Intellectual History of the Islamicate World

In the medieval, late medieval and pre-modern world of Islam, Muslims, Jews and Christians constituted a unique cultural and intellectual commonality. They shared a language, Arabic (and at times Persian), which they spoke in daily life and which they also used for their theological, philosophical, legal and scientific writings. Moreover, they often read the same books, so that a continuous, multi-dimensional exchange of ideas, texts, and forms of discourse was the norm rather than the exception.While this has been amply demonstrated for some selected periods and regions, scholars usually opt for a one-dimensional approach with an (often exclusive) focus on either Muslim, Jewish or Christian authors and their writings.
The journal Intellectual History of the Islamicate World was founded in 2013 by Sabine Schmidtke as a forum for research that systematically crosses the boundaries between three major disciplines of academia and research, viz. Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies and the study of Eastern Christianity. It encourages discussion among representatives of these and related disciplines, with a view to promoting a new understanding of intellectual history in all its facets throughout the Islamicate World, from its emergence until modern times and from different methodological perspectives. The Intellectual History of the Islamicate World covers such themes as philosophy, theology, exegesis, law and legal methodology, sciences and medicine.
The Intellectual History of the Islamicate World is double blind peer-reviewed. In addition to predefined theme volumes, the journal accepts submissions relevant to its overall concerns but not bound to a specific theme. Articles for publication in Intellectual History of the Islamicate World should be submitted through Editorial Manager at
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Jonathan Decter (, Brandeis, Waltham MA
Muriel Debie (, EPH, Paris
Jan Thiele ( CSIC, Madrid

Editorial Board
Camilla Adang
Hassan Ansari
Lejla Demiri
Michael Ebstein
Lukas Muehlethaler
Meira Polliack
Reza Pourjavady
Khaled el-Rouayheb
Gregor Schwarb
Meryem Sebti
Ayman Shihadeh
Alexander Treiger
Ronny Vollandt

Advisory Board
Peter Adamson
Maroun Aouad
Sonja Brentjes
Rémi Brague
Michael Cook
Maribel Fierro
Miriam Goldstein
Sidney Griffith
Dimitri Gutas
Wilferd Madelung
Hossein Modarressi
M. Sait Özervarli
James Robinson
Ulrich Rudolph
Emilie Savage-Smith
Daniel de Smet
Tony Street
Sarah Stroumsa
Robert Wisnovsky
Aron Zysow