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The honorary member of the Union, Professor Albert Dietrich passed away in December 2015. For an obituary, see Tilman Nagel, Nachruf zum Ableben von Professor Dr. Albert Dietrich (2.11.1912 -25.12.2015)




 Alexander Fodor (1942-2014) 


Professor Fodor was formerly Vice-Dean and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Head of the Department of Semitic Philology and Arabic, Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies, and Vice- President of Kőrösi Csoma Society, as well as Member of the Academic Committee of Oriental Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Member of the Union Européenne des Arabisants et Islamisants, External Member of the Academy of the Arabic Language in Cairo, and President of the Hungarian-Egyptian Friendship Association. For his substantial achievements in the field of the study of Arabic culture and the Islamic religion and civilization, he was awarded the Medal of Science and Arts of the Egyptian Arab Republic.

A memorial service will be held at the Calvinist Church of Gazdagrét (1118 Budapest, Rétköz u. 41), on 30th August 2014.

Condolences can be sent to the following address: Dr. Fodor Sándorné, 1011 Budapest, Szalag u. 6.

He Lives with Us in Memory and Will for Evermore. 




Gautier H. A. Juynboll (1935-2010)


Gautier Juynboll passed away at his home in Leiden on 19 December 2010. He was the first president of the Union des Arabisants et d’Islamisants (UEAI) after the long period during which Felix Maria Pareja from Spain had dominated the Union. At the UEAI Congress in Venice in 1986, Juynboll was first chosen among the national representatives of the Netherlands, and some days later became a member of the board and president of the Union. 

Gautier studied at Leiden University in the late 1950s and early 1960s, when Schacht, Drewes and Brugman were professors of Arabic and Islamic Studies. He then taught Arabic at Leiden until the mid 1960s. He was my first teacher of Arabic in my first year as a student at Leiden (first semester 1966-67). The lessons were held in the former house of Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje on the Rapenburg canal. In the 1970s and 1980s, he lectured in Arabic and Islam at the University of Exeter (England). In the mid 1980s, he left Exeter and moved to the Netherlands, where he became a Privatgelehrter. He first lived in The Hague, although he went nearly every day to the Oriental Reading Room at Leiden University Library. I still remember how his 60th birthday was celebrated at Frankenslag in The Hague. Later, Gautier moved to Leiden, although every morning he continued to go to the university library. During his time as president of the UEAI, he was enthusiastic about the Union’s congresses, such as the one in Budapest in 1988, which was organized by Alexander Fodor, whom Gautier considered his third Hungarian hero (Goldziher and Liszt were his other two Hungarian heroes). Let us not forget the very professional UEAI newsletters that he produced all by himself for several years. I hope they will be collected and archived by Hans van de Velde, former assistant at the Oriental Reading Room, who is putting Gautier’s archive in order. Moreover, Gautier Juynboll encouraged many young people – not only from Leiden but also from Nijmegen and other universities – whose research was related to his field. I remember his presence at several doctorate ceremonies.

A as young researcher at Leiden in the 1960s, Gautier cooperated with theConcordanceDe La Tradition Musulmane’, which had been initiated in the 1930s by the Leiden professor A. J. Wensick. This project approached its completion at the end of the 1960s. The indices were to be made in the 1970s. A spin-off from this international project was Juynboll’s dissertation The Authenticity of the Tradition Literature. Discussions in Modern Egypt (Brill: Leiden 1969). His other works on traditions include his monograph Muslim Tradition. Studies in Chronology, Provenance and Authorship of Early Hadith (Cambridge, 1983) and his collection of essays Studies on the Origins and Uses of Islamic Hadith (Aldershot, 1996). In 2007, Juynboll completed his life's work with the Brill publication of his Encyclopaedia of Canonical Hadith. I remember the special presentation of the book at Brill’s Publishing House in Leiden, where in his dedicatory speech Professor Mohammed Arkoun from Paris (1928-2010) congratulated Gautier on his book.

Gautier was also proud to have published on poetry, but this was in relation to hadithsciences, namely in his article ‘On the Origins of the Poetry in Muslim Tradition Literature’ in Wolfhart Heinrichs and Gregor Schoeler (eds.) Festschrift Ewald Wagner zum 65.Geburtstag, Band 2: Studien zur arabischen Dichtung, Beiruter Texte und Studien,Band 54, Beirut 1994 (in Kommission bei Franz Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart), pp. 182-207.

May Gautier’s many articles and books make endure both his name and the name of the learned Juynboll family, of which he was the last offspring!

Amsterdam, 18 february 2011                Arie Schippers


Juan Antonio Souto Lasala (1959-2011)



El sábado 15 de octubre de 2011, en la ciudad de Córdoba (España), ha fallecido de forma inesperada el Prof. Juan Antonio Souto Lasala, historiador y arabista español nacido en Caracas, Venezuela, en 1959.

El Prof. Souto fue Presidente (2002-2006) y Vice-presidente (2006-2010) de la Union Européenne des Arabisants et Islamisants.

Formado en la Universidad de Zaragoza con el Prof. Federico Corriente como maestro, se ocupó en su memoria de licenciatura de la muralla islámica de la ciudad de Calatayud (1982) y posteriormente de las fortificaciones islámicas en la Marca Superior de al-Andalus del periodo omeya en su tesis doctoral (1986).

Entre 1987 y 1988 fue profesor del Área de Estudios Árabes e Islámicos de la Universidad de Zaragoza y desde 1989 de la Complutense de Madrid, como Profesor Titular en el Departamento de Estudios Árabes e Islámicos. Dirigió y participó en varias excavaciones arqueológicas en España, Portugal y Oriente Próximo, entre ellas en el palacio

de la Aljafería y en La Seo de Zaragoza. Fue autor de numerosos trabajos de gran calidad y alcance entre los cuales podemos destacar en los últimos años su estudio de referencia sobre la mezquita aljama de Córdoba (Zaragoza: Instituto de Estudios Islámicos y del Próximo Oriente, 2009).

Tuvo que ser en Córdoba donde su corazón dejara de latir, donde tantas veces su vida fuera pura emoción. El profesor Souto, Juan, era un hombre brillante. Le recordaremos de manera muy especial en nuestro próximo encuentro en Basilea.

Bruselas, 19 de octubre de 2011              Maravillas Aguiar Aguilar

On Saturday, October 15, 2011, in the city of Cordoba (Spain), died unexpectedly Prof. Juan Antonio Souto Lasala, Spanish historian and Arabist born in Caracas, Venezuela,in 1959.


Prof. Souto was President (2002-2006) and Vice-President (2006-2010) of theUnion Européenne des Arabisants et Islamisants.

Educated at the University of Zaragoza with Prof. Federico Corriente as master,he started his research with a study of the Islamic fortified walls of the city of Calatayud(1982) and later with another one concerning the Islamic fortifications in the Marca Superior of al-Andalus in the Umayyad period (Doctoral Dissertation, 1986). Between 1987 and 1988he was Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Zaragoza and since 1989 he taught at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies. He directed and participated in several archaeological excavations in Spain, Portugal and the Middle East, including the palace of the Aljafería and La Seo in Zaragoza. Heauthored numerous remarkable contributions, among which in recent years a landmark study of the Great Mosque of Cordoba (Zaragoza: Instituto de Estudios Islámicos y del Próximo Oriente, 2009).

Cordoba had to be where his heart stopped beating, where so many times his life was plenty of emotion. Prof. Souto, Juan, was a brilliant man. In our next meeting in Baselour thoughts will be with him.

Brussels, 19 October 2011         Maravillas Aguiar Aguilar