Blanca Villuendas Sabaté


Junior Postdoctoral Researcher

Faculty / College Address:

Clarendon Institute, Walton Street, Oxford OX1 2HG


Research Interests:

Intellectual history, transmission of ideas, manuscript studies, Arabic and Judeo-Arabic Studies, Cairo Genizah, divinatory sciences (geomancy, dream interpretation) and text edition.

Current Projects:

Researcher for the AHRC-DFG project: “The History of the Jewish Book in the Islamicate World”. PIs: Prof. Dr Judith Olszowy-Schlanger and Prof. Dr Ronny Vollandt (LMU).

Research in Arabic dream interpretation and geomancy. Ongoing editions and studies of several treatises.

Participation in the edition of a commentary of the medical poem of Avicenna by the Andalusian philosopher and physician, Ibn Ṭumlūs, a project coordinated by Prof. Miquel Forcada (University of Barcelona).

Participation in the edition of a commentary by ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Nābulusī of the Quranic commentary of al-Bayḍawī, coordinated by Prof. Lejla Demiri (University of Tübingen).

Courses Taught:

Centre for Islamic Theology (ZITh), Universität Tübingen:

“Islamic manuscripts and text edition”. SS 2017; WS 2017/18; SS 2018 and SS 2019.

“Dream interpretation in Islam”. SS 2017.

“Exegesis of dreams in Islam”. WS 2017/18.

“Authors and Texts from al-Andalus”. SS 2018.

“Islam and other religions”. WS 2018/19.

“Arabic III”. WS 2018/19.

Recent Publications:


  • Onirocrítica islámica, judía y cristiana en la Gueniza de El Cairo: edición y estudio de los manuales judeo-árabes de interpretación de sueños. CSIC, Madrid, 2020. ISBN: 978-84-00-10560-0.

Peer-reviewed articles and book chapters:

  • “Reading Islamic Dream Books in the Cairo Genizah”, Intellectual History of the Islamicate World, volume 8, issue II (2020). ISNN: 2212-9421.

Full / Other Publications:


  • Geomancy in the Judaeo-Arabic Manuscripts from the Cairo Genizah (in Spanish), Oriens Academic – CNERU – CSIC, Córdoba, 2015. ISBN: 978-84-606-6056-9.

Peer-reviewed articles and book chapters:

  • “Dream Interpretation Reinterpreted in the Light of Judaeo-Arabic Fragments Attributed to Hai Gaon”, in Josefina Rodriguez Arribas eds. Divinatory practices among Jews, Brill (in print).
  • “Arabic Geomancy in Jewish hands: Specimens from the Cairo Genizah” in A. Palazzo, I. Zavattero (eds.), Geomancy and Other Forms of Divination, «Micrologus’ Library» 85, Edizioni del Galluzzo, 2017. ISBN: 978-88-8450-842-3.
  • 40 bio-bibliographical articles of Andalusi and North African authors, published as entries for the Encyclopaedia Biblioteca de al-Andalus, ed. J. Lirola Delgado & J. M. Puerta Vílchez (vol. 1-3), 7 volumes and Appendix. Fundación Ibn Tufayl de Estudios Árabes, 2004-2012, Almería.

Other Publications:

  • Written report of the international conference “The Power of connections: Interpersonal Networks and Agency in the Ottoman Empire and Ottoman Europe” (in collaboration with Ayşegül Argıt), published in ZITh Newsletter 2/2017.
  • Written report of the international conference “Theological Anthropology in Interreligious Perspective” (in collaboration with Serkan Ince), published in ZITh Newsletter 1/2018.
  • Contribution to Genizah Fragments newsletter: ‘What does the future hold?’, Volume 68, October 2014, p. 3, Genizah Research Unit, Cambridge University Library.
  • Analytical index of the Encyclopaedia Biblioteca de al-Andalus, Vol. 6: “De Ibn al-Ŷabbāb a Nubḏat al-ʿAṣr”. Ed. J. Lirola Delgado, 2009, Almería, 672 pages.
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