Dr. Tarek Sabraa

Research assistant in Subproject B03 "Canonization and diversification in Islamic law and in Arabic rhetoric in comparison"

CRC 1385 "Law and Literature"
Domplatz 6
Room 211

  • Research areas

    • Islamic intellectual and social history with a focus on the Mamluk period
    • Islamic legal theory (Uṣūl al-Fiqh) and Koran interpretation (tafṣīr)
    • Rhetoric
    • Scientific, environmental and agricultural history
  • Vita

    • since 2021: Postdoctoral Fellow in the research group "Agriculture and the Making of Sciences (1100–1700)", Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) in Berlin (Agriculture in the Mamluk Period before and after the Mongol Invasion)
    • since 2020: Research assistant at the CRC 1385
    • 2019: Research Assistant, Freigeist research group (VW-Stiftung) "The Dantean Anomaly (1309-1321): Rapid Climate Change in Late Medieval Europe with a Global Perspective", Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe, Leipzig
    • 2018-2019: Research Assistant, Project "The Mamlukisation of the Mamluk Sultanate - II: historiography, political order and historiography in fifteenth century Egypt and Syria (MMS-II)", Department of Languages and Cultures, University Ghent
    • 2013-2017: PhD scholarship at Annemarie Schimmel group "History and Society during the Mamluk Era (1250-1517)", Bonn University
    • 2013-2017: Doctoral studies in Sapienza, Rome, PhD im März 2017
    • 2014-2016: Student assistent of Prof. Dr. Bethany Walker, Bonn University
    • 2009-2013: Islamic University of Europe, Rotterdam, Master Islamic Studies
    • 2002-2008: Islamic University of Madinah, Bachelor Islamic History, Hadith and Quran Studies
  • Publications


    1. Ibn Šākir al-Kutubī: ʿUyūn al-tawārīḫ. Ta’rīḫ sanawāt 700-760 h./1301-1359. IFPO, Beirut (3 vols., with M. Eychenne, forthcoming).
    2. Aḥmad b. Aybak b. ʿAbd Allāh al-Ḥusāmī: At-Tarāǧim al-ǧalīla al-ǧaliyya wa-l-ašyāḫ al-ʿāliya al-ʿaliyya. Bonn: Bonn University Press/V&R uni press 2017 (Mamluk Studies – Vol. 013, 2 vols).


    1. "Ibn Qāḍī Shuhba (d.1377/1448): His life and historical work." In: Jo van Steenbergen (ed.): New readings in Arabic Historiography from late medieval Egypt and Syria (SMS5 proceedings). Leiden: Brill 2021.
    2. "Refugees of the Black Death: Quantifying rural migration for plague and other environmental disasters." In: Annales de démographie historique 134.2 (2017): 63-93 (with Stuart Borsch).
    3. "Plague Mortality in Late Medieval Cairo: Quantifying the Plague Outbreaks 833/1430 and 864/1460 CE." In: Mamluk Studies Review XIX (2017): 115-148 (with Stuart Borsch).
    4. "Dawr ‘ulamā’ al–Maġrib bi’l–nahḍa al–‘ilmiyya fī Dimašq bi–nihāyat al–‘aṣr al– ‘utmānī: Anmūğ al–šaykh Ṭāhir al–Gazā’irī wa al–šaykh Badr al–Dīn Ḥusaynī." In: M.G. Sciortino (ed.): Al-Magrib al-'arabī: the system of relationships within the Arab-islamic world: center and periphery. Rome: Aracne Publisher 2013. 155-176.
    5. "Nazarāt bi-mudhakkirāt Muhammad Kurd 'Alī." In: Majallat al-usbū' al-adabī. Damascus 2009.