Islam Dayeh

Edward W. Said Fellow

The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities

Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies

Freie Universität Berlin

Islam Dayeh is Assistant Professor of Arabic studies at Freie Universität Berlin and Executive Editor of the journal Philological Encounters (Brill). His research and teaching focus on Arabic-Islamic textual practices and intellectual history in the early modern period. He is founder and academic director of the research programme “Zukunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship” (Berlin). He studied at the University of Jordan (BA in Islamic studies), University of Leiden (MA in Religious Studies) and University of Oxford (MSt in Jewish studies). He received his PhD in Arabic studies from Freie Universität Berlin in 2012. He is currently completing two monographs. The first is a study of the intellectual landscape of Mamluk Cairo through the work of the polymath Burhān al-Dīn al-Biqā‘ī (1406-1480). The second is a study of the impact of the messianic movement of Shabbatai Zwi on the Jews of Yemen.

During his fellowship, Islam Dayeh will be working on philology and epistemic justice in the writings of Edward W. Said.