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Carlos A. Segovia, Ph.D.


Division of Humanities


Education

Ph.D., Philosophy, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Practice Areas

Religious studies: philosophy, history, and anthropology of religion

Research Interests

Between 1997 and 2007 I mostly worked in the philosophy of religion, in general and in the broader context of the history of philosophy.

In turn, my main research field from 2007 to 2017 has been the history of religions and, in particular, the study of religious identity formation in late antiquity, with special emphasis on the intertwining of group-identity markers, sectarian boundaries, discursive strategies, and more generally the conceptualization of hybridity and ambiguity in religious origins, as a means to counter present-day ethnocentrism and xenophobia.

Yet my current research focuses instead on the anthropology of religion at the crossroads of contemporary philosophy and postcolonial studies. On the one hand, I am working on the definitions, forms, contexts, causes, and implications of religious violence in cross-cultural perspective against the background of Integrated World Capitalism. On the other hand, I work on animistic (especially Amazonian) ontologies, political anthropology, and post-colonial theory and practice, with a strong emphasis on the revision of conceptual production in the social sciences and the humanities and its potential delinking from the hegemonic power/knowledge regimes of global neoliberalism.

Publications and Media Placements

Scientific books (monographs and edited volumes)


Religious Violence, Integrated World Capitalism, and Cosmopolitics
. Forthcoming 

Remapping Emergent Islam: Texts, Social Contexts, and Ideological Trajectories. Edited by Carlos A. Segovia. Social Worlds of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam Press. Forthcoming in 2019. Under contract

 

The Quranic Jesus: A New Interpretation. Forthcoming at De Gruyter in 2018. Under contract

 

Immanence and the Sacred. In Spanish. Cordova: Almuzara, 2018

 

Paul the Jew: Rereading the Apostle as a Figure of Second Temple Judaism. Edited by Gabriele Boccaccini and Carlos A. Segovia. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2016

 

The Quranic Noah and the Making of the Islamic Prophet: A Contribution to the Study of Intertextuality and Religious Identity Formation in Late Antiquity. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – Tension, Transmission, Transformation, 4.Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter, 2015

 

Daniel Boyarin. Border Lines: The Partition of Judaeo-Christianity. Spanish edition. Translated by Carlos A. Segovia. Madrid: Trotta, 2013

 

The Coming of the Comforter: When, Where, and to Whom? Studies on the Rise of Islam and Various Other Topics in Memory of John Wansbrough. Edited by Carlos A. Segovia and Basil Lourié. Orientalia Judaica Christiana 3. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2012

 

The Quran: A Thematic Anthology. In Spanish. Edited and translated by Carlos A. Segovia. Madrid: Biblioteca Nueva, 2007

 

Al-Ash‘ari. Against Heterodoxes (Kitab al-Luma‘). In Spanish. Edited and translated by Carlos A. Segovia. Madrid: Biblioteca Nueva, 2006

 

Avicenna. A Selection from His Ilahiyyāt (Metaphysics). In Spanish. Edited and translated by Carlos A. Segovia. Madrid: Biblioteca Nueva, 2006

 

The Concept of Being in Islamic Philosophy: A Study on MullaSadraShirazi’s Kitab al-masha’ir. In Spanish. Foreword by José Antonio Antón Pacheco. Granada: University of Granada, 2005

 

Peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters

“Four Cosmopolitical Ideas for an Unworlded World (With a Map of Early-21st-Century Ontological Thought.” Forthcoming

 

“Spinoza and Savage Thought.” Forthcoming in Rhizomes: Cultural Studies on Emerging Knowledge

 

“Religion, Violence, and Integrated World Capitalism: Rethinking the Politics and the Ontology of Global Jihadism in Light of Today’s ‘Apocalyptic’ Condition.” Forthcoming in Religions

 

“Social Theory, Conceptual Imagination, and The Study of Stateless Societies: From Lévi-Strauss to Pierre Clastres.” Forthcoming in Anarchist Studies

 

“On Humanism and the Spirituality of Ethnocide.” In L’Humanisme en questions. Edited by Baudouin Decharneux and Guillaume Dye. Brussels: Free University of Brussels. Forthcoming

 

“Messalianism, Binitarianism, and the East-Syrian Background of the Qur’an.” In Remapping Emergent Islam: Texts, Social Contexts, and Ideological Trajectories. Edited by Carlos A. Segovia. Social Worlds of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam Press. Forthcoming in 2019

 

“The Renewed Interpretation of the Platonic Corpus and the Qur’an: How Formulating More Accurate Questions Leads to Finding Better Answers.” In Die Entstehung einer Weltreligion V. Edited by Robert Martin Kerr. Inârah 9. Berlin: Schiler. Forthcoming in 2019

