is intended to assist the recipient to complete research leading to the publication of a book.
Saintly Power in the Lives of Muslim Societies is a broad comparative study of the history of Sufism and its interactions with Muslim societies over a wide chronological and geographic span--from early Islam to the present, and from the Middle East to the Balkans, Indonesia, parts of Africa, and Central and South Asia.
The first recipient of this award was Dr Ahmet Karamustafa, currently Director of Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Studies, and Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies at Washington University in St Louis.
Dr Karamustafa’s book project for the Annemarie Schimmel award resulted in a publication entitled Sufism: The Formative Period (Edinburgh University Press, 2007).