Center for Islamic Theology

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Lejla Demiri

Chair of Islamic Doctrine

Deputy Director of the Center
Equality Officer of the Center for Islamic Theology
Member of the Center Board
Member of the Academic Council
Internationalisation Officer

Office
Center for Islamic Theology
Rümelinstr. 27, 72070 Tübingen
1st floor, room 106
 +49 7071 29-74882 (secretariat)
lejla.demirispam prevention@zith.uni-tuebingen.de
sekretariat-glaubenslehrespam prevention@zith.uni-tuebingen.de

Office Hours
Thursday, 14:00 - 15:00 (by appoinment)


Research

Main Research Areas

  • Systematic Theology (Kalām)
  • Islam and religious pluralism
  • Christian-Muslim relations and theological interactions
  • Christian-Muslim textual sources in Arabic and Ottoman Turkish
  • Ottoman intellectual history
  • Islamic Manuscripts

Staff

PhD students

  • Current PhDs
    • Serkan Ince, Zentrum für Islamische Theologie, Universität Tübingen:
      “Argumentation und erkenntnistheoretische Prinzipien der al-Radd ʿalā al-Naṣārā-Literatur unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des Werkes des Ṣāliḥ ibn Ḥusayn al-Jaʿfarī (gest. 668/1270)” (2013-present)
    • Selva Yildirim, Zentrum für Islamische Theologie, Universität Tübingen:
      "Eine theologische Analyse über die Begegnung von Muslimen mit dem Christentum im spät-osmanischen Reich: Am Beispiel von Halil Halid" (2016-present)
    • Hiroaki Kawanishi, Zentrum für Islamische Theologie, Universität Tübingen:
      “Diversity within Islam: Inner-Islamic Discourses in the Early Modern Muslim World with a Special Focus on the Ottoman Reception of Sanūsī’s Kalām” (2018-present)
    • Simone Dario Nardella, cotutelle Universität Tübingen & Università della Calabria:
      “Creedal Unity in the Works of ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī” (2018-present)
    • Amina Boumaaiz, Zentrum für Islamische Theologie, Universität Tübingen:
      “Das Lehrer-Schüler-Verhältnis in der klassischen islamischen Theologie, Konvergenzen und Divergenzen angesichts aktueller Herausforderungen im islamischen Religionsunterricht im europäischen Kontext am Beispiel des einflussreichen pädagogischen Werks „adab-al-ʿālim wa-l-mutaʿallim“ von az-Zarnūdjī” (2019-present)
  • Completed PhDs
    • Florian G.B. Lützen, Graduiertenkolleg Islamische Theologie, Akademie der Weltreligionen (AWR), Universität Hamburg:
      “Der Religionsbegriff (dīn) bei Aḥmad Ibn ʿAğība (gest. 1223/1809) und die Stellung der išāra: Eine Untersuchung der Methode und Zielsetzung des Religionsbegriffs aus sufischer Perspektive” (2015-2018; defended on 3 July 2018)

Short Vita

2019
TDhc – Honorary doctorate in Theology (Doctor Honoris Causa)

Uppsala University, Sweden

since August 2012
Professor of Islamic Doctrine at the Center for Islamic Theology

University of Tübingen

2011 - 2012
Research Fellow of "Zukunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship"

at the Forum Transregionale Studien, Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School for Literary Studies, Freie Universität, Berlin

2010 - 2011
Research Fellow of EUME (Europe in the Middle East & The Middle East in Europe)

at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, in affiliation with the Institute for Semitic and Arabic Studies, Freie Universität, Berlin

2007 - 2010
Junior Research Fellow

Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge

2004 - 2008
PhD

Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge

2003 - 2004
Licentiate in Interreligious Studies

Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome

2002 - 2003
Post-graduate Diploma in Interreligious Studies

Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome

2002 - 2003
Visiting Student, Faculty of Theology

Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome

2000 - 2001
Completed course-work for the PhD programme in Islamic Theology (Kalām)

Marmara University, Istanbul

1998 - 2000
MA in Islamic Theology (Kalām)

Marmara University, Istanbul

1994 - 1998
BA in Theology

Marmara University, Istanbul


Selected Publications

Books (Monographs and Edited Volumes)

