Director associated Project F4



Seminar für Arabistik
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Papendiek 16
D-37073 Göttingen


Staff - 1st / 2nd phase of research

Prof. Dr. Irene Schneider

Main fields of research:

Methodology of the reconstruction of early Islamic History • Islamic law and history of law (classical and modern) • History of constitution (classical and modern) • State and society (modern).

Regions: Arabic countries • Iran.

Since 2003 Pofessor for Arab Studies at the University of Göttingen • 2001 Coordination of the Collaborative Research Centre "Difference and Integration", universities of Halle and Leipzig , director of the present project • 1999–2001 Grant from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, project: "Petitions to Nâsir al-Dîn Shâh (1848–1896)" • 1997–1998 Research Associate of the National Science Foundation/USA, project: "Constitutional Law and the Politics of Modernization in the Islamic Middle East" at the University of New York • 1996 Habilitation in Oriental Studies with a study on the early Islamic history of law • 1990–1997 Assistant Professor at the University of Cologne • 1989 Doctoral Thesis in Oriental Studies, on the adab al-qâdî-literature in the classical time • 1983 M.A. at the University of Tübingen (on the Fâtimids in Ifrîqiya) • 1977–1983 undergraduate studies: Oriental Studies, History and Sociology at the universities of Freiburg, Göttingen und Tübingen.

Selected Publications:

Allies or Enemies? The Military Relations between the Yamût-Turkmen and the Nascent Qâjâr State in Late 18th and Early 19th Century Iran. In: Mitteilungen des SFB "Differenz und Integration" 5 (2003), 171–199.

Religious and State Jurisdiction in Nâsir al-Dîn Shâh's Time. In: Proceedings of the Conference of Religion and Society in Qajar Iran. In print.

State, Society and Power Relations – a Study in the late 19th Century Petitioning System of Iran. Berlin (Iranica). In preparation.

Kinderverkauf und Schuldknechtschaft: Untersuchungen zur frühen Phase des islamischen Rechts. Stuttgart 1999.

Das Bild des Richters in der adab al-qâdî-Literatur. Frankfurt am Main 1990.