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  • PL 4 (Vuorikatu 3)

    00014

    Finland

20102019
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Description of research and teaching

Ilkka Lindstedt holds a PhD and title of docent in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Helsinki. He has published studies on early Islam, Arabic historiography, and Arabic epigraphy. He is currently a Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies.

His 2016–2019 research project at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, “Early Islamic rock inscriptions as historical sources,” looked at Arabic epigraphical material through theories of identity formation and group behavior. He utilizes in particular the social identity approach, a framework developed in social psychology. 

The argument put forward is that the Quran and Arabic epigraphy of the seventh century CE do not yet evince a distinctively Islamic identity or rites but, rather, the “Believers” (the name of the ingroup in the early sources) included some Jews and Christians. The Quran and epigraphy feature instances of intercommunal and intracommunal discourse and polemics that help to trace aspects and developments of the nascent identity.

Keywords

  • 615 History and Archaeology

Publications 2010 2019

The Last Roman Emperor, the Mahdī, and Jerusalem

Lindstedt, I., 2019, Antti Laato (ed.), Understanding the Spiritual Meaning of Jerusalem in Three Abrahamic Religions. Brill, p. 205-225

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Polemiikki identiteetin muodostuksen välineenä Raamatussa ja Koraanissa

Nikki, B. N. K. & Lindstedt, I. J., Apr 2018, In : Tiede & edistys. 43, 1, p. 31-47 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Pre-Islamic Arabia and Early Islam

Lindstedt, I. J., 2018, Routledge Handbook on Early Islam. Berg, H. (ed.). Abingdon: Routledge, p. 159–176 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Translation and Transmission: Collection of Articles

Lindstedt, I. (ed.) & Hämeen-Anttila, J. (ed.), 2018, Ugarit-Verlag. (The Intellectual Heritage of the Ancient and Mediaeval Near East; vol. 3)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientific

Al-Madāʾinī and the Narratives of the ʿAbbāsid Dawla

Lindstedt, I. J., 2017, In : Studia Orientalia Electronica. 5, p. 65–150

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Projects 2010 2015

Intellectual Heritage of the Ancient Near East

Berg, P., Hämeen-Anttila, J., Tuori, R., Svärd, S., Nokso-Koivisto, I., Lindstedt, I., Mattila, R., Ito, S. & Rollinger, R.

01/09/201030/09/2015

Project: Research project

The Intellectual Heritage of the Ancient Near East

van Dongen, E., Nokso-Koivisto, I., Lindstedt, I., Hämeen-Anttila, J., Rollinger, R., Tuori, R., Mattila, R. & Svärd, S.

01/01/201031/12/2015

Project: Research project

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Prizes

Nuoren Voiman avustajapalkinto 2013

Ilkka Lindstedt (Recipient), 5 Dec 2013

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities 2011 2019

Katsomuskasvatuksen iltapäivä "Merkityksellisiä kohtaamisia Hakunilassa"

Jutta Jokiranta (Speaker: Presenter), Ilkka Juhani Lindstedt (Speaker: Presenter), Nina Nikki (Speaker: Presenter)
4 Feb 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

Teaching Islamic theology

Elisa Uusimäki (Chair of organizing committee), Anna-Liisa Rafael (Member of organizing committee), Siiri Toiviainen (Member of organizing committee), Ilkka Lindstedt (Speaker: Presenter), Mulki Al-Sharmani (Speaker: Presenter)
9 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Teaching Islamic theology at University of Helsinki

Mulki Al-Sharmani (Speaker), Ilkka Lindstedt (Speaker)
9 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

‘Gender and Religious Identity: A Workshop with Daniel Boyarin’

Ilkka Lindstedt (Member of organizing committee), Elisa Uusimäki (Member of organizing committee)
27 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Fringe Orientalisms

Henning Trüper (Chair of organizing committee), Ilkka Lindstedt (Chair of organizing committee)
6 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars