Field of interest: early and classical Arabic historiography, classical Arabic prose literature, history of the Near East in Late Antiquity, Arabic tribal politics, Arabic genealogy, Arabic manuscript studies
Early Islamic history and medieval Arabic historiography form the backbone of my interest from the beginning of my university studies. My MA thesis in Arabic and Islamic studies explored the authorial strategies of thirteenth–fifteenth-century Arabic historical sources describing the events of the great 1201/2 earthquake in the Levant. My MA thesis in History examined the Arabic tribal politics before the rise of Islam and during Muḥammad’s lifetime.
My doctoral thesis focuses on Ibn Aʿṯam al-Kūfī’s (d. ca. in the first half of the tenth c.) Kitāb al-futūḥ with a special emphasis on the work’s first chapters which are concerned with the ridda wars, i.e. the tribal conflicts emerging after the death of Prophet Muḥammad. This ca. one-year period is a crucial part of the formative period of Islam and thus is of immense importance in the emergence of various legitimating strategies in Islamic political thought.
In the frame of my thesis I prepare the critical edition of the Kitāb al-futūḥ’s ridda chapters, too.
2012–: Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Doctoral School for Linguistics (supervisor: Professor Miklós Maróth)
2005–2012: Pázmány Péter Catholic University: University degree (MA) in Arabic and Islamic Studies; University degree (MA) in History with a teaching degree
1999–2005: Könyves Kálmán Grammar School, Budapest
SCHOLARSHIPS, STUDY VISITS
2016: Institut dominicain d’études orientales (Cairo, Egypt) – Avicenna Institute research grant, 1 month
2015–2016: Georg-August-Universität (Göttingen, Germany) – DAAD Short term research grant & Avicenna Institute research grant, 5 months
2015: Institut dominicain d’études orientales (Cairo, Egypt) – Avicenna Institute research grant, 1 month
2014: Institut dominicain d’études orientales (Cairo, Egypt) – Avicenna Institute research grant, 1 month
2014: Universität Wien, Institut für Orientalistik (Vienna, Austria) – Campus Hungary short term research grant, 1 month
2011: Johannes Gutenberg Universität (Mainz, Germany) – Erasmus scholarship, 6 months
2010: National Museum of Damascus / Tartous Museum (Syria) – research grant, 2 months
2009: Tartous Museum (Syria) – research grant, 2 months
2008: The Sheikh Ahmed Kuftaro Foundation: The Institue of Arabic Language and Islamic Studies for Non-Arabic Speakers (Damascus, Syria) – Arabic language course, 2 months
2007–2008: The Arabic Teaching Institute for Non-Arabic Speakers (Damascus, Syria) – Hungarian State Scholarship, 10 months