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Anna Akasoy
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Room Number: 5214
Office Hours: by appointment
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Oriental Studies, Philosophy, History, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt
Research Interests: Islamic Intellectual History
Recent Articles
‘Muhammad’s Movement and Leadership’, in Armando Salvatore et al (eds), The Wiley Blackwell History of Islam (Chichester, 2018), 97-113.
‘Chick-Lit in the Hijaz. Why Historians Should Sometimes Be More Frivolous’, in Albrecht Fuess and Stefan Weninger (eds), A Life with the Prophet? Examining Hadith, Sira and Qur’an. In Honor of Wim Raven (Berlin, 2017), 45-67.
‘Moral Philosophy in the Medieval Islamicate World’, in Jens Timmermann and Sacha Golob (eds), The Cambridge History of Moral Philosophy (Cambridge, 2017), 153-167.

‘Geography, History and Prophecy: Mechanisms of Integration in the Islamic Alexander Legend’, in Nikolas Jaspert and Reinhold Glei (eds), Locating Religions. Contact, Diversity and Translocality (Leiden, 2016), 16-36.
‘Iskandar the Prophet. Religious Themes in Islamic Versions of the Alexander Legend’, in Sonja Brentjes and Jürgen Renn (eds), Globalization of Knowledge in the Mediterranean World of Post-Antiquity, 700-1500 (Burlington, 2016), 167-204.
‘Die Selbstdefinition Europas während der Renaissance im Kontext der Auseinandersetzung mit dem Osmanischen Reich’, in Dirk Ansorge (ed.), Pluralistische Identität. Beobachtungen zu Herkunft und Zukunft Europas (Darmstadt, 2016), 84-102.
‘Al-Andalus and the Andalusis in the Islamic Apocalyptic Tradition’, in Rebekka Voß, Felicitas Schmieder and Wolfram Brandes (eds), Peoples of the Apocalypse. Eschatological Beliefs and Political Scenarios (Berlin, 2016), 213-223.
‘Al-Ghazālī’s Veil Section: Comparative Religion before Religionswissenschaft’, in Frank Griffel (ed.), Islam and Rationality. The Impact of al-Ghazālī, vol. 2 (Leiden, 2015), 142-167.
‘Are we Speaking the Same Language? Translating Truths across Intellectual Traditions in al-Andalus’, in Knut-Martin Stünkel and Görge Hasselhoff (eds), Transcending Words. The Language of Religious Contact between Buddhists, Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Premodern Times (Bochum, 2015), 43-54.
‘The Buddha and the Straight Path. Rashīd al-Dīn’s Life of the Buddha: Islamic Perspectives’, in Anna Akasoy, Charles Burnett and Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (eds), Rashīd al-Dīn, Agent and Mediator of Cultural Exchanges in Ilkhanid Iran (London, 2013), 173-196.
‘Andalusi Exceptionalism: the Example of ‘Philosophical Sufism’ and the Significance of 1212’, in Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies 4/1 (2012), 113-117.
‘Paganism and Islam. Medieval Arabic Literature on Religions in West Africa’, in John Marenbon, Carlos Steel and Werner Verbeke (eds), Paganism in the Middle Ages. Threat and Fascination (Leuven, 2012), 207-238.

