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Anna Akasoy
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center|Hunter College
Degrees/Diplomas: MA, PhD, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt
Research Interests: (Medieval) Islamic History; Islamic Intellectual Traditions; Cultural and Religious Contacts in Europe, the Middle East and Asia

Other GC Affiliations: PhD programs in Comparative Literature and History, Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center

Courses Taught in MALS: 
MALS 78500 Violence in Islamic History: Case Studies and Comparisons 
MALS 70500 Renaissance Culture
MALS 74400 From Alexander to Mohammed: Introduction to the Culture of the Ancient Mediterranean


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).

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).

‘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.
‘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.
‘Was Ibn Rushd an Averroist? The Problem, the Debate, and its Philosophical Implications’, in Anna Akasoy and Guido Giglioni (eds), Renaissance Averroism and its Aftermath (Dordrecht, 2013), 321-347.
‘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.
‘What is Philosophical Sufism?’, in Peter Adamson (ed.), In the Age of Averroes: Arabic Philosophy in the Sixth/Twelfth Century (London, 2011), 229-249.
‘Ibn Sīnā in the Arab West: the Testimony of an Andalusian Sufi’, in Documenti e Studi sulla Tradizione Filosofica Medievale 21 (2010), 287-312.

About Professor Akasoy: Anna Akasoy is professor of Islamic intellectual history at Hunter College and the Graduate Center. She teaches classes on Islamic intellectual history and the history, literature and culture of the Islamic world. Her research interests include the intellectual history of the medieval Islamic world, in particular the relationship between mysticism and philosophy, as well as contacts between the Islamic world and other cultures. Her current research projects include a study of the religious dimension of Alexander the Great in the Islamic tradition within the larger context of the classical heritage of the Middle East and Asia.