Re-examining the place of textuality in Islamic Studies

Philology and its Critics

Mohannad Abusarah


Suzanne Marchand

June 1, 2022


Professor Suzanne Marchand joins the Reading Practices Hub to discuss German Orientalism and the philological approach. She gives an overview of the history of German Orientalism and the reason for choosing it as a subject of her study. In the episode, Prof. Marchand also discusses the critique of philology and mentions that some critics of philology lack a comprehensive understanding of it.

Host: Mohannad Abusarah

Date recorded: May 23rd, 2022

Mohannad Abusarah

Mohannad Abusarah is a PhD student in the Department for the Study of Religion. He earned his second Bachelor and MA degree in the Study of Religion and Philosophy from the University of Toronto. He studies the intellectual history of medieval and modern Islamic societies with a focus on the transition of the modern Islamic discourse. His project investigates the relationship between European thought, especially 17th and 18th century philosophy, and the transition to modern Islamic discourses. Mohannad also focuses on methods and theories in religion and intellectual history.

Suzanne Marchand

Suzanne Marchand is LSU Systems Boyd Professor of European Intellectual History at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. Marchand obtained her BA from UC Berkeley in 1984, and her PhD from the University of Chicago in 1992. She served as assistant and then associate professor at Princeton University before moving to LSU in 1999.