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Department of History

Dr Konrad Hirschler



Konrad Hirschler
Department of History

Reader in the History of the Near and Middle East

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


Dr Konrad Hirschler
Email address:
020 7898 4602
020 7898 4699
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Office Hours:
Tuesdays 3-4pm (and by appointment)


Interests:Historiography; history of reading; cultural and social history of the premodern Middle East; crusades in the Middle East.

Previous PhD Students

Jorg Matthias Determann, 'Globalization, the Sate and Narrative Plurality: Historiography in Saudi Arabia' 2012

Fabian Stremmel, 'Changing Approaches and New Structures-German Cultural Diplomacy in Syria and Lebanon during the late Kaiserreich up to 1918', 2013


Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • David Beamish, Ottoman and North African Émigré Intellectuals in Paris, 1890-1914
  • Taylan Gungor, The mercantile experience of Ottoman Pera in the century after 1453


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BBC: Academic consultant on radio programme on Middle Eastern history. German Lutheran Church and Federal Police of Hamburg: Introduction to Islam and Middle Eastern history (with the aim to develop cultural sensibility for Middle Eastern migrants)

Available for
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Press
  • Briefings
  • Special Study Programmes
  • Short Term Consultancy
  • Long Term Consultancy
Regional Expertise
  • Near and Middle East
Country Expertise
  • Egypt
  • Syria
  • Turkey
  • English
  • French
  • German


Authored Books

Hirschler, Konrad (2012) The Written Word in the Medieval Arabic Lands: A Social and Cultural History of Reading Practices. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (paperback: 2013).

Hirschler, Konrad (2006) Medieval Arabic Historiography: Authors as Actors. London: RoutledgeCurzon (paperback: London: Routledge, 2011).

Edited Books

Hirschler, Konrad, ed. (2013) M. A. Köhler: Alliances and Treaties between Frankish and Muslim Rulers in the Middle East. Cross-Cultural Diplomacy in the Period of the Crusades, tr. P.M. Holt. Leiden: Brill. (The Muslim World in the Age of the Crusades)

Görke, Andreas and Hirschler, Konrad, eds. (2011) Manuscript Notes as Documentary Sources. Würzburg: Ergon Verlag. (Beiruter Texte und Studien 129)

Messner, A. and Hirschler, Konrad, eds. (2006) Heilige Orte in Asien. Räume göttlicher Macht und menschlicher Verehrung (Sacred Places in Asia). Schenefeld (Hamburg): EB-Verlag.

Book Chapters

Hirschler, Konrad (2014) 'Ibn Wāsil: An Ayyubid Perspective on Frankish Lordships and Crusades.' In: Mallett, Alex, (ed.), Muslim Historians of the Crusades. Leiden: Brill. (Forthcoming)

Hirschler, Konrad (2013) 'Studying Mamluk Historiography – From Source-Criticism to the Cultural Turn.' In: Conermann, Stephan, (ed.), Ubi sumus? Quo vademus? Mamluk Studies – State of the Art. Gottingen: Bonn University Press, pp. 159-186.

Hirschler, Konrad (2012) 'Islam: The Arabic and Persian Traditions, Eleventh-Fifteenth Centuries.' In: Foot, Sarah and Robinson, Chase, (eds.), The Oxford History of Historical Writing, vol. 2: 400-1400. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 267-286.

Hirschler, Konrad (2011) 'Zeugenschaft und Wissenstradierung in islamisch geprägten Gesellschaften der post-formativen Periode.' In: Drews, W. and Schlie, H., (eds.), Zeugnis und Zeugenschaft: Perspektiven aus der Vormoderne. Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink, pp. 101-118. (Trajekte)

Hirschler, Konrad (2011) 'Reading Certificates (samā’āt) as a Prosopographical Source: Cultural and Social Practices of an Elite Family in Zangid and Ayyubid Damascus.' In: Görke, Andreas and Hirschler, Konrad, (eds.), Manuscript Notes as Documentary Sources. Würzburg: Ergon Verlag, pp. 73-92. (Beiruter Texte und Studien 129)

Görke, Andreas and Hirschler, Konrad (2011) 'Introduction: Manuscript notes as documentary sources.' In: Görke, Andreas and Hirschler, Konrad, (eds.), Manuscript Notes as Documentary Sources. Würzburg: Ergon Verlag, pp. 9-20. (Beiruter Texte und Studien 129)

Hirschler, Konrad and Eilers, Kea and Clara, Seitz (2008) 'Religiousness Among Young Muslims in Germany.' In: al-Hamarneh, A. and Thielmann, J., (eds.), Islam and Muslims in Germany. Leiden: Brill, pp. 83-115.

