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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Adaptation and Reorientation of Texts and its Actors in the Medieval and Early Modern Middle East (jrp000301)


  • Islamic Manuscripts
  • Arabic
  • Persian
  • Turkish
  • Knowledge Transfer
  • Text Transmission


  • West Asia
  • Central Asia



About the Project

Project term: April, 2024–March, 2027

In this study, researchers in history and related areas will collaborate to identify how certain cultural acts have contributed to the inclusion of certain historical texts and allowed others to fade into oblivion in medieval and early modern West Asia. Here, we define historical texts as those considered to encompass greater amounts of folklore than historical facts, including historical materials that are categorized in texts to be analyzed in literature or Islamic studies. This definition paves the way for interdisciplinary discussion to overcome the current division of research into sections related to language, region, and historical period in West Asian history.

Yui KANDA, Project Coordinator



  • Yui KANDA


  • Nobuaki KONDO (Co-Coordinator)

Joint Researchers

  • Philip BOCKHOLT (Co-Coordinator)
  • Kenichi ISOGAI
  • Takao ITO
  • Osamu OTSUKA
  • Kaori OTSUYA
  • Nobutaka NAKAMACHI
  • Kazuo MORIMOTO
  • Kumiko YAMAMOTO



The 2nd meeting

  • Date/Time: Wed 29 May 2024 15:30–17:00
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 3F Seminar Room, Online meeting
  • Language: English
  • 15:30–15:45 Dr. Yui Kanda (ILCAA)
    15:45–16:15 Dr. Kaori Otsuya (NIHU/ILCAA)
    “Jadhb al-Qulūb ilā Diyār al-Maḥbūb by ʿAbd al-Ḥaqq Muḥaddith al-Dihlawī (d. 1052/1642): A Persian Work Based on Al-Samhūdī’s (d. 911/1506) History of Medina?”
    Dr. Kaori Otsuya (NIHU/ILCAA)
    “Jadhb al-Qulūb ilā Diyār al-Maḥbūb by ʿAbd al-Ḥaqq Muḥaddith al-Dihlawī (d. 1052/1642): A Persian Work Based on Al-Samhūdī’s (d. 911/1506) Histories of Medina?”
    In recent years, there has been a significant increase in secondary literature on trans-regional cultural exchanges between South Asia and the Red Sea region, particularly from the fifteenth century onwards. Nevertheless, the reception of late medieval Arabic histories of the Hijaz in early modern South Asia remains relatively unexplored, partly due to the limited engagement of so-called “Arabists” in the discussion as well as the conventional division between the medieval and the early modern periods.
    This paper seeks to address this gap through a preliminary analysis of Jadhb al-Qulūb ilā Diyār al-Maḥbūb, a history of Medina written by the well-known South Asian hadith scholar and historian ʿAbd al-Ḥaqq Muḥaddith al-Dihlawī (d. 1052/1642). While researchers working on the history of South Asia have briefly but often mentioned that ʿAbd al-Ḥaqq wrote Jadhb al-Qulūb based on the histories of Medina by the late medieval Egyptian scholar al-Samhūdī (d. 911/1506), the relationship between Jadhb al-Qulūb and al-Samhūdī’s histories of Medina has largely escaped the attention of modern researchers in the field of the late medieval Arabic historiography.
    After introducing al-Samhūdī and ʿAbd al-Ḥaqq, this paper presents the wide distribution of the manuscripts of their works as well as the findings of a tentative comparison between Jadhb al-Qulūb and al-Samhūdī’s histories of Medina. In doing so, it hopes to shed light on transregional interactions between South Asia and the Red Sea region from the Hijazi perspective.

The 1st meeting Report (Japanese)

  • Date/Time: Mon 22 Apr 2024 13:00–14:00
  • Venue: Online meeting
  • Language: Japanese
  • 13:00–13:10 Yui Kanda (ILCAA)
    Introduction to the Annual Schedule (AY 2024)
    13:10–13:40 All Members
    Meeting and Introduction Session
    Q&A and Discussion

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