Alena Kulinich


Associate Faculty Member

Faculty Address:

Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


Research Interests:

Islamic intellectual history; Qur’ānic hermeneutics; poverty in the Qur’ān and its interpretations in medieval Islamic societies

Current Projects:

Poverty in the Qur’ān: Medieval Islamic Interpretations and Uses (EU Horizon 2020 MSCA IF programme; project grant PiQ 895313)

Recent Publications:

Peer-reviewed articles

2019 Kulinich A. ‘“And if one asks… it is answered…”: the question-and-answer pattern in al-Ṭabarī’s (d. 310/923) commentary on sura al-Fātiḥa.’ Journal of Arabic Language & Literature 23/3: 145–170.
2019 Kulinich A. ‘Discourses on diversity in medieval interpretation of the Qur’ān.’ Journal of Korean Association of Islamic Studies 29/2 (2019): 1–34.
2018 Kulinich A. ‘Textual encounter’: the Sabians in Qur’ānic exegesis.’ Journal of Humanities 75/4 (2015): 13–50.
2015 Kulinich A. ‘Beyond theology: Mu‘tazilite scholars and their authority in al-Rummānī’s tafsīr.’ Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 78/1 (2015): 135–148.
2015 Kulinich A. ‘Rethinking Mu‘tazilite tafsīr: from essence to history.’ Religion and Culture, SNU 29 (2015): 227–262.

Encyclopaedia entries

2017 Kulinich A. ‘Ḥafṣ al-Fard.’ Encyclopaedia of Islam Three. Leiden: Brill, 2017, I: 95–97.

Photograph of Alena Kulinich