Annemarie Schimmel Fellowship
The Annemarie Schimmel Fellowship, inaugurated in 2004, is awarded every three years to a scholar working in the fields of interest to the late Professor Schimmel such as Islamic mysticism, Arabic, Persian and South Asian literatures and literary and artistic expressions of Muslim devotional life. The £10,000 award is intended to assist the recipient to complete research leading to the publication of a book.
The first recipient of this award is Dr Ahmet Karmustafa, currently Director of Jewish, Islamic and Near Eastern Studies, and Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies at Washington University in St Louis.
Dr Karamustafa’s publications include God’s Unruly Friends: Dervish Groups in the Islamic Later Middle Period, 1200-1550 (University of Utah Press, 1994), “Walayah according to al-Junayd” in Reason and Inspiration in Islam: Theology, Philosophy and Mysticism in Muslim Thought: Essays in Honour of Hermann Landolt (IIS & IB Tauris, 2005).
Dr Karamustafa’s book project for the Annemarie Schimmel award is A Historical Introduction to Sufism (forthcoming publication by Edinburgh University Press) which aims to examine, among a number of other themes, the diversity of Sufism.