In view of the successful three Summer Schools on Ibadism and Omani Studies in Volos, Greece (2017), on Procida Island (Naples), Italy (2018) and in Vancouver, Canada (2019), respectively, the Scientific Committee supervising the Summer School, its patron and sponsor agreed to continue and herewith invite to the

Fourth Summer School on Ibadism

scheduled for taking place in Tuebingen, Germany, in the period of 7th to 11th September 2020.

Since the announcement of the 4th Summer School on Ibadism, the virus SARS-CoV-2 has changed the world dramatically with no end in sight, yet. In view of this unusual situation, the co-organizing partners and hosts of the Summer School (University of Tuebingen, the University “L’Orientale” of Naples, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the College of Sharī‘a Sciences of the Sultanate of Oman agreed not to cancel, but to postpone it to next year.

The *4th Summer School on Ibadism* is now scheduled for taking place in *Tuebingen *(Germany) in the period of *30 May 2021* (arrival day) *to 05 June 2021* departure day). Since the Summer School is not cancelled, but postponed, the same programme that has been prepared for this year will be offered next year. In addition to that, applicants for this year's Summer School be assured that their submitted applications shall be considered valid for next year, too, unless respective applications will be withdrawn.

Further information concerning the postponed Summer School will be provided in due time.

Since Tuebingen, most notably in the personality of Professor Josef van Ess, is closely related to the evolving academic Ibadi and Omani studies and their developments, the idea has been put forward to begin the next Summer School on Ibadism with a one-day workshop in honour of Professor Josef van Ess.

Under the title of

"Assessing the Study Of Early Ibadi Sources: methodologies, developments and perspectives"

the workshop is intended to pay tribute to the contribution which Professor van Ess made to research and study particularly on early Ibadi sources and the formation of Ibadi identity as expressed in early Ibadi theological and legal thinking. Ad personam invited colleagues and students of Professor van Ess will assess his rich respective oeuvre, a legacy that at the same time will serve as the source of inspiration for the subsequent Summer School.

Under the title of

"Cultural Encounters and Ibadi Theological Developments"

the Summer School will focus on text studies (early sources) bearing on the emergence and early development of Ibadi theological thinking within the culturally and religiously multifaceted context and spectrum of Early Islam.

As in the years passed. we invite applications from PhD and Senior MA students working on Ibadism and/or related matters that help to understand how certain theological concepts and ideas out of the great variety that made up context and spectrum of Early Islam, crystallized into a specifically Ibadi theology, what may have furthered this process, and who may have prompted it. Participating students are expected to present the fruits of their own pertinent research (25 to 30 minutes presentation, followed by 15 to 20 minutes discussion). Additional input will be given by ad personam invited keynote speakers who will serve also as respondents on the students' presentations.

Applications for participation in the Summer School should contain:

  1. An outline of the intended presentation
  2. Applicant's CV
  3. A motivational letter

and be submitted not later than

19 May 2020

to Prof. Angeliki Ziaka or to Prof. Ersilia Francesca.

All submitted applications will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee supervising the Summer School.

REQUIREMENTS: MA and PhD Students of all over the world are encouraged to participate. A background in Islamic studies is welcome.

NUMBER OF STUDENTS: 10-12. At least 3 students will be selected from the MA and PhD students of the hosting country.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS: All teaching, course materials and coursework will be in English. Students are required to have at least an intermediate level knowledge of English.
Knowledge of Arabic is welcome.

COSTS: The Summer School will provide accommodation, meals and one excursion for the selected students. No tuition fees required.

Successful candidates will be informed of the decision via email.