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mw. dr. A. (Ammeke) Kateman

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
    Capaciteitsgroep Religiestudies
  • Bezoekadres
    Oost-Indisch Huis
    Kloveniersburgwal 48  Kamernummer: D1.04A
  • Postadres:
    Kloveniersburgwal  48
    1012 CX  Amsterdam
    T: 0205254490


Ammeke Kateman is a postdoctoral researcher at the department of History, European Studies and Religious Studies (Faculty of Humanities). Her research focuses on Arabic Mecca travelogues in an age of Islamic reformism (1850-1945), as part of the NWO-funded project "Mecca. More magical than Disneyland" (applicants: Marjo Buitelaar en Richard van Leeuwen, click here for more information on the umbrella project).


My research interests lie in the field of Islamic intellectual history, particularly in Islamic reformism between 1850 and 1950, but extending into current times. I am especially interested in processes of intellectual exchange and interaction in the history of the way Islam has been conceptualized by Islamic and European intellectuals and scholars. I gladly make use of perspectives and theories developed in the broader field of intellectual history.

I obtained my PhD in March 2016 at the University of Amsterdam with my dissertation "Shared questions, diverging answers. Muhammad 'Abduh and his interlocutors in a globalizing world", supervised by prof. dr. Gerard Wiegers and dr. Richard van Leeuwen. Click here for more information on my dissertation, for which I did extensive library and archival research in Beirut and Cairo. I gratefully received funding as well as training by Netherlands Inter-university School for Islamic Studies (NISIS).

I completed a two-year research-MA in History (2010) and BAs in Arabic and History (2008), during which I travelled through Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Morocco. My MA-thesis can be found here, for which I was awarded the third prize by the UvA Scriptieprijzen.

Research Interests

- Mecca travelogues
- Muhammad 'Abduh (1849-1905)
- Modern Islamic Intellectual History
- Modern Arabic Intellectual History
- Global intellectual history
- Conceptual History
- History of Intellectual Interactions
- History of Religious Studies and Islamic Studies in Europe

Presentations, lectures and interviews

- ‘Intