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KHK Visiting Research Fellow 2012
Associate Professor of Islamic Intellectual History, Hunter College, City University of New York, New York City, USA

Anna Ayșe Akasoy is currently Associate Professor of Islamic Intellectual History at Hunter College, New York. She studied Oriental studies, history and philosophy in Frankfurt and received her PhD in Oriental studies in 2005. Prior to her fellowship with us she was a research assistant at the Warburg Institute in the project ‘Islam and Tibet: Cultural Interactions, 8th-17th Centuries’, a lecturer in Islamic history and thought at the Oriental Institute (University of Oxford) as well as a British Academy postdoctoral fellow at the same institution.

Apart from many articles her monograph Philosophie und Mystik in der späten Almohadenzeit. Die Sizilianischen Fragen des Ibn Sab‘in (Leiden: Brill, 2006) is her most important work. Furthermore, she edited, translated and introduced Muhammad ibn Abdallah al-Bazyar’s Das Falken- und Hundebuch des Kalifen al Mutawakkil. Ein arabischer Traktat aus dem 9. Jahrhundert(together with Stefan Georges). She also translated al-Kindi’s First Philosophy into German (Freiburg: Herder, 2011).

During her fellowship she will explore the religious dimension of legends surrounding Alexander the Great in the medieval Islamic world.


  • Ph.D., Oriental Studies, Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main, Germany, 2005
  • M.A., Oriental Studies, History and Philosophy, Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main, Germany, 2002

KHK Fellowship

Duration: January 2012 - December 2012
Project: Iskandar the Prophet: Religious Integration and the Alexander Legend in the Islamic World


Akasoy, Anna. 2015. Are we speaking the same language?: translating truths across intellectual traditions in al-Andalus. In: Transcending words: the language of religious contact between Buddhists, Christians, Jews, and Muslims in premodern times, 43–54.
Akasoy, Anna, Jörg Plassen, Gerhard Endreß, Jörn Müller, Beate Ulrike La Sala, Piero Capelli, Ann Giletti, u. a. 2015. Transcending words: the language of religious contact between Buddhists, Christians, Jews, and Muslims in premodern times. Hg. von Knut Martin Stünkel und Görge K. Hasselhoff. Bochum: Winkler.


Akasoy, Anna. 2014. Marcin, Howe: Al-Andalus rediscovered: Iberia’s new muslims. Journal of Islamic studies 25, Nr. 1: 86–88. doi:10.1093/jis/ett047,


Akasoy, Anna. 2012a. Berman, Nina: German literature on the Middle East. Discourses and Practices, 1000-1989. Journal of Islamic studies 24, Nr. 1: 92–94. doi:10.1093/jis/ets085,
---. 2012b. Andalusi exceptionalism: the example of „Philosophical Sufism“ and the significance of 1212. Journal of medieval Iberian studies 4, Nr. 1: 113–117. doi:10.1080/17546559.2012.677197,


Akasoy, Anna, Hrsg. 2011. Islam and Tibet: interactions along the Musk routes ; conference entitled „Islam and Tibet: Cultural Interactions“. Farnham: Ashgate.


Daiber, Hans. 2008. Islamic thought in the Middle Ages: studies in text, transmission and translation, in honour of Hans Daiber. Hg. von Anna Akasoy und Wim Raven. Islamic philosophy, theology, and science. Bd. 75. Leiden: Brill. doi:10.1163/ej.9789004165656.i-711,


Strotmann, Vivian, Anna Akasoy, Sven Bretfeld, Alexandra Cuffel, Licia Di Giacinto und Zara Pogossian. Entangled religions. Hg. von Volkhard Krech. Bochum: Ruhr-Univ.

Publikationen in der Hochschulbibliographie

Einzelforscher/in von Iskandar der Prophet

Ehem. KHK Gastwissenschaftler/in von KHK