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Anna Ayse Akasoy
Position: Professor of Islamic Intellectual History
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Degrees/Diplomas: MA, PhD, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt
Research Interests: Islamic intellectual history; history of philosophy and science; history of falconry, hunting and veterinary medicine; cultural and religious contacts; entangled and global history.

Other GC Affiliations: PhD programs in Comparative Literature and History, Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center

Courses Taught in MALS: 
MALS 74400 From Alexander to Mohammed: Introduction to the Culture of the Ancient Mediterranean (Spring 2020)



Anna Akasoy, ‘Falconry in Arabic Literature: from Its Beginnings to the Mid-9th Century’, in Karl-Heinz Gersmann and Oliver Grimm (eds), Raptor and Human: Falconry and Bird Symbolism Throughout the Millennia on Global Scale (Kiel, 2018), 243-265.

‘Muhammad’s Movement and Leadership’, in Armando Salvatore et al (eds), The Wiley Blackwell History of Islam (Chichester, 2018), 97-113.
‘Chick-Lit in the Hijaz. Why Historians Should Sometimes Be More Frivolous’, in Albrecht Fuess and Stefan Weninger (eds), A Life with the Prophet? Examining Hadith, Sira and Qur’an. In Honor of Wim Raven (Berlin, 2017), 45-67.
‘Moral Philosophy in the Medieval Islamicate World’, in Jens Timmermann and Sacha Golob (eds), The Cambridge History of Moral Philosophy(Cambridge, 2017), 153-167.
‘Geography, History and Prophecy: Mechanisms of Integration in the Islamic Alexander Legend’, in Nikolas Jaspert and Reinhold Glei (eds),Locating Religions. Contact, Diversity and Translocality (Leiden, 2016), 16-36.
‘Iskandar the Prophet. Religious Themes in Islamic Versions of the Alexander Legend’, in Sonja Brentjes and Jürgen Renn (eds), Globalization of Knowledge in the Mediterranean World of Post-Antiquity, 700-1500 (Burlington, 2016), 167-204.
‘Al-Ghazālī’s Veil Section: Comparative Religion before Religionswissenschaft’, in Frank Griffel (ed.), Islam and Rationality. The Impact of al-Ghazālī, vol. 2 (Leiden, 2015), 142-167.
Rashīd al-Dīn, Agent and Mediator of Cultural Exchanges in Ilkhanid Iran, Edited with Charles Burnett and Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (Warburg Institute Colloquia, 24; London: The Warburg Institute, 2013).

Renaissance Averroism and its Aftermath: Arabic Philosophy in Early Modern Europe, Edited with Guido Giglioni (International Archives of the History of Ideas, 211; Dordrecht: Springer, 2013).
‘Was Ibn Rushd an Averroist? The Problem, the Debate, and its Philosophical Implications’, in Anna Akasoy and Guido Giglioni (eds), Renaissance Averroism and its Aftermath (Dordrecht, 2013), 321-347.
‘Paganism and Islam. Medieval Arabic Literature on Religions in West Africa’, in John Marenbon, Carlos Steel and Werner Verbeke (eds),Paganism in the Middle Ages. Threat and Fascination (Leuven, 2012), 207-238.
‘What is Philosophical Sufism?’, in Peter Adamson (ed.), In the Age of Averroes: Arabic Philosophy in the Sixth/Twelfth Century (London, 2011), 229-249.
Islam and Tibet. Interactions along the Musk Routes, Edited with Charles Burnett and Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (Farnham, 2010).

‘Ibn Sīnā in the Arab West: the Testimony of an Andalusian Sufi’, in Documenti e Studi sulla Tradizione Filosofica Medievale 21 (2010), 287-312.

Anna Akasoy, ‘The Influence of the Arabic Tradition of Falconry and Hunting on European Culture’, in Anna Akasoy, James Montgomery and Peter Pormann (eds), Islamic Crosspollinations (Oxford, 2007), 46-64.

Philosophie und Mystik in der späten Almohadenzeit. Die Sizilianischen Fragen des Ibn Sabʿīn (Islamic Philosophy, Theology and Science; Texts and Studies, 59; Leiden: Brill, 2006).

Muhammad ibn Abdallah al-Bazyar, Das Falken- und Hundebuch des Kalifen al-Mutawakkil. Ein arabischer Traktat aus dem 9. Jahrhundert, Edited and translated by Anna Akasoy and Stefan Georges (Berlin, 2005).

About Professor Akasoy


I am currently involved in two research projects. I am working on a cultural history of falconry in the pre-Ottoman Middle East. In my second research project, I am exploring philosophical and religious underpinnings of stories about Alexander the Great primarily in the Middle East. Both projects are connected to a larger interest in identifying connections in cultural, intellectual and religious history across Eurasia.