A lecture by Wadad Kadi, University of Chicago
Wadad Kadi is the Avalon Foundation Distinguished Service Professor Emerita at the University of Chicago, where she was Professor of Islamic Thought at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from 1988 until her retirement in 2009, and Editor of the Journal of Near Eastern Studies from 2007 until 2009. Born in Lebanon, she received her higher education at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and in Tuebingen, Germany, and has taught at AUB, Harvard, Columbia, and Yale, before going to Chicago. During her career she received several honors and awards, including the King Faisal International Prize in Arabic Literature in 1994 and the presidency of the American Oriental Society in 2003-04, in addition to two fellowships at Oxford . For several years she was Associate Editor of the Encyclopaedia of the Qur’an (Brill) and the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought (Princeton); and she is now in her fifteenth year as co-editor of the book series “Islamic History and Civilization” at Brill’s in Leiden.
She has published widely on Islamic political thought, early Arabic prose, the impact of the Qur’an on Arabic literature, and early Islamic theology and sectarianism, and has edited many works from Arabic manuscripts. Her most recent research concentrates on the administration and bureaucracy of the early Islamic state in the seventh and eighth centuries. Among her most recent publications are “Population Census and land Surveys under the Umayyads, 61-132/660-750,” Der Islam 83 (2007), pp. 338- 413, “The Salaries of Judges in Early Islam: The Evidence of the Documentary and Literary Sources,” Journal of Near Eastern Studies 68 (2009), 9-30, “A Documentary Report on Umayyad Stipends Registers (Dīwān al-ʿAṭāʾ) in Abū Zurʿa’s Tārīkh,” Quaderni di Studi Arabi, n.s. 4 (2009), 7-44, and “The Names of Estates in State Registers before and after the Arabization of the Dīwāns,” in Umayyad Legacies. Medieval Memories from Syria to Spain, (Leiden, 2010), pp. 255-2
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Published: Monday, February 06, 2012
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