Dr Dagmar Riedel
Dagmar Riedel is a Middle East historian who examines the relationship between religious beliefs and societal attitudes toward knowledge production in order to advance our understanding of how knowledge is generated, transmitted, and changed over time. The most general aim of her research is to challenge essentialist assumptions about intellectual stagnation and decline in the Islamic civilization after the Mongol conquest. She is currently working on a monograph about the emergence of devotional literature in post-classical Islam, drawing on the exceptionally rich manuscript tradition of the Kitāb al-shifāʾ bi-taʿrīf huqūq al-Muṣṭafā by the twelfth-century North African jurist al-Qāḍī ʿIyāḍ.
Dr Riedel holds a Magister Artium in Islamwissenschaft and Germanistik (Universität Hamburg) and a PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (Indiana University). From 2007 until 2019 she was an Associate Research Scholar at the Center for Iranian Studies of Columbia University, where she belonged to Ehsan Yarshater’s editorial team of the Encyclopædia Iranica. Her thesis about “Searching for the Islamic episteme: The Status of Historical Information in Medieval Middle-Eastern Anthological Writing” received the Annual PhD Dissertation Award of the Foundation for Iranian Studies. She held fellowships in the Chester Beatty Library Dublin and in Union Theological Seminary in New York City. From 2017 until 2019 she was a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Spanish National Research Council in Madrid.