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Early Islamic History in Review : A Workshop in Honour of Gerald Hawting (10th April, SOAS)

Early Islamic History in Review : A Workshop in Honour of Gerald Hawting (...)

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SOAS, April 10th 2015, room 116


  • 9:30 am Welcome : Andrew Rippin/Teresa Bernheimer

9:35 am SESSION I — The Qur’an and Sira (chair : Andrew Rippin, University of Victoria)

  • Karen Bauer (Institute of Ismaili Studies), The revisionists’ effect on the field of Qur’anic studies today
  • Zohar Hadromi-Allouche (Aberdeen), "My God ? Your Lord !" : A Qur’anic response to a biblical question
  • Holger Zellentin (Nottingham), Angels or men ? The messengers to Lot in the Qur’an in their Jewish and Christian context

11 am COFFEE

  • Michael Lecker (Jerusalem), When did Ibn Ishaq compile the biography of the Prophet Muhammad ?
  • Gurdofarid Miskinzoda (Institute of Ismaili Studies), title tbc

1 pm LUNCH

2 pm SESSION II — History and Historiography (chair : Sarah Savant, Aga Khan University)

  • Amikam Elad (Jerusalem), The markets of Jerusalem after the Arab conquest in light of an early Muslim tradition
  • Andrew Marsham (Edinburgh), The Umayyads and their Empire
  • Ayman Shihadeh (SOAS), A contextualised reading of Fakhr al-Din al-Razi’s debates in Transoxania


  • Robert Gleave (Exeter), Blood and Sludge : Shiʿi hadith and ritual performance
  • Harry Munt (York), The hajj after the Second Civil War

5:30pm Conclusion : Teresa Bernheimer (SOAS), Teaching the Origins and Early Development of Islam

Reception ca. 6 pm, SOAS (room tbc)

(Source : Andrew Rippin, Professor Emeritus of Islamic History, University of Victoria,