Chair
Arabic and Islamic Studies
Endowed by Islamic and Arabic Studies
Date of appointment 01.03.2011
Inaugural lecture date 16.04.2012
Profile

Christian Lange (PhD Harvard, 2006) holds the Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Utrecht. His research is on Islamic intellectual and cultural history, particularly in the areas of Islamic eschatology, Islamic law and legal theory, and Islamic mysticism. From 2011-2015, he was the principal investigator of an ERC Starting Grant project, The here and the hereafter in Islamic traditions (HHIT). From 2017-2021, he is the principal investigator of the ERC Consolidator Grant project, The senses of Islam (SENSIS).

His Justice, punishment and the medieval Muslim imagination (CUP, 2008) is a study of state violence under the Seljuq dynasty (11th-13th c.) in political, eschatological, and legal terms. He has co-edited a collection of essays on the topic of public violence in Islamic societies (EUP, 2009), as well as a multi-author volume on the Seljuq dynasty (EUP, 2011). He is also the author of Paradise and hell in Islamic traditions (CUP, 2016), winner of the 2016 British-Kuwait Friendship Society Bookprize and the joint winner of the 2016 World Award for Book of the Year in Iran. In addition, he has edited a volume on hell in Islamic traditions, Locating hell in Islamic traditions (Brill, 2015 [Open Access]). His monograph Mohammed is forthcoming with Amsterdam University Press.

He welcomes inquiries about Research Master and PhD supervision, particularly in regard to projects straddling Islamic Studies and the Study of Religion.

Involved in the following study programme(s)
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since 3/2011: Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Utrecht University

2007-2011: Lecturer in Islamic Studies, University of Edinburgh

2006-2007: Adjunct Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Harvard Divinity School & Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University

2000-2006: AM & PhD, Committee on the Study of Religion, Harvard University

1997-2000: Studied Islamic Studies, Religious Studies and Law, Tübingen University and Cairo University

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Key publications

Lange, C.R. (2016). Locating Hell in Islamic Traditions. (369 p.). Leiden: Brill, This is an OPEN ACCESS publication..

Lange, C.R. (2016). Paradise and Hell in Islamic Traditions. (365 p.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Winner of the 2016 BKFS Bookprize..

Lange, C.R. (2008). Justice, Punishment and the Medieval Muslim Imagination. (290 p.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

