Alena Kulinich

Position: Academic Visitor; Assistant Professor in Middle Eastern Studies at Seoul National University 

Faculty / College Address: Oriental Institute

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Research interests:

Islamic intellectual history; the history of tafsīr as a discipline and literary genre


Current projects:

Currently I am completing a monograph that examines Mu‘tazilite exegetical tradition through the analysis of the tafsīr of ‘Alī ibn ‘Īsā al-Rummānī (d. 384/994)


Courses taught at Seoul National University:

Origin and Development of Islamic Civilisation; Introduction to Islam; Diversity in Islam: the Sunni and the Shī‘a; Reading Classics (Arabic Literature in Translation)


Recent publications:

 “Ḥafṣ al-Fard.” The Encyclopaedia of Islam Three, Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis    Matringe et al. (eds.) Leiden: Brill, 2017, I: 95–97.

“Rethinking Muʿtazilite tafsīr: from essence to history.” Religion and Culture, Seoul National University 29 (2015): 227–62.

“Beyond theology: Muʿtazilite scholars and their authority in al-Rummānī’s tafsīr.” Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 78/1 (2015): 135–48.

Photograph of Alena Kulinich