  • Early Modern Trends in Islamic Theology: ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī and His Network of Scholarship (Studies and Texts), with Samuela Pagani (eds.), Sapientia Islamica: Studies in Islamic Theology, Philosophy and Mysticism series vol. 1, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019 (ix, 469 pp.).
  • The Future of Interfaith Dialogue: Muslim–Christian Encounters through A Common Word, with Yazid Said (eds.), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018 (xv, 334 pp.).
    https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/future-of-interfaith-dialogue/DE84E59AAB2270B33675DB9EFDED3F30
  • Общее слово. Текст и размышления. Руководство для приходов и мечетей, Moscow: St Andrew’s Biblical Theological Institute, 2018 (xxiii, 103 pp.) [Russian translation of A Common Word: Text and Reflections].
    http://standrews.ru/internet-magazin/dialog/obshee-slovo-tekst-i-razmyshleniya.html
  • Najm al-Dīn al-Ṭūfī, Ḥallāl al-ʿuqad fī bayān aḥkām al-muʿtaqad or Qudwat al-muhtadīn ilā maqāṣid al-dīn, with Islam Dayeh (eds.), Bibliotheka Islamica series vol. 58, Beirut: Orient-Institut Beirut, 2016 (172 pp.).
    Review by Jibreel A. Delgado, Journal of Near Eastern Studies, 77/1 (2018), pp. 149-51
  • Muslim Exegesis of the Bible in Medieval Cairo: Najm al-Dīn al-Ṭūfī’s (d. 716/1316) Commentary on the Christian Scriptures. A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation with an Introduction, HCMR (The History of Christian-Muslim Relations) series vol. 19, Leiden: Brill, 2013 (xvi, 566 pp.).
    https://brill.com/view/title/22811
    Reviews by
    • David Vishanoff, Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations, 25/1 (2014), pp. 138-9.
    • Mustafa Shah, Journal of Near Eastern Studies, 73/2 (2014), pp. 378-81.
    • Andrew Rippin, Ilahiyat Studies: A Journal on Islamic and Religious Studies, 5/1 (2014), pp. 122-5.
    • J. Scheuer, Nouvelle Revue Théologique, 137/1 (2015), p. 159.
    • Imran Iqbal, Al-Masāq, 27/3 (2015), pp. 289-91.
  • Një Fjalë a Njëjtë: Kumt dhe Përqasje, Tirana: Erasmus, 2011 (xxii, 97 pp.) [Albanian translation of A Common Word: Text and Reflections].
  • A Common Word: Text and Reflections, Cambridge: Muslim Academic Trust, 2011 (xx, 90 pp.).
    Review by Armand J. Boehme, Reviews in Religion & Theology, 19/4 (2012), pp. 440-2.
  • Texts from the Early Islamic Period of Egypt: Muslims and Christians at their First Encounter, with Cornelia Römer (eds.), Vienna: Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, 2009 (xviii, 53, xiii pp.).
    Reviews by
    • David Bertaina, The Medieval Review, 10.02.14 (2010).
    • Wadad Kadi, Speculum, 87/3 (2012), pp. 861-2.
    • Pierre Larcher, Arabica, 61 (2014), pp. 186-9.

Reference Works

  • Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. Volume 11, with David Thomas et al. (eds.), Leiden: Brill, 2017 (xvi, 640 pp.).
  • Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. Volume 10, with David Thomas et al. (eds.), Leiden: Brill, 2017 (xiv, 715 pp.).
  • Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. Volume 9, with David Thomas et al. (eds.), Leiden: Brill, 2017 (xv, 1052 pp.).
  • Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. Volume 8, with David Thomas et al. (eds.), Leiden: Brill, 2016 (xiv, 1018 pp.).
  • Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. Volume 7, with David Thomas et al. (eds.), Leiden: Brill, 2015 (xii, 962 pp.).
  • Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. Volume 6, with David Thomas et al. (eds.), Leiden: Brill, 2014 (xii, 892 pp.).

Book Chapters

  • “A Theology of Death”, in Islamische Bildungsarbeit in der Schule: Theologische und didaktische Überlegungen zum Umgang mit verschiedenen Themen im Islamischen Religionsunterricht, ed. Fahimah Ulfat and Ali Gandour, Wiesbaden: Springer VS (forthcoming)
  • “Death as an Existential Quality (Amr Wujūdī): ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī’s Commentary on Abū Ḥāmid al-Ghazzālī’s Poetry”, in Early Modern Trends in Islamic Theology ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī and His Network of Scholarship (Studies and Texts), ed. Lejla Demiri and Samuela Pagani, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019, pp. 363-422.
  • “Reflections on Theologie des Zusammenlebens”, in Theologie des Zusammenlebens. Christen und Muslime beginnen einen Weg, ed. Bernd Jochen Hilberath and Mahmoud Abdallah, Theologie des Zusammenlebens Christliche und Muslimische Beiträge series vol. 1, Ostfildern: Grünewald, 2017, pp. 73-85.
  • Taḥrīf in der vormodernen muslimischen Literatur” in Das koranische Motiv der Schriftfälschung (taḥrīf) durch Juden und Christen. Islamische Deutungen und christliche Reaktionen, ed. T. Güzelmansur, CIBEDO-Schriftenreihe, vol. III, Regensburg: Verlag Friedrich Pustet, 2014, pp. 15-44.
  • “Mose: ein Prophet des Islams” in Die Boten Gottes: Prophetie in Christentum und Islam, ed. A. Middelbeck-Varwick, M. Gharaibeh, H. Schmid and A. Yaşar, Regensburg: Verlag Friedrich Pustet, 2013, pp. 89-102.
  • “Ḥanbalite Commentary on the Bible: Analysis of Najm al-Dīn al-Ṭūfī’s (d. 716/1316) Al-Ta‘līq” in The Bible in Arab Christianity, ed. D. Thomas, Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2007, pp. 295-313.