Hirschler, Konrad (2008) 'Konformität und Randständigkeit: Bettler im vormodernen Nahen Osten (Conformity and Marginality: Beggars in the Pre-Modern Middle East).' In: Pistor-Hatam, Anja and Richter, Antje, (eds.), Bettler, Prostituierte, Paria: Randgruppen in asiatischen Gesellschaften. Hamburg: EB-Verlag, pp. 67-105. (Asien und Afrika (ZAAS) Kiel)

Hirschler, Konrad (2007) 'Riten der Gewalt: Protest und Aufruhr in Kairo und Damaskus (7./13. bis 10./16. Jahrhundert) (Rites of Violence: Violent Protests in Mamluk Cairo and Damascus).' In: Conermann, S. and v. Hees, S., (eds.), Islamwissenschaft als Kulturwissenschaft; 1: Historische Anthropologie. Ansätze und Möglichkeiten. Schenefeld (Hamburg): EB-Verlag, pp. 205-233.

Hirschler, Konrad (2006) 'Umstrittene heilige Orte im sunnitischen Islam: Syrien und Ägypten im späten Mittelalter (Disputed Holy Places in Sunni Islam: Syria and Egypt during the Late Medieval Ages).' In: Messner, A. and Hirschler, Konrad, (eds.), Heilige Orte in Asien. Räume göttlicher Macht und menschlicher Verehrung. Schenefeld (Hamburg): EB-Verlag, pp. 113-137.

Hirschler, Konrad (2005) 'Social Contexts of Medieval Arabic Historical Writing: Court Scholars Versus Ideal/Withdrawn Scholars – Ibn Wāsil and Abū Šāma.' In: Vermeulen, U. and Van Steenbergen, J., (eds.), Egypt and Syria in the Fatimid, Ayyubid and Mamluk Eras IV. Leuven: Peeters, pp. 311-331.

Hirschler, Konrad (2005) 'Carl Friedrich Cramer und die „morgenländischen Sprachen“: Anmerkungen zu einem Orientalisten des 18. Jahrhunderts (Carl Friedrich Cramer and the Oriental Languages: Notes on an Eighteenth-Century Orientalist).' In: Schütt, R., (ed.), „Ein Mann von Feuer und Talenten“. Leben und Werk von Carl Friedrich Cramer. Göttingen: Wallstein, pp. 87-100.


Hirschler, Konrad (2014) 'The Jerusalem Conquest of 492/1099 in the Medieval Arabic Historiography of the Crusades: From Regional Plurality to Islamic Narrative.' Crusades, 13 . (Forthcoming)

Hirschler, Konrad and Savant, Sarah (2014) 'Introduction - What Is in a Period? Arabic Historiography and Periodization.' Der Islam (special issue 'What is in a Period?', eds. Hirschler/Savant), 91 (1). pp. 6-19.

Hirschler, Konrad (2012) '‘Catching the Eel’ – Documentary Evidence for Concepts of the Arabic Book in the Middle Period.' Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies, 12 . pp. 224-234.

Hirschler, Konrad (2010) 'The 'Pharaoh' Anecdote in Pre-Modern Arabic Historiography.' Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies, 10 . pp. 45-74.

Hirschler, Konrad and Huebner, Ulrich (2009) 'Zwei neue mamlukische Inschriften aus Abū Mahtūb nahe aš-Šawbak.' Zeitschrift des Deutschen Palästina-Vereins, 125 (1). pp. 76-83.

Hirschler, Konrad (2008) 'The Formation of the Civilian Elite in the Syrian Province: The Case of Ayyubid and Early Mamluk Hamah.' Mamlūk Studies Review, 12 (2). pp. 95-132.

