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The Beginnings of Shīʿī Studies in Germany: Rudolf Strothmann and His Correspondences with Ignaz Goldziher and Eugenio Griffini, 1910 through 1923

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dc.contributor.author Schmidtke, Sabine
dc.date.accessioned 2020-12-18T19:49:48Z
dc.date.available 2020-12-18T19:49:48Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.citation Sabine Schmidtke, The Beginnings of Shīʿī Studies in Germany: Rudolf Strothmann and His Correspondences with Ignaz Goldziher end Eugenio Griffini, 1910 through 1923 [forthcoming] en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12111/7929
dc.description.abstract Rudolf Strothmann (b. 1877, d. 1960) played a pioneering role in the scholarly exploration of Shīʿī Islam in Western, and in particular German, scholarship. Between 1910 and 1923, he published a number of pathbreaking studies on the Zaydiyya, consulting primarily the recently purchased collections of Yemeni Zaydī manuscripts in Berlin. At the same time, and to the extent that this was possible in view of the lack of relevant sources in Germany and the rest of Europe, Strothmann began to delve into Twelver Shīʿī literature, an endeavour which culminated in his 1926 monograph, Die Zwölfer-Schīʿa: Zwei religionsgeschichtliche Charakterbilder aus der Mongolenzeit, a portrait of the two prominent seventh/thirteenth-century Imāmī scholars Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī (d. 672/1274) and Raḍī al-Dīn ʿAlī b. Mūsā Ibn Ṭāwūs (d. 664/1266). During the later decades of his life, Strothmann primarily focussed on various strands of Ismāʿīlism. His rich published work testifies to his erudition and versatility and continues to form an important point of departure for scholars working on different aspects of Shīʿism in the early twenty-first century. In addition, Strothmann’s use of the manuscript treasures of Berlin State Library between 1908 and 1926 reflects his evolution as a scholar during those years. This study examines the earlier decades of Strothmann’s life and his formation as a theologian and a scholar of Semitic languages and Islamic culture. Moreover, it sheds light on his scholarly work during the 1910s through his correspondences with Ignaz Goldziher (b. 1850, d. 1921) and Eugenio Griffini (b. 1878, d. 1925), of which an annotated edition is provided. en_US
dc.publisher Brill en_US
dc.subject Rudolf Strothmann en_US
dc.subject Ignaz Goldziher en_US
dc.subject Ignaz Goldziher correspondence en_US
dc.subject Carl Brockelmann en_US
dc.subject scholarly correspondence en_US
dc.subject history of Islamic studies en_US
dc.subject Zaydi studies en_US
dc.subject Shiʿi studies en_US
dc.subject Zaydism en_US
dc.subject Glaser collection en_US
dc.subject Eugenio Griffini en_US
dc.subject Landesschule Pforta en_US
dc.title The Beginnings of Shīʿī Studies in Germany: Rudolf Strothmann and His Correspondences with Ignaz Goldziher and Eugenio Griffini, 1910 through 1923 en_US
dc.type en_US
dc.identifier.orcid 0000-0002-6181-5065


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