Al-Kindī, Die Erste Philosophie. Arabisch-Deutsch. Übersetzt und eingeleitet von Anna Akasoy (Herders Bibliothek der Philosophie des Mittelalters; Freiburg: Herder, 2011).
Philosophie und Mystik in der späten Almohadenzeit. Die Sizilianischen Fragen des Ibn Sabʿīn (Islamic Philosophy, Theology and Science; Texts and Studies, 59; Leiden: Brill, 2006).
[Review article by Jules Janssens in: Bulletin de Philosophie Médiévale 49 (2007), 51-66; reviews in Journal of Oriental and African Studies (Athens) 15 (2006), 335‒6 and Bulletin d’Études Orientales 56 (2004-2005; Damascus, 2006), 357-8]
The Arabic Version of the Nicomachean Ethics. Edited by Anna A. Akasoy and Alexander Fidora with an Introduction and Annotated English translation by Douglas M. Dunlop (Aristoteles Semitico-Latinus, 17; Leiden: Brill, 2005).
[Reviews in: Anales del Seminario de Historia de la Filosofia 23 (2006), 279-80; Revista Española de Filosofía Medieval 13 (2006), 239-40; American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 81/3 (2007), 507-509; Revista da Faculdade de Letras – Série de Filosofia (Porto, Portugal) 23-24 (2006-2007), 281-3; Polylog 17 (2007), 125-7; Plekos 10 (2008), 33-38; Journal of the American Oriental Society 128/2 (2008), 382-384]
Muḥammad ibn ʿAbdallāh al-Bāzyār: Das Falken- und Hundebuch des Kalifen al-Mutawakkil. Ein arabischer Traktat aus dem 9. Jahrhundert. Herausgegeben, übersetzt und eingeleitet von Anna Akasoy und Stefan Georges (Wissenskultur und gesellschaftlicher Wandel, 11; Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2005).
[Reviews in: Deutsches Archiv für Erforschung des Mittelalters 62 (2006), 725-6; Scriptorium 60/2 (2006), 224-5; Historische Zeitschrift 285 (2007), 724-5; Bulletin of the History of Medicine 82 (2008), 434-6; Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft 159 (2009), 173-5]
Ibn Sabʿīn: Die Sizilianischen Fragen. Arabisch-Deutsch. Übersetzt und eingeleitet von Anna Akasoy (Herders Bibliothek der Philosophie des Mittelalters, 2; Freiburg: Herder, 2005).
[Reviews in: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 16/12/2005, 43; Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 22/04/2006; Freiburger Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Theologie 53 (2006), 483‒5; Philosophisches Jahrbuch 114 (2007), 162-4; Theologische Revue 103 (2007), 142]
Arabische Romantik im Exil. Das poetische Werk des Fauzī al-Maʿlūf (literaturen im kontext, 11; Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag, 2002).
[Review in: Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 95 (2005), 451–2]

Edited Volumes
Rashīd al-Dīn, Agent and Mediator of Cultural Exchanges in Ilkhanid Iran, Edited with Charles Burnett and Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (Warburg Institute Colloquia, 24; London: The Warburg Institute, 2013).
Renaissance Averroism and its Aftermath: Arabic Philosophy in Early Modern Europe, Edited with Guido Giglioni (International Archives of the History of Ideas, 211; Dordrecht: Springer, 2013).
Islam and Tibet. Interactions along the Musk Routes, Edited with Charles Burnett and Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (Farnham, 2010).
[Reviews in: Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 74 (2011), 508-9; American Historical Review 116/3 (2011), 917; Tibet Journal 36/1 (2011), 91; Études mongoles et sibériennes, centrasiatiques et tibétaines 43-4 (2013); Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam 39 (2012), 501-10; Asian Highlands Perspectives 28 (2013), 343-7]
Islamic Thought in the Middle Ages. Studies in Text, Translation and Transmission in Honour of Hans Daiber. Edited with Wim Raven (Islamic Philosophy, Theology and Science, 75; Leiden: Brill, 2008).
[Reviews in: Journal of Oriental and African Studies (Athens) 17 (2008), 287‒9; Journal of Islamic Studies 21 (2010), 124-6; Sehepunkte July 2010]
Astro-medicine: Medicine and Astrology, East and West. Edited with Charles Burnett and Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (Micrologus Library, 25; Florence: Sismel, 2008).
[Reviews in Cahiers de recherché médiévales et humanists (2008); Bulletin of the History of Medicine 84 (2010), 120-121; Medical History 54 (2010), 552-553]
Islamic Crosspollinations. Interactions in the Medieval Middle East. Edited with James Montgomery and Peter E. Pormann (Oxford, 2007).
[Reviews in: Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, third series 19/2 (2009), 258-60; Journal of Islamic Studies 20 (2009), 266-9]