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Wilferd Ferdinand Madelung (born 26 December 1930) is a scholar of Islam. He was born in Stuttgartmarker, Germanymarker, where he completed his early education at Eberhard-Ludwig-Gymnasium.

His family moved to the United States after in 1947. He studied at Georgetown. Madelung went to Egyptmarker in 1952 and stayed there for a year. During his stay in Egypt the Coup d'√Čtat of 1952 by the Free Officers occurred. He also met Ihsan Abbas, the famous scholar of Islamic History, there. After his stay in Egypt he went back to Germany and completed his Ph.D in 1957. He worked with Spuler. In 1958 he was sent to Iraq by the German government to work at the embassy. Shortly after his arrival to Baghdad, Brigadier Abd al-Karim Qasim overthrew the regime in a bloody military coup. Madelung stayed in Iraq two more years. Madelung then taught at the University of Chicago.

Madelung was the Laudian Professor of Arabic at the University of Oxfordmarker from 1978 to 1998. He has written extensively on the early history of Islam, as well as on Islamic sects such as the Shi'a and the Ismailis. He has served on the editorial boards of several academic journals including the Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies.

Works

  • Madelung, W. (editor) - Arabic Texts Concerning The History of The Zaydi Imams of Tabaristan, Daylaman And Gilan, Franz Steiner, 1987
  • Madelung, W. - Religious Trends in Early Islamic Iran, 1988
  • Madelung, W. - Religious and Ethnic Movements in Medieval Islam, 1992
  • Madelung, W. - The Succession to Muhammad, Cambridge University Press, 1997
  • Madelung, W. and Walker, P. - An Ismaili Heresiography, Leiden, 1998
  • Madelung, W. and Walker, P. - The Advent of the Fatimids: A Contemporary Shi'i Witness, I.B. Tauris, 2000
  • Madelung, W. - Der Imam al-Qasim ibn Ibrahim und die Glaubenslehre der Zaiditen, Walter De Gruyter Incorporated, 2002
  • Madelung, W. - Religious school and sects in medieval Islam


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