Hirschler, Konrad (2008) 'Erdbebenberichte und Diskurse der Kontinuität in der postformativen Periode (Reports on Earthquakes and Discourses of Continuity in the Postformative Period).' Der Islam, 84 (1). pp. 103-139.

Hirschler, Konrad (2007) '“He is a child and this land is a borderland of Islam”: Under-Age Rule and the Quest for Political Stability in the Ayyubid Period.' al-Masaq: Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean, 19 (1). pp. 29-46.

Hirschler, Konrad (2005) 'Pre-Eighteenth-Century Traditions of Revivalism: Damascus in the Thirteenth Century.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 68 (2). pp. 195-214.

Hirschler, Konrad (2002) 'Diskursive Räume in der PKK: Eine Studie zur kurdischen Geschichtsschreibung (Discursive Spaces in the PKK: A Study on Kurdish Historiography).' Kurdische Studien, 2 (1). pp. 63-79.

Hirschler, Konrad (2001) 'Defining the Nation: Kurdish Historiography in Turkey in the 1990s.' Middle Eastern Studies, 37 (3). pp. 145-66.

Book Reviews

Hirschler, Konrad (2013) 'Review of The Seljuks of Anatolia: Court and Society in the Medieval Middle East, edited by Peacock, A. and S.N. Yildiz.' The Mediaeval Journal, 3/2 . pp. 178-180.

Hirschler, Konrad (2012) 'Review of The Minarets of Cairo: Islamic Architecture from the Arab Conquest to the End of the Ottoman Period by D. Behrens-Abouseif.' Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes, 102 . pp. 414-416.

Hirschler, Konrad (2012) 'Review of Die Chronik des ibn Wasil. Gamāl ad-Dīn Muhammad ibn Wasil. Mufarrig al-Kurūb fī Ahbār Banī Ayyūb by M. Rahim.' Orientalische Literaturzeitung, 107 (4-5). pp. 285-286.

Hirschler, Konrad (2011) 'Review of The Plain of Saints and Prophets: The Nusayri-Alawi Community of Cilicia (Southern Turkey) and its Sacred Places by G. Procházka-Eisl/St. Procházka.' Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes, 101 . pp. 563-566.

Hirschler, Konrad (2011) 'Review of Gatekeepers of the Arab Past: Historians and History Writing in 20th Century Egypt by Y. Di-Capua.' Insight Turkey, 13 (1). pp. 222-224.

Hirschler, Konrad (2010) 'Review of The World of Pharmacy and Pharmacists in Mamlūk Cairo by L. Chipman.' Bulletin of SOAS, 73 (3). pp. 532-534.

Hirschler, Konrad (2010) 'Review of The Odyssey of Ibn Battuta. Uncommon Tales of a Medieval Adventurer by D. Waines.' BBC History Magazine, 11 (5). p. 76.

Hirschler, Konrad (2010) 'Review of Die Karolinger und die Abbasiden von Bagdad. Legitimationsstrategien früh-mittelalterlicher Herrscherdynastien im transkulturellen Vergleich by W. Drews.' Journal of Global History, 5 (1). pp. 177-178.

Hirschler, Konrad (2010) 'Review of Islamische Stiftungen zwischen juristischer Norm und sozialer Praxis, edited by A. Meier/J. Pahlitzsch/L. Reinfandt.' Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes, 100 . pp. 342-345.

Hirschler, Konrad (2010) 'Review of Ayyubid Jerusalem: The Holy City in Context 1187-1250, edited by R. Hillenbrand/S. Auld.' Bulletin of SOAS, 73 (1). pp. 208-210.

Hirschler, Konrad (2009) 'Review of Saladin. The Sultan and his Time, 1138-1193 by H. Möhring, transl. David S. Bachrach.' International History Review, 31 (4). pp. 838-839.

Hirschler, Konrad (2009) 'Review of Arabische Geschichtsschreibung in den arabischen Provinzen des Osmanischen Reiches (16.-18. Jahrhundert) by O. Weintritt.' Bulletin of SOAS, 72 (3). pp. 562-563.

