Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship

Zukunftsphilologie supports research in marginalized and undocumented textual practices and literary cultures with the aim of integrating texts and scholarly traditions from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East as well as from Europe itself, by way of a critical recuperation of the practice of philology. The program takes as its point of departure the increasingly growing concern with the global significance of philology and its potential to challenge exclusivist notions of the self and the canon. More...

»Islam without Europe« - Lecture and seminar with Ahmad S. Dallal

Ahmad S. Dallal (Georgetown University Qatar) will be giving a lecture on his new book »Islam without Europe. Traditions of Reform in Eighteenth-Century Islamic Thought«(2018) on 16 July 2018, 6-8 pm. The lecture is followed by a seminar on 17 July 2018. If you would like to attend this seminar and receive the reading material, please contact You will find further information on both, the lecture and the seminar here.

Latest Issue: »Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Philological Encounters«

We are delighted to announce the publication of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Philological Encounters, the latest special issue of Zukunftsphilologie’s journal  Philological Encounters. The special issue is edited by Islam Dayeh, Pascale Rabault-Feuerhahn and Umar Ryad. Individuals are eligible for  free access  to the journal via Brill Online  until 31 December 2018.  You will find more information on the journal and this special issue’s articles and authors here. 

International Conference »What was Philology in Arabic? Arabic-Islamic Textual Practices in the Early Modern World«

In July 2017, the international conference »What was Philology in Arabic? Arabic-Islamic Textual Practices in the Early Modern World« investigated the neglected history of Arabic-Islamic textual practices and interpretative methods in the early modern world from a global and comparative perspective. You will find more information about the conference programme and participants as well as some impressions in our gallery and on our conference website.