Dr. Pascal Held

Dr. Pascal Held

Institut für Sprachen und Kulturen des Nahen Ostens und Ostasiens
Lehrstuhl für Orientalische Philologie und Islamwissenschaft

Raum: Raum B 6A6
Bismarckstraße 1
91054 Erlangen


nach Vereinbarung über das Sekretariat

Projekt Kitāb an-Nawāmīs

Research Interests

  • Islamic mysticism (Sufism)
  • The history of the pre-modern Islamic Civilization
  • Islamic Philosophy
  • Shi’ism


  • 2007-2016       Ph.D., University of Chicago, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization
  • 2007-2010       M.A., University of Chicago, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization
  • 2003-2005       M.Phil., University of Oxford, Faculty of Oriental Studies
  • 1999-2002       B.A., University of Essex, History


  • 2017-2021       Assistant Professor, Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations, The American University in Cairo
  • 2016-2017       Departmental Lecturer in Islamic Studies, the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford



2022 Baghdad during the time of ʿAbd al-Qādir al-Jīlānī, Gorgias Press (2022).

Book Chapters

2022  “The Concept of Family in Islam”, The Concept of Education and the Concept of Family in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, De Gruyter (forthcoming).

Refereed Journal Articles

  • 2022 “Ibn al-Jawzi’s critique of Sufism in Talbis Iblis: a re-examination”, Studia Islamica, vol. 117.1, (2022), 88-126.
  • 2020 “Traces of mysticism in Ibn al-Jawzī’s thought; an examination of his Baḥr al-dumūʿ”, Journal of Islamic Studies, vol. 31, (2020), 141–172.
  • 2018 “Comparing the teachings of ʿAbd al-Qādir al-Jīlānī and Abū Madyan”, Journal of Sufi Studies, vol. 6.2 (2018), 165-189.

Book Reviews

  • 2022 Review of Sacred place and sacred time in the medieval Islamic Middle East: a historical perspective, by Daniella Talmon-Heller. Journal of Islamic Studies, vol. 33.1, (2022), 95–98.
  • 2016 Review of The Canonization of Islamic Law: A Social and Intellectual History, by Ahmed El Shamsy. Bulletin critique des Annales islamologiques, 31, (2016), 31-32.