Ignaz Goldziher and His Correspondents: Islamic and Jewish Studies around the Turn of the Twentieth Century

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November 12, 2021 to November 13, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Arabic History / Studies, Islamic History / Studies, Jewish History / Studies, Middle East History / Studies, Asian History / Studies

When Ignaz Goldziher passed away on November 13, 1921, he left behind a corpus of scientific correspondence of over 13,000 letters from about 1,650 persons, in ten languages. His Nachlass, including the letters as well as his hand-written notes and works, was bequeathed to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The corpus, which is freely accessible in its entirety in digital form (https://konyvtar.mta.hu/index_en.php?name=v_3_2_1_goldziher and https://amirmideast.blogspot.com/2018/06/ignaz-goldziher-correspondence-...) constitutes the single most important source informing about the history of Arabic, Jewish, and Islamic studies and cognate fields during Goldziher‘s time. Selected portions of the Goldziher correspondence are available in critical editions, while other portions have been consulted for studies on the history of the field, but the bulk of the material has as yet remained untapped. The conference focusses on the correspondence between Ignaz Goldziher and colleagues from different countries preserved in the Oriental Collection of the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, addressing aspects of the history of the discipline as seen through the letters.

Date: November 12-13, 2021


Hans-Jürgen Becker (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)

Kinga Dévényi (Corvinus University of Budapest, and The Oriental Collection of the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

Sebastian Günther (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)

Sabine Schmidtke (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton NJ)

For the program see https://albert.ias.edu/bitstream/handle/20.500.12111/7927/Goldziher%20Pr...

For the speakers, titles, and abstracts see https://albert.ias.edu/bitstream/handle/20.500.12111/7927/Ignaz_Goldzihe...

It you want to attend the conference, please register via https://theias.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__N_vrky-TSqzPuHhshR1zA

Of related interest: The Published Correspondences of Ignaz Goldziher accessible via https://albert.ias.edu/bitstream/handle/20.500.12111/7928/The_Ignaz_Gold...

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