All publications
Lange, C.R. (2017). Immolation. In Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson & Kate Fleet (Eds.), Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE (pp. 149-152) (4 p.). Brill publishers.
Lange, C.R. (2017). Religious Studies and the Study of Islam: Mutual Misperceptions, Shared Promises. Nederlands theologisch tijdschrift, 71 (1), (pp. 31-43) (12 p.).
Lange, C.R. (2016). Contemporary Salafi Literature on Paradise and Hell - The Case of 'Umar Sulayman al-Ashqar (d. 2012). In Elizabeth Kendall & Ahmad Khan (Eds.), Reclaiming Islamic Tradition - Modern Readings of the Classical Heritage (pp. 247-262) (15 p.). Edinburgh University Press.
Lange, C.R. (2016). Introducing hell in Islamic studies. In Christian Lange (Eds.), Locating hell in Islamic traditions (pp. 1-28) (28 p.). Leiden: Brill.
Lange, C.R. (2016). Locating Hell in Islamic Traditions. (369 p.). Leiden: Brill, This is an OPEN ACCESS publication..
Lange, C.R. (2016). Paradise and Hell in Islamic Traditions. (365 p.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Winner of the 2016 BKFS Bookprize..
Lange, C.R. (2016). Paradise and the Islamic Religious Imagination. In Alessandro Scafi & Charles Burnett (Eds.), The Cosmography of Paradise - The Other World from Ancient Mesopotamia to Medieval Europe (pp. 211-225) (14 p.). The Warburg Institute - Nino Aragno Editore.
Lange, C.R. (2016). Power, Orthodoxy and Salvation in Classical Islamic Theology. In Léon Buskens & Annemarie van Sandwijk (Eds.), Islamic Studies in the Twenty-First Century - Transformations and Continuities (pp. 135-159) (24 p.). Amsterdam UP.
Lange, C.R. (2016). Revisiting Hell's Angels in the Quran. In Christian Lange (Eds.), Locating Hell in Islamic Traditions (pp. 74-99) (26 p.). Leiden: Brill.
Lange, C.R. (2016). Sean Anthony: Crucifixion and Death as Spectacle: Umayyad Crucifixion in Its Late Antique Context (New Haven, 2014). Journal of Near Eastern Studies, 75 (1), (pp. 189-191).
Lange, C.R. (2016). The 'Eight Gates of Paradise' Tradition in Islam: A Genealogical and Structural Study. In Sebastian Günther & Todd Lawson (Eds.), Roads to Paradise: Eschatology and Concepts of the Hereafter in Islam (pp. 341-370) (29 p.). Leiden: Brill publishers.
Lange, C.R. (2015). Eenduidig of meerduidig? Waarom het moeizaam is om de koran te lezen. In Joas Wagemakers & Martijn de Koning (Eds.), Islam in verandering. Vroomheid en vertier onder moslims binnen en buiten Nederland (pp. 67-73). Almere: Parthenon.
Lange, C.R. (2014). A Sufi’s Paradise and Hell: Aziz-i Nasafi’s (fl. mid-7th/13th c.) Epistle on the Otherworld. In Alireza Korangy & Dan Sheffield (Eds.), No tapping around philology: a festschrift in honor of Wheeler McIntosh Thackston Jr.'s 70th birthday (pp. 193-214) (22 p.). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.
Lange, C.R. (2014). Public Order. In Peri Bearman & Ruud Peters (Eds.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Islamic Law (pp. 163-177) (15 p.). Farnhan-Burlington: Ashgate.
Lange, C.R. (2014). Sins, Expiation and Non-Rationality in Hanafī and Shafi'i Fiqh. In A. K. Reinhart & R. Gleave (Eds.), Islamic Law in Theory - Studies on Jurisprudence in Honour of Bernard Weiss (pp. 143-175) (33 p.). Leiden-Boston: Brill.
Lange, C.R. (2013). Ibn Hazm on Sins and Salvation. In S. Schmidtke & C. Adang (Eds.), Ibn Hazm Handbook (pp. 429-453) (25 p.). Leiden: Brill.
Lange, C.R. (2013). Privacy. In Gerhard Böwering et al. (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought (pp. 430a-431a). Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Lange, C.R. (2013). Vom Recht sich zu verhüllen. Dimensionen der Privatsphäre im muslimischen fiqh. In Peter Scholz, Christine Langenfeld, Jens Scheiner & Naseef Naeem (Eds.), Jahrbuch für Verfassung, Recht und Staat im islamischen Kontext (pp. 35-52) (18 p.). Baden-Baden: Nomos.
Lange, C.R. (16.04.2012). The discovery of paradise in Islam : the here and the hereafter in Islamic traditions. (31 p.). Utrecht: Faculteit Geesteswetenschappen, Universiteit Utrecht, Aanvaarding van het ambt van Hoogleraar in Islam en Arabisch aan de Universiteit Utrecht.
Lange, C.R. (2011). Barzakh. In G. Krämer, D. Matringe, J. Nawas & E. Rowson (Eds.), Encyclopaedia of Islam Three (pp. 67b-70a). Leiden: Brill.
Lange, C.R. (2011). Capital punishment. In G. Krämer, D. Matringe, J. Nawas & E. Rowson (Eds.), Encyclopaedia of Islam Three (pp. 104a-110b). Leiden: Brill.
Lange, C.R. (2011). Changes of Hisba ander the Seljuqs. In C. Lange & S. Mecit (Eds.), The Seljuqs: Politics, Society and Culture (pp. 157-181) (25 p.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Lange, C.R. (2011). Expiation. In G. Krämer, D. Matringe, J. Nawas & E. Rowson (Eds.), Encyclopaedia of Islam Three (pp. 138a-143b). Leiden: Brill.