 

“Friends, Enemies, or Merely Rulers: Reassessing the Early Jewish Sources Mentioning the Arab Conquest and the Rise of Islam.” In Jews and Judaism in Northern Arabia. Edited by Haggai Mazuz. The Brill Reference Library of Judaism. Leiden and Boston: Brill. Forthcoming

 

Surat al-Baqara (Q 2) and Surat al-Imran (Q 3): A Scholarly Commentary.” In French. In Le Coran des historiens / The HistoriansQur’an. Edited by Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi. Paris, Cerf. Forthcoming

 

“A Messianic Controversy behind the making of Muḥammad as the Last Prophet?” In Early Islam: Rethinking the Religious Milieu of Late Antiquity. Edited by Guillaume Dye. Late Antique and Medieval Islamic Near East. Chicago: Chicago Oriental Institute. Forthcoming

 

“On Lévi-Strauss, Proudhon, Mauss, and Clastres’ / ‘Sobre Lévi-Strauss, Proudhon, Mauss y Clastres.” Forthcoming in Palimpsestos: Revista de Arqueología y Antropología Anarquista 1 (2018)

 

“Metaphoric Recursiveness and Ternary Ontology: Another Look at the Language and Worldview of the Yaminahua.” Submitted to Tipití: Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America in August 2018

“Babil, Makka and Ta’if, or (always) Ctesiphon(-Seleucia)? New Insights into the Iranian Setting of the Earliest Quranic Milieu,” with Gilles Courtieu. To be Presented to the 3rd Nangeroni Meeting of the Early Islamic Studies Seminar (EISS), Naples, June 2019 (co-authored)

 

“A Very Brief Note on the Difference between French and Anglo-American Anthropology (in dialogue with David Graeber).” (accessible at www.academia.edu)

 

“15 Theses on Anarchism, the Ethics of Humanism, and the Spirituality of Ethnocide – in memoriam Pierre Clastres.” (accesible at www.academia.edu)

 

“Identity Politics and Scholarship in the Study of Islamic Origins: The Inscriptions of the Dome of the Rock as a Test Case.” In Identity, Politics and the Study of Islam: Current Dilemas in the Study of Religions. Edited by Matt Sheedy. Culture on the Edge: Studies in Identity Formation. London: Equinox, 2018

 

“Which Theologies in Conflict? Some Brief Suggestions for a Symptomatic Rereading of 4 Ezra in Light of P. Sacchi’s and E. P. Sanders’s Contributions to the Study of Early Judaism, with a Final Note on the Hodayot from Qumran and Paul.” InWisdom Poured Out Like Water: Studies on Jewish and Christian Antiquity in Honor of Gabriele Boccaccinis 60th Birthday. Edited by Jason von Ehrenkrook. Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature Studies. Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter. Forthcoming

 

“The Jews and Christians of pre-Islamic Yemen (Ḥimyar) and the Elusive Matrix of the Qur’ān’s Christology.” In Jewish Christianity and Islamic Origins. Edited by Francisco del Río Sánchez, 91-104. Judaïsme ancien et origines du christianisme 13. Turnhout: Brepols, 2018

 

“The Adam Narratives in the Qur’an: An Encrypted Christology?” In The Embroidered Bible: Studies in Biblical Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha in Honour of Michael E. Stone. Edited by Matthias Henze, William Adler, and Lorenzo DiTommaso, 913-27. Studia in Veteris Testamenti Pseudepigrapha. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2018

 

“‘Those on the Right’ and ‘Those on the Left’: Rereading Qur’an 56:1-56 (and the Founding Myth of Islam) in Light of Apocalypse of Abraham 21–2.” Oriens Christianum 100 (2017): 197-211

 

“Review of Jane McAuliffe, ed. The Quran: A Revised Translation. Origins. Interpretations and Analysis. Sounds, Sights, and Remedies. The Quran in America. Norton Critical Editions: Ancient, Classical, and Medieval Eras. New York and London: W. W. Norton, 2017.” The Enoch Seminar Online Review of Books (2017)

 

“Discussing/Subverting Paul: Polemical Rereadings and Competiting Supersessionist Misreadings of Pauline Inclusivism in Late Antiquity: A Case Study on the Apocalypse of Abraham, Justin Martyr, and the Qur’an." In Paul the Jew: Rereading the Apostle as a Figure of Second Temple Judaism. Edited by Gabriele Boccaccini and Carlos A. Segovia, 341-61. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2016

 

“Abraha’s Christological Formula RHMNN W-MSH-HW and Its Relevance for the Study of Islam’s Origins.” Oriens Christianum 98 (2015): 52-63

 

“Muhammad and the Messiah Son of Man: A New Look at the Christian Rots of Islam.” In Spanish. Erebea: Revista de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales 5 (2015): 43-60

 

“Bergman on Otherness: Reexamining Afresh Bergman’s Aesthetics.” In Spanish. Filmhistoria online 23.1 (2013)

 

“Reassessing Paul’s Jewishness: Israel, the Nations, and the Radical New Perspective on Paul.” In Spanish. Bandue 7 (2013): 181-205

 

“John Wansbrough and the Problem of Islamic Origins in Recent Scholarship: A Farewell to the Traditional Account.” In The Coming of the Comforter: When, Where, and to Whom? Studies on the Rise of Islam and Various Other Topics in Memory of John Wansbrough. Edited by Carlos A. Segovia and Basile Lourié. Orientalia Judaica Christiana 3, xix-xviii. Piscataway, NJ (USA): Gorgias Press, 2012

 

“Thematic and Structural Affinities between 1 Enoch and the Qur’an: A Contribution to the Study of the Judaeo-Christian Apocalyptic Setting of the Early Islamic Faith.” In The Coming of the Comforter: When, Where, and to Whom? Studies on the Rise of Islam and Various Other Topics in Memory of John Wansbrough. Edited by Carlos A. Segovia and Basile Lourié, 231-67. Orientalia Judaica Christiana 3, 231-67. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2012

 

“Noah as Eschatological Mediator Transposed: From 2 Enoch 71-72 to the Christological Echoes of 1 Enoch 106:3 in the Qur’an.” Henoch 33.1 (2011): 130-45

 

“On the (Extra-)Quranic Sources of Ibn ‘Arabi’s Ontology.” In Spanish. In El Corán ayer y hoy: Perspectivas actuales sobre el Islam: Estudios en honor del profesor Julio Cortés. Edited by M. Hernando de Larramendi and S. Peña Martín, 91-105. Cordova (Spain): Berenice, 2008

 

“On the Asymmetrical Development of Some Common Semitic and Indo-European Lexemes and Its Incidence upon the Bible and the Qur’an.” In Spanish. mite: Revista de Filosofía y Psicología 15 (2007): 21-37

 

“Intellect and Angelology in Avicenna's Gnosis.” In Spanish. In Intellect et imagination dans la philosophie médiévale: Actes du XIe Congrès International de Philosophie Médiévale de la Société Internationale pour l’Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale (Porto, du 26 au 31 août 2002). Edited by M. C. Pacheco and J. Meirinhos, 3.563-69. Turnhout: Brepols, 2006

 

“Life and Works of Abū l-Hasan al-Ash‘ari.” In Spanish. Revista Española de Filosofía Medieval 12 (2005): 253-60. Arabic translation in al-Ibāna 1 (1434 a.H./2013): 279-301

 

“Mulla Sadra’s Onto-Henology and the Contemporary Western Debate on Nihilism.” In Islam-West Philosophical Dialogue: The Papers Presented at the World Congress on Mulla Sadra (May 1999, Tehran), 5.415-28. Tehran: Sadra Islamic Philosophy Research Institute, 2002.

 

“Univocism and Monadology in Post-Avicennan Iranian Philosophy II: Mullā Sadra Shrazi’s Ishraqi Hermeneutics of Ibn ‘Arabi’s Gnosis and His Discussion of Avicennan Ontology.” Éndoxa: Series Filosóficas 16 (2002): 195-209

 

“Univocism and Monadology in Post-Avicennan Iranian Philosophy I: Mulla Sadra Shirazi’s Philosophical Development of Ibn ‘Arabi's Gnosis.” In Spanish. Anales del Seminario de Historia de la Filosofia 18 (2001): 79-108

 

“Mulla Sadra Shirazi and the Concept of Physis in Post-Avicennan Islamic Philosophy.” In Spanish. Ontology Studies/Cuadernos de Ontología 1–2 (2001): 436-37

 

“The Reception of Avicenna in the Eastern Lands of Islam.” In Spanish. Revista de Filosofía XI/20 (1998): 85-98

 

Amor Dei Intellectualis: A Philosophical Approach to Sufism.” In Spanish. Anales del Seminario de Historia de la Filosofía 14 (1997): 131-50

 

Non-refereed scientific articles and book chapters

 

“The Stoic Anomaly: An Inquiry into Some Possible Semitic Components in Stoic Logic and Physics.” In Spanish. Paideía: Revista de Filosofía y Didáctica Filosófica 89 (2010): 295-307

 

“Jewish-Christianity: A New Hypothesis; Followed by a Summary of Aphrahat’s 17th Demonstration (on the Divinity of Christ).” In Spanish. Isidorianum 37 (2010): 83-108

 

“1 Enoch and the Contemporary Study of Jewish Apocalypticism: A Conversation with Gabriele Boccaccini.” In Spanish. EPIMELEIA: Revista de Estudios sobre la Tradición 35/36 (2009): 7-28

 

“Louis Massignon: Between Christianity and Islam.” In Spanish. In Louis Massignon, 1908-2008. Edited by J. A. Antón Pacheco, 37-54. Madrid: Mandala, 2008

 

“Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perceptions of Time.” In Spanish. Isidorianum 30 (2007): 187-204

 

“Gnosis, Philosophy, and Scriptural Hermeneutics in Suhrawardi.” In Spanish. In El conocimiento y la experiencia espiritual. Edited by A. López Tobajas and M. Tabuyo, 43-63. Palma de Mallorca (Spain): J. J. de Olañeta, 2007

 

“Abrahamic Religions and the Concept of Nature.” In Spanish. In La naturaleza y el espíritu. Edited by A. López Tobajas and M. Tabuyo, 35-57. Palma de Mallorca (Spain): J. J. de Olañeta, 2006

 

“Hermeneutics, Immanence, and Time.” In Spanish. In Edward W. Said: Crítica de la alteridad interesada. Edited by A. Oliver Martí, 89-111. Valencia (Spain): UNESCO, 2006

 

“Between Mystical Union and Spiritual Chivalry: Some Reflections on the Jewish Ethical Legacy in Christianity and Islam.” In Spanish. In Las raíces de la cultura europea. Ensayos en homenaje al profesor Joaquín Lomba Fuentes. Edited by J. Solana Dueso, E. Burgos Díaz, and P. L. Blasco Aznar, 277-86. Zaragoza (Spain): Prensas Universitarias de Zaragoza and Institución Fernando el Católico, 2004

 

Publications intended for professional communities (encyclopaedia and dictionary entries, textbooks, etc.)

 

“Infancy Narratives,” with Guillaume Dye. In French. In Dictionaire Jésus. Edited by Michel Tardieu and Baudouin Decharneux. Paris: CNRS. Forthcoming

 

“Jesus in the Qur’an,” with Guillaume Dye. In French. In Dictionaire Jésus. Edited by Michel Tardieu and Baudouin Decharneux. Paris: CNRS. Forthcoming

 

“Life of Adam and Eve.” In Routledge Encyclopaedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions. Edited by Eric Orlin, Lisbeth Fried, Jennifer Wright Knust, E. Orlin and Michael L. Satlow, and Michael E. Pregill, 541. London and New York: Routledge, 2015

 

“Psalms of Solomon.” In Routledge Encyclopaedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions. Edited by Eric Orlin, Lisbeth Fried, Jennifer Wright Knust, E. Orlin and Michael L. Satlow, and Michael E. Pregill, 766. London and New York: Routledge, 2015

 

“Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs.” In Routledge Encyclopaedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions. Edited by Eric Orlin, Lisbeth Fried, Jennifer Wright Knust, E. Orlin and Michael L. Satlow, and Michael E. Pregill, 943. London and New York: Routledge, 2015

 

“Paul the Jew.” A collective interview with Gabriele Boccaccini, William Campbell, James Charlesworth, Kathy Ehrensperger, Paula Fredriksen, Larry Hurtado, Mark Nanos, Anders Petersen, Antonio Piñero, and Isaac Oliver. The Enoch Seminar Online: International Scholarship on Second Temple Judaism, Christian, Rabbinic, and Islamic Origins, 2013

 

“Early Islamic Studies,” with Guillaume Dye, Tommaso Tesei and Emilio González Ferrín. 4 Enoch: The Online Encyclopedia of Second Temple Judaism (Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Origins), with more than 400 sub-entries, 2010–2013

 

“Spanish Scholarship.” 4 Enoch: The Online Encyclopedia of Second Temple Judaism (Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Origins), with more than 400 sub-entries, 2010–2013

 

A Handbook of Islamic History and Culture. In Spanish. Madrid: Spanish National University of Distant Education, 2007; 2nd ed., 2008. 3rd ed., Madrid: Camilo José Cela University (UCJC), 2009; 4th ed., 2010

 

Publications intended for the general public

 

“Abdul-Rahman Abul-Majd and Carlos A. Segovia Discuss on Quranic Intertextuality and the Future of Quranic Studies.” Alukah: Online Journal of Islamic Literature, 2015

 

“The Earliest Quranic Manuscript?” In Spanish.In Spanish. Revista de libros Blog, July 24, 2015

 

“Review of A. Hughe’s Theorizing Islam: Disciplinary Deconstruction and Reconstruction, G. Bowersock's The Throne of Adulis: Red Sea Wars on the Eve of Islam, A.-L. de Premare’s Aux origines du Coran. Questions dhier, approaches daujourdhui, and S. Shoemaker's The Death of a Prophet: The End of Muhammad's Life and the Beginnings of Islam.” In Spanish. Revista de libros 193, 2014

 

Paul of Tarsus: Jew o Christian? In Spanish. Foreword by Antonio Piñero. Madrid: Atanor, 2013

 

“Thinking Jews, Christians, and Muslims Differently: A Short Interview with Daniel Boyarin.” In Spanish. Editorial Trotta Blog, 2013

 

“On the Origins of the Qur’an.” In Spanish. Revista de libros 193 (2014)

 

“The Library from Qumran and the Essenes.” In Spanish. Historia National Geographic 88 (2011): 40-48

 

“Religious Tolerance and the Critical Study of Islamic Origins.” In Spanish. WebIslam, 2010

 

“Recent Scholarship on Islamic Origins: A Survey.” In Spanish. WebIslam, 2009

 

“Review of J. Lomba’s The Essential Avicenna.” In Spanish. WebIslam, 2009

 

“Studying Classical Islamic Thought: Why, and How?” In Spanish. Diálogo mediterráneo 43 (2007): 40-41

 

“A Very Short Review of L. Gardet’s y M.-M. Anawati’s An Introduction to Islamic Theology (1948).” In Spanish. WebIslam, 2007

 

“A Very Short Review of P. Morewedge’s Neoplatonism and Islamic Thought (1992).” In Spanish. WebIslam, 2007

 

“A Very Short Review of R. Arnaldez’s Three Messengers for One God (1983).” In Spanish. WebIslam, 2007

 

“A Very Short Review of A. M. Schimmel’s Mystical Dimensions of Islam (1975, 1986, 2002).” In Spanish. WebIslam, 2007

 

“A Very Short Review of M. Th. Houtsma and P. J. Bearman’s Encyclopedia of Islam, EI (1913-1938, 1960-2005).” In Spanish. WebIslam, 2007

 

“A Very Short Review of D. Urvoy’s Freethinkers in ClassicaL Islam (1996).” In Spanish. WebIslam, 2007

 

“A Very Short Review of M. Asín Palacios’s Ibn Masarra and His School (1916, 1946, 1992).” In Spanish. WebIslam, 2007

 

“A Very Short Review of C. Gilliot’s Tabari’s Quranic Exegesis (1990).” In Spanish. WebIslam, 2007

 

“A Very Short Review of M. Campanini’s An Introduction to Islamic Philosophy (2004).” In Spanish. WebIslam, 2006

 

“A Very Short Review of Ch. Jambet, Alamut and the Great Resurrection (1990).” In Spanish. WebIslam, 2006

 

“A Very Short Review of D. Gimaret’s God in the Image of Man (1997).” In Spanish. WebIslam, 2006

 

“A Very Short Review of H. Corbin’s The Paradox of Monotheism (1976-1977, 1981). In Spanish. WebIslam, 2006

 

“A Very Short Review of L. Massignon’s The Passion of al-Hallâj (1922) and Other Writings.” In Spanish. WebIslam, 2006

 

“A Very Short Review of A. J. Wensinck’s A Concordance of the Muslim Tradition (1936-1988).” In Spanish. WebIslam, 2006

 

“A Very Short Review of G. Flügel’s Concordantia coranica (1842, 1898).” In Spanish. WebIslam, 2006

 

“A Very Short Review of I. Goldziher’s Vorlesungen über den Islam  (1910). In Spanish. WebIslam, 2006

 

“Review of M. Cruz Hernández, J. Lomba Fuentes, J. Puig Montada, and R. Ramón Guerrero, Medieval Arabic Philosophy in Spain.” In Spanish. Anales del Seminario de Historia de la Filosofía 18 (2001): 296-8

 

“Review of R. Ramón Guerrero’s Averroes on Philosophy and Religion.” In Spanish. Anales del Seminario de Historia de la Filosofía 16 (1999): 235-47

 

Audio-visual material

 

The Qur’an Explained, “Qur’an 11:35 – Muhammad and Noah.” In German. Deutschlandfunk (German National Radio), September 21, 2018

 

The Qur’an Explained, “Qur’an 47:2 – Was the quranic prophet really called Muhammad.” In German. Deutschlandfunk (German National Radio), July 14, 2017