Hirschler, Konrad (2009) 'Review of Charity, Endowments, and Charitable Institutions in Medieval Islam by Y. Lev.' The American Historical Review, 114 (2). p. 515.

Hirschler, Konrad (2009) 'Review of The Fortress of the Raven: Karak in the Middle Islamic Period (1100-1650) by M. Milwright.' Bulletin of SOAS, 72 (2). pp. 401-403.

Hirschler, Konrad (2008) 'Review of In laudem Hierosolymitani: Studies in Crusades and Medieval Culture in Honour of Benjamin Z. Kedar, edited by I. Shagrir/R. Ellenblum/J. Riley-Smith.' Bulletin of SOAS, 71 (3). pp. 572-573.

Hirschler, Konrad (2008) 'Review of Salah al-Din: al-Qa’id wa-‘asruhu by M. al-Hiyari, and Manhaj Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi fi al-hukm wa-al-qiyada by N. al-T. Sulayman.' al-‘Usur al-wusta - Bulletin of Middle East Medievalists, 20 (1). pp. 31-32.

Hirschler, Konrad (2008) 'Review of Violent Order: Religious Warfare, Chivalry, and the ‘Ayyar Phenomenon in the Medieval Islamic World by D. G. Tor.' Bulletin of SOAS, 71 (2). pp. 371-372.

Hirschler, Konrad (2007) 'Review of Certificats de pèlerinage d’époque Ayyoubide. Contribution à l’histoire de l’idéologie de l’Islam au temps des Croisades by D. Sourdel/J. Sourdel-Thomine.' Bulletin of SOAS, 70 (3). pp. 613-615.

Hirschler, Konrad (2006) 'Review of Das Paradigma der „islamischen Zivilisation“ – oder die Begründung der deutschen Islamwissenschaft durch Carl Heinrich Becker (1876-1933) by A. Haridi.' Bulletin of SOAS, 69 (2). pp. 321-322.

Hirschler, Konrad (2005) 'Review of Kompilation in arabischen Chroniken. Die Überlieferung vom Aufstand der Zang zwischen Geschichtlichkeit und Intertextualität vom 9. bis ins 15. Jahrhundert by K. Franz.' Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 15 (3). pp. 357-358.

Hirschler, Konrad (2005) 'Review of Ibn al-Wardi. Adib bilad al-Sham by M.S. Muhammad.' Mamluk Studies Review, 9 (2). p. 229.

Hirschler, Konrad (2005) 'Review of Fi ta’rikh al-Ayyubiyin wa-l-Mamalik by Q.A. Qasim.' Mamluk Studies Review, 9 (1). pp. 240-242.

Hirschler, Konrad (2004) 'Review of ‘Iqd al-juman fi tarikh ahl al-zaman. al-‘Asr al-Ayyubi by Mahmud Badr al-Din al-‘Ayni, edited by M.R. Mahmud.' Mamluk Studies Review, 8 (2). pp. 213-215.

Hirschler, Konrad (2004) 'Review of Der syrische Blitz. Saladins Sekretär zwischen Selbstdarstellung und Geschichtsschreibung by L. Richter-Bernburg.' Der Islam, 81 (2). pp. 354-356.

Hirschler, Konrad (2003) 'Review of Reinterpreting Islamic Historiography. Harun al-Rashid and the Narrative of the Abbasid Caliphate by T. el-Hibri.' Der Islam, 80 (2). pp. 363-365.

Hirschler, Konrad (2002) 'Review of Geschichte der arabischen Welt by U. Haarmann. 4th ed.' Bibliotheca Orientalis, 59 (1-2). pp. 174-176.

Hirschler, Konrad (2002) 'Review of The Rare and Excellent History of Saladin or al-Nawadir al-Sultaniyya wa ‘l-Mahasin al-Yusufiyya by Baha’ al-Din Ibn Shaddad, transl. D.S. Richards.' Bulletin of SOAS, 65 (2). pp. 382-383.

Hirschler, Konrad (2002) 'Review of Muslime und Franken by A. Schauer.' Bulletin of SOAS, 65 (1). pp. 150-152.

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