Lange, C.R. (2011). Introduction. In C.R. Lange (Eds.), The Seljuqs: Politics, Society and Culture (pp. 1-9) (9 p.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Lange, C.R. (2011). Islamische Höllenvorstellungen. Genese – Struktur – Funktion. In Erich Hornung & Andreas Schweizer (Eds.), Eranos 2009 und 2010: Jenseitsreisen (pp. 153-193). Basel: Schwabe Basel.
Lange, C.R. (2011). Sitting by the Ruler’s Throne: al-Ghazālī on Justice and Mercy in this World and the Next. In D. Serrano (Eds.), Narrar y suscitar: violencia, compasión y crueldad en la literatura árabo-islámica (pp. 131-148) (18 p.). Madrid: CSIC.
Lange, C.R. (2011). Sitting by the ruler's throne: Al-Ghazali on justice and mercy in this world and the next. In Delfina Serrano (Eds.), Narrar y suscitar: violencia, compasión y crueldad en la literatura árabo-islámica (pp. 131-148) (17 p.). Madrid.
Lange, C.R. & Mecit, S. (2011). The Seljuqs: Politics, Society and Culture. (318 p.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Lange, C.R. (2010). Crime and Punishment in Islamic History (Early to Middle Period): A Framework for Analysis. Religion Compass, 4 (11), (pp. 694-706) (13 p.).
Lange, C.R. (2010). Hell (Jahannam, nar, sa'ir, saqar, Zaqqum). In G. Krämer, D. Matringe, J. Nawas & E. Rowson (Eds.), Encyclopaedia of Islam Three (pp. 143a-149b). Leiden: Brill.
Lange, C.R. (2010). Hisba and the Problem of Overlapping Jurisdictions: An Introduction to, and Translation of, the Hisba Diplomas in Qalqashandi's Subh al-a'sha. In G. Picken (Eds.), Critical Concepts in Islamic Studies: Islamic Law: Volume III: Consolidation and 'Stagnation' (pp. 320-341) (22 p.). London: Routledge.
Lange, C.R. (2009). Bis ans Ende der Welt: Die Lebensquellsage aus dem Alexanderbuch (=Sharafnāmeh) des Niẓāmī Ganjawī (gest. um 1200). In L. Korn, E. Orthmann & F. Schwarz (Eds.), Die Grenzen der Welt: Arabica et Iranica ad honorem Heinz Gaube (pp. 19-23) (5 p.). Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag.
Lange, C.R. & Fierro, M. (2009). Public Violence in Islamic Societies: Power, Discipline and the Construction of the Public Sphere, 7th-19th Centuries. (305 p.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Lange, C.R. & Fierro, M. (2009). Spatial, Ritual and Representational Aspects of Public Violence in Islamic Societies (1st—19th Centuries CE). In M. Fierro & C. Lange (Eds.), Public Violence in Islamic Societies (pp. 1-23) (23 p.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Lange, C.R. (2009). Where on Earth is Hell? State Punishment and Eschatology in the Islamic Middle Period. In C. Lange & M. Fierro (Eds.), Public Violence in Islamic Societies (pp. 156-178) (23 p.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Lange, C.R. (2008). Analogien and ihre Grenzen: Zum Begriff der muqaddarat in der hanafitischen and safi'itischen Rechtsschule. In Rainer Brunner & Reinkowski Maurus (Eds.), Orientalistik im 21. Jahrhandert: Welche Vergangenheit, welche Zukunft? (XXX. Deutscher Orientalistentag, Freiburg, 24.-28. September 2007) (pp. 1-12). Online publication.
Lange, C.R. (2008). Der geheime Name Gottes. (466 p.). Mainz: Zabern.
Lange, C.R. (2008). Justice, Punishment and the Medieval Muslim Imagination. (290 p.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Lange, C.R. (2007). Legal and Cultural Dimensions of Ignominious Parading (Tashhir) in Islam. Islamic Law and Society, 14 (1), (pp. 81-108) (28 p.).
Lange, C.R. (2007). 'On That Day When Faces Will Be Black’ (Q3:106): Toward a Semiology of the Human Face in the Arabo-Islamic Tradition. Journal of the American Oriental Society, 127 (4), (pp. 429-446) (18 p.).
Lange, C.R. (2006). Hisba and the Problem of Overlapping Jurisdictions: An Introduction to, and Translation of, the Hisba Diplomas in Qalqashandī’s Subh al-a'sha. Harvard Middle Eastern and Islamic Review, 6, (pp. 85-107) (23 p.).
Lange, C.R. (2005). Einmal Islam und zurück: Ein westöstliches Tagebuch. (224 p.). Berlin: Kadmos Kulturverlag.
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2011-15: ERC-Project "The here and the hereafter in Islamic traditions"

http://hhit.wp.hum.uu.nl/

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Currently prof. dr. Christian Lange teaches the following course(s):

In addition to the courses listed in the UU catalogue, I also co-teach (with Dr. Umar Ryad) a weekly Arabic tutorial ("Advanced readings in Arabic"). I'm also open to teaching tutorials at Master-level.

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Additional functions and activities

Member of De Jonge Akademie (KNAW), 2014-19.

Co-editor, The Encyclopaedia of Islamic Mysticism (Leiden: Brill, 2014-).

Co-editor, Studies in Islamic Apocalypticism and Eschatology (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015-, with David Cook).

 

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