Dr. Abdelkader Al Ghouz

Acting Managing Director       

Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
Room: 2.018
Niebuhrstraße 5
D-53113 Bonn
Phone: +49 / (0)228 / 73 62444
dependency@uni-bonn.de

Abdelkader Al Ghouz
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Academic Profile

I am an intellectual and social historian of the Islamicate world. In my ongoing second book project, I focus on the sociology of Arabic philosophy from the 12th to the 16th century with a special geographical focus on Cairo, Damascus, Tabriz and Isfahan. Sociology has so far been marginal to the study of Arabic philosophy. Building on Randall Collins' approach in The Sociology of Philosophies (1998), I analyse the scholarly networks that connected the aforementioned cultural loci and turned them into hybrid places of knowledge brokerage. Moreover, my research concentrates on Mamluk historiography, the history of slavery in Morocco, and contemporary Arab thought.

2010–2014
PhD in Islamic Studies, magna cum laude, University of Bonn, Germany

2005–2006
Postgraduate Studies "German as Foreign Language", University of Bonn, Germany

2002–2006
Translation Studies, Islamic Studies and Political Sciences, magna cum laude, University of Bonn, Germany

since 2022
Acting Managing Director, Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies, University of Bonn, Germany

2019–2021
Publications Manager, Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies, University of Bonn, Germany

2016–2019
Research Coordinator and Scientific Manager of the Annemarie-Schimmel-Kolleg Center for Advanced Studies History and Society during the Mamluk Era (1250–1517)  University of Bonn, German

2015–2016
Research Associate, Department of Islamic Studies and Near Eastern Languages, University of Bonn, Germany

2013–2015
Junior Fellow at the Annemarie-Schimmel-Kolleg Center for Advanced Studies History and Society during the Mamluk Era (1250–1517) University of Bonn, Germany

2012
Visiting Assistant in Research (VAR), Department of Religious Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA

2011–2013
Language Instructor, Language Center, Department of Linguistics, Media Studies and Sound Studies University of Bonn, Germany

  • Vernunft und Kanon in der zeitgenössischen arabisch-islamischen Philosophie: Zu Muḥammad ʿĀbed al-Ǧābirīs (1936–2010) rationalistischer Lesart des Kulturerbes in seinem Werk "Kritik der arabischen Vernunft [Reason and Canon in Cotemporary Arabic Philosophy: Muḥammad ʿĀbed al-Jābirī’s (1936–2010) Rational Approach to Cultural Heritage in his Work "Critic of Arab Reason"]. Würzburg: Ergon Verlag, 2015.
  • Islamic Philosophy from the 12th to the 14th Century. Göttingen: V&R unipress, 2018.
  • Living with Nature and Things: Contributions to a New Social History of the Middle Islamic Periods. With Bethany J. Walker. Göttingen: V&R unipress, 2020.
  • History and Society during the Mamluk Period (1250–1517). Mamluk Studies III. With Bethany J. Walker. Göttingen: V&R unipress, 2020.
  • Kontingenzbewältigung als Zügel der Herrschaft: Ibn Taymīyas Herrschaftsverständnis zwischen religiöser Normativität und politischem Pragmatismus. In Das Mittelalter 20 (2015), 47–61.
  • Brokers of Islamic Philosophy in Mamlūk Egypt. Shams ad-Dīn Maḥmūd Ibn ʿAbdelraḥmān al-Iṣfahānī as a Case Study in the Transmission of Philosophical Knowledge Through Commentary Writing. In History and Society during the Mamluk Period (1250–1517). Studies of the Annemarie Schimmel-Kolleg II, ed. Stephan Conermann. Göttingen: V&R unipress, 2016, 149–172.
  • Recasting al-Bayḍāwī’s Eschatological Concept of Bodily Resurrection: Shams al-Dīn al-Iṣfahānī and Aḥmad al-Ījī in Comparative Perspective. In Mamluk Studies Review XX (2017), 39–54.
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