Karen Bauer
Karen Bauer

Dr. Karen Bauer is a Senior Research Associate in the Qur’anic Studies Unit of the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. She specializes in Islamic social and intellectual history; her specific interests include the Qur’an and Qur’anic exegesis, the history of emotions in early Islam, and gender in Islamic history and thought. Although she is mostly known as a medievalist, she occasionally ventures into modern territory, such as when she interviewed religious scholars (ʿulamaʾ) in Iran and Syria for her book Gender Hierarchy in the Qur’an: Medieval Interpretations, Modern Responses(Cambridge University Press, 2015), which detailed the history of tafsīr through interpretations of verses on women, and was runner up for the BKFS Book Prize 2016. She has published on subjects such as emotional rhetoric in the Qur’an, women’s right to be judges in medieval Islamic law, the potential and actual audiences for medieval tafsīr, and a phrase pertaining to kindness in marriage that is present in documentary evidence of contracts of marriage and in works of tafsīr. In addition to her monograph, she edited a volume entitled Aims, Methods, and Contexts of Qur’anic Exegesis, 2nd/8th – 9th/15th centuries) (OUP/IIS, 2013). She is active in the International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA). Dr Bauer is currently working on An anthology of Qur’anic Commentaries, Volume 2: Women, which is an anthology of translations of Qur’anic verses and commentaries on the subject of women.

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