Journal Articles

  • “An Angelic Jesus? A Medieval Muslim Quest for an Alternative Christology”, Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie (NZSTh), 60/1 (2018), pp. 21-43.
    https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/nzsth.2018.60.issue-1/nzsth-2018-0002/nzsth-2018-0002.xml
  • “Međuvjerski odnosi u srednjovjekovnome svijetu: Muslimanska tumačenja kršćanskih svetih knjiga”, Forum Bosnae, Sarajevo 61-62/13 (2013), pp. 194-201.
  • “İslâm Kelâmcılarına Göre Hıristiyanlık: Kadı Abdülcebbâr Örneği”, Köprü Dergisi (İsevilik Hz. İsa İslamı), Istanbul 93 (2006), pp. 77-89.

Articles for Newsletters and Magazines

Encyclopaedia Entries

  • “ʿAbd al-Ghanī l-Nābulusī” (pp. 108-129), in Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History. Volume 12. Asia, Africa and the Americas (1700-1800), Leiden: Brill, 2018.
  • “İbrahim Müteferrika” (pp. 154-162), and “İskender ibn Ahmed Feylesof et-Trabzonî” (pp. 147-149), co-authored with Serkan Ince, in Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History. Volume 12. Asia, Africa and the Americas (1700-1800), Leiden: Brill, 2018.
  • “Hikâye”, in Christian-Muslim Relations Online II, Leiden: Brill, 2017.
  • “Altıparmak Mehmed Üskübî” (pp. 104-108), co-authored with Serkan Ince, in Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History. Volume 10. Ottoman and Safavid Empires (1600-1700), Leiden: Brill, 2017.
  • “Cem Sultan” (pp. 676-687) and “Abū l-Faḍl al-Suʿūdī” (pp. 639-643) in Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History. Volume 7. Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and South America (1500-1600), Leiden: Brill, 2015.
  • “Hüsâm Çelebi” (pp. 592-598), “Molla Kâbız” (pp. 615-621) and “Ibn Kemal” (622-638), co-authored with Muharrem Kuzey, in Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History. Volume 7. Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and South America (1500-1600), Leiden: Brill, 2015.
  • “Ibn ʿAwf” (pp. 675-678) in Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History. Volume 5 (1350-1500), Leiden: Brill, 2013.
  • “Ṣāliḥ b. al-Ḥusayn al-Jaʿfarī” (pp. 480-485), “al-Sayf al-Murhaf” (pp. 662-665) and “Najm al-Dīn al-Ṭūfī” (pp. 724-731) in Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History. Volume 4 (1200-1350), Leiden: Brill, 2012.
  • “Tûfî” in DİA (Türkiye Diyanet Vakfı İslam Ansiklopedisi), Ankara: Türkiye Diyanet Vakfı, 2012, vol. 41, pp. 324-327.
  • “Ibn Ẓafar al-Ṣiqillī” (pp. 625-631) and “Naṣr ibn Yaḥyā” (pp. 750-754) in Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History. Volume 3 (1050-1200), Leiden: Brill, 2011.

Book Reviews

  • Samer Akkach, Letters of a Sufi Scholar: The Correspondence of ‘Abd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī (1641-1731), in Al-Masāq: Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean, 24/3 (2012), pp. 313-315.
  • R.Y. Ebied and D. Thomas (eds), Muslim-Christian Polemic during the Crusades, in Collectanea Christiana Orientalia (CCO), Cordoba: Universidad de Córdoba and CEDRAC (Université Saint-Joseph), 3 (2006), pp. 438-442.

Lectures

Selection

  • L. Demiri, “Islamic Theology in a Pluralistic Context”, Zwischen Moschee, Gesellschaft und Universität – Islamische Selbstauslegung im Dialog, Schweizer Zentrum für Islam und Gesellschaft (SZIG), Universität Freiburg (19 November 2015).
  • L. Demiri, “Introduction to Islam & Scriptural Reasoning”, Lehrgang „Interreligiöser Dialog: Begegnung von Juden, Christen und Muslimen“ – Master of Arts – 2014‐2016, Department Migration und Globalisierung, Zentrum Religion und Globalisierung, Donau-Universität Krems (13 June 2015).
  • L. Demiri, “Muslims Reading the Bible and the Qur’an: Engaging with Scripture in Pluralistic Contexts“, Ringvorlesung im SS 2015: Neue Ansätze in der islamischen Theologie und Religionspädagogik im europäischen Kontext: Binnen- und Außenperspektiven, Institut für Fachdidaktik Bereich Islamische Religionspädagogik, Universität Innsbruck (11 June 2015).