Jan Thiele is a scholar of Islamic intellectual history based at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Madrid. He is the author of Kausalität in der muʿtazilitischen Kosmologie (Leiden: Brill, 2011) and Theologie in der jemenitischen Zaydiyya (Leiden: Brill, 2013) and the coeditor of Philosophical Theology in Islam: Later Ashʿarism East and West (with Ayman Shihadeh; Leiden: Brill, 2020), Jewish-Muslim Intellectual History Entangled (with Camilla Adang, Bruno Chiesa, Omar Hamdan, Wilferd Madelung, and Sabine Schmidtke; Cam- bridge: Open Book, 2020), and the journal Intellectual History of the Islamicate World.
The most significant and by far largest collections of Zaydi manuscripts are housed by the many public and private libraries of Yemen, an endangered cultural heritage tradition, currently at risk due to the conflict and warfare in Yemen. The contributions brought together in this volume address a wide spectrum of aspects concerning Yemeni manuscript cultures, with some focusing on their history and present state within Yemen and others discussing the collections of manuscripts of Yemeni provenance in Europe and elsewhere.
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