Ilkka Lindstedt

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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 current (2016–2019) research project at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, “Early Islamic rock inscriptions as historical sources,” looks 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. Epigraphy is complemented with the Quran and other Arabic texts.

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.

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Latest publications

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Islam: monoliitti vai monimuotoinen? (alio)

    Lindstedt, I., 1 Jul 2017, In : Turun Sanomat.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

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Latest activities

  1. 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

  2. ‘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

  3. 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

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Latest prizes

  1. Nuoren Voiman avustajapalkinto 2013

    Ilkka Lindstedt (Recipient), 5 Dec 2013

    Prize: Prizes and awards

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