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Professor Annemarie Schimmel1 (April 7, 1922 to January 26, 2003)

  • Burzine K. Waghmar (a1)

Annemarie Brigitte Schimmel, who died aged 80 on 26th January 2003, was the West's most outstanding expert on Sufism, classical and folk Islamic poetry, Indo-Pakistani literature, and calligraphy.

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Some extracts of the above first appeared in The Guardian (February 6, 2003): 24 of which copyright permission has been obtained. I thank Francis Robinson and Farrokh Vajifdar for their editorial comments. Annemarie Schimmel's American colleagues, some of whom have been my teachers, shared rich reminiscences: I am grateful to Richard Frye, Merlin Swartz, Wheeler Thackston Jr. and John Williams. The inspiration for this necrology came from my teacher Herbert Mason who peppered my directed study seminar on Islamic history with vignettes of Schimmelia.

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Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society
  • ISSN: 1356-1863
  • EISSN: 1474-0591
  • URL: /core/journals/journal-of-the-royal-asiatic-society
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