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Eirik Hovden

Researcher, in Arabic, Middle Eastern and Islamic studies
  • E-mailEirik.Hovden@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 80 93
  • Visitor Address
    HF-bygget, Sydnesplassen 7
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7805
    5020 Bergen

Currently I'm the principle investgator of the CanCode-project (2020-2024). The project focuses on processes of canonization and codification of Islamic law.

Project website: uib.no/cancode

Related to my post doctoral postion (2018-2020), I have taught Arabic textual analysis and translation in the couses  ARA111 and ARA112 which are two courses in the beginning of the bachelor program at the Department of Foreign Languages. I have also taught ARA211 which is a course in authentic modern and classical Arabic texts towards the end of the bachelor program.

Selected publications:

Eirik Hovden, Waqf in Zaydī Yemen. Legal theory, Codification and Local Practice, “Studies in Islamic Law and Society”, Leiden: Brill, 2019.

Eirik Hovden and Johann Heiss “Zaydī theology popularized: a hailstorm hitting the heterodox”, in Cultures of Eschatology, vol. 1: Worldly Empires and Scriptural Authorities in Medieval Christian, Islamic, and Buddhist Communities. Ed. Veronika Wieser, Vincent Eltschinger, Johann Heiss. DeGruyter, 2020. (Open access)

Eirik Hovden. “Sanaa. Dynastienes kamparena i et splittet land” in Brennpunkt Midtøsten. Byene som prisme. Ed. Nils Buitenschøn and Rania Maktabi. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget, 2018.

Johann Heiss, and Eirik Hovden. “Competing Visions of Community in Mediaeval Zaydī Yemen”. Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient (JESHO) 59 (2016) 366-407

Meanings of Community Across Medieval Eurasia. Editors: Eirik Hovden, Christina Lutter and Walter Pohl Leiden: Brill, 2016. (Open access, Brill online)

Eirik Hovden, “Birka and Baraka - Cistern and Blessing: Notes on Custom and Islamic Law Regarding Public Cisterns in Northern Yemen”. In Southwest Arabia across History: Essays to the Memory of Walter Dostal, Ed. Andre Gingrich and Siegfried Haas. Philosophisch-Historische Klasse, Denkschriften, 472. Band, 55-65. Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2014 (Open access: epub.oeaw.ac.at) 


Canonization and Codification of Islamic legal texts

Hovden will be the project leader for the CanCode-project starting in August 2020. The project is funded by  the Trond Mohn Foundation and the Univeristy of Bergen.

Project website: uib.no/cancode