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Sabine Schmidtke is an Islamic scholar from Germany. She is Professor of Islamic Intellectual History at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Schmidtke was elected in 2017 to the American Philosophical Society.[1]

Sabine Schmidtke
Academic background
Alma materOxford University
Academic work
InstitutionsInstitute for Advanced Study
Main interestsIslamic studies


Education and careerEdit

Schmidtke earned an undergraduate degree (summa cum laude) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1986 and an M.A. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 1987. She got her D. Phil. from Oxford University in 1990. From 1991 to 1999 she was a diplomat in the German Foreign Office.

From 1997 to 1999 she was a lecturer in Islamic studies at the University of Bonn and did her Habilitation while there. From 1999 to 2014 she taught Islamic Studies at the Free University of Berlin where she was a Founding Director of the department of "Intellectual History of the Islamic World". She held also fellowships at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2002, 2003; 2005-2006), the Institutes of Advanced Study in Princeton (2008-2009), the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies in Philadelphia (2010),[2] Tel Aviv University (2011), and the Scaliger Institute in Leiden University (2013).

In July 2014 she became Professor of Islamic Intellectual History in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study.[3]


  • Die Bibel in den Augen muslimischer Gelehrter : mit einem Geleitwort von Martin Grötschel, Research Unit Intellectual History of the Islamate World: Freie Universität Berlin, 2013, ISBN 3981561716
  • The Theology of al-ʿAllāma al-Ḥillī K. Schwarz, Berlin, 1991, ISBN 3922968937
  • Oxford handbook of islamic theology, Oxford University Press, 2016, ISBN 0199696705


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