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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: 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).
‘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.
‘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.
‘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, 173-196.
‘Al-Ghazālī, Ramon Llull and Religionswissenschaft’, in The Muslim World 102 (2012), 33-59.
‘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.
‘Tibet in Islamic Geography and Cartography: A Survey of Arabic and Persian Sources’, in Anna Akasoy, Charles Burnett and Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (eds),Islam and Tibet: Cultural Interactions, 17-41.
Convivencia and its Discontents: Interfaith Life in al-Andalus’, in International Journal of Middle East Studies 42 (2010), 489-499.
‘Alexander in the Himalayas: Competing Imperial Legacies in Medieval Islamic History and Literature’, in Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 72 (2009), 1-20.
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.