Katharina Ivanyi

Katharina Ivanyi is a historian of Islam in the pre-modern and modern periods with interests in Islamic Law and theology, Sufism and the Islamic philosophical tradition. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University in 2012 and is currently external lecturer at the Institut für Orientalistik, University of Vienna. Her monograph Virtue, Piety and the Law: A Study of Birgivī Meḥmed Efendī’s (d. 981/1573) al-Ṭarīqa al-muḥammadiyya (Leiden: Brill, 2020) examined the work of a prominent sixteenth-century Ottoman jurist, Ḥadīth scholar and grammarian, who played an important role in the development of Ḥanafī piety in the early modern Ottoman world. For GHOST, Katharina is locating, collecting and describing Arabic manuscript sources relating to Ottoman science, theology and philosophy, which can illustrate Ottoman perceptions of nature and the supernatural.