Natalie Kontny-Wendt, M.A.
Foto: Natalie Kontny-Wendt
Emmy Noether research group 'Social Contexts of Rebellion in the Early Islamic Period (SCORE)'
Natalie Kontny-Wendt is a research associate in the Emmy Noether research group "Social Contexts of Rebellion in the Early Islamic Period (SCORE)". Her current research focuses on pro-ʿAlid - especially Zaydī - rebellions in the long 8th century CE.
Her project will take the rebellion of Zayd b. ʿAlī b. al-Ḥusayn b. ʿAlī b. Abī Ṭālib (b. 75/694-5 in Medina) as a starting point to contribute to a more nuanced understanding of pro-ʿAlid rebellions in the early Islamic period. Zayd’s rebellion, which took place in 122/740 in Kūfa, was the first uprising in the name of the ʿAlid family after the Battle of Karbalāʾ (61/680) and can be seen as the beginning of a long series of rebellions in the name of ʿAlid descendants against the Umayyad and ʿAbbasid Caliphate. The supporters and sons of Zayd b. ʿAlī, referred to as Zaydiyya in many sources, played a pivotal role in the political and military landscape of the early Islamic period and seem to have provided core support for most (if not all) ʿAlid rebellions that followed, well into the 9th century CE.
Previously, she worked as a research associate at the chair of Islamic Studies (Prof. Stefan Heidemann) and has worked on the perception and representation of the Indian Ocean in Arabo-Islamic sources, esp. geographies. One result of this research is her article "Arabo-Islamic geographies: Indian Ocean trade in Ibn Khurradādhbih's Kitāb al-Masālik wa-l-mamālik (fl. 884 CE)”, in: Hagit Nol (ed.), Long-Distance Trade in Early Medieval Landscapes (Medieval and Post-Medieval Mediterranean Archaeology Series, 4), Turnhout: Brepols.
She holds a M.A. and B.A. in Islamic Studies.
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
2021-present: Research Associate - Emmy Noether Research Group 'Social Contexts of Rebellion in the Early Islamic Period (SCORE)', Universität Hamburg
2017-2021: Research Associate at the Chair of Islamic Studies, Universität Hamburg
2016: M.A. in Islamic Studies at Universität Hamburg; Thesis Title: "Shaykh Abdallah Saleh al-Farsy's Qurani Takatifu"
2014-2015: Graduate Visiting Student at SOAS, University of London
2013: B.A. in Islamic Studies (major) and Political Sciences (minor) at Universität Hamburg