Sabine Schmidtke and Jan Thiele provide a history of the manuscripts from the little known Zaydi tradition of Yemen. Centuries old, these contain invaluable information about Islamic thought and exhaustive efforts to preserve the manuscripts are underway. Introduction The size of the manuscript holdings of the many public and private libraries of Yemen makes it one of the most important... Continue Reading
Sabine Schmidtke is Professor of Islamic Studies at Freie Universität Berlin where she directs the Research Unit Intellectual History of the Islamicate World. She has published extensively on Islamic and Jewish intellectual history. Her works include Theologie, Philosophie und Mystik im zwölferschiitischen Islam des 9./15. Jahrhunderts. Die Gedankenwelt des Ibn Abī Jumhūr al-Aḥsāʾī (um 838/1434-35 - nach 906/1501) (Leiden: Brill, 2000), and, together with Reza Pourjavady, A Jewish Philosopher of Baghdad. ʿIzz al-Dawla Ibn Kammūna and his Writings (Leiden: Brill, 2006). She has co-edited, with Camilla Adang and David Sklare, A Common Rationality. Muʿtazilism in Islam and Judaism (Würzburg: Ergon, 2007). Schmidtke has won several international prizes and fellowships and is currently holding a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Research Grant.