Author: Max Weber Stiftung

Research on the Rifa’iyya, a Sufi order in South-Western Asia

by Aliya Iqbal Naqvi and Hasan Ali Khan |
As a Sufi order or tariqah, the Rifa’iyya is better identified with its birthplace Iraq, and with parts of Anatolia and the Levant. A living branch of the order, however, that retains its pre-modern organizational structure is based today in the city of Karachi, with strong connections across the regions of Pakistani Baluchistan, Iranian Sistan-Baluchistan, and the northern coast of Oman.

“The Relationships I Am Investigating Are Knowledge Relationships” – Interview with Stella Kneifel

Today, we talk to Stella Kneifel. She joined the University of Erfurt as a PhD student in history in 2018 and the project “Relations in the Ideoscape” in March 2019. She holds degrees in Sociology and Education from the University of Jena (B.A.) and in Middle Eastern Sociology and History from the University of Erfurt (M.A.).

DHI Rome/I Tatti Joint Fellowship

The German Historical Institute Rome has announced a fellowship together with I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. It aims to promote research on Africa and cultural exchange with and within...

“It Is Possible to Encounter Surprise Relations in Every Interview, Memoir, and Archive Document” – Interview With Elmin Aliyev

Today, we talk to Elmin Aliyev who holds degrees in Islamic Philosophy from Marmara University (MA) and Baku State University (BA). Within the framework of this project, Aliyev analyses the knowledge relations between Iran and Turkey with special focus on the former USSR and GDR.

“The Dissemination of Knowledge on Iran, the Persian Language, Literature and Culture to the Polish Public” – Interview with Zaur Gasimov

Today, we talk to Zaur Gasimov, who was a Senior Research Fellow at the German Orient Institute in Istanbul, Turkey from 2013 to 2019. In September 2019, he joined the Russian Studies Department of the University of Bonn, Germany.

“Relations, partnerships and collaborations make research possible in the first place”

It comes as no surprise, perhaps, that a socio-historical research project that aims to explore knowledge relations between the Polish People’s Republic and Iraq is in itself very much dependent on different kinds of collaboration.

Objects Circulation, Material Culture, and the History of Enslaved People in and outside Africa

In 2016, I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, launched the ongoing project “Crossroads Africa.” Recognizing that the sub-Saharan African continent in particular has been anachronistically isolated from Renaissance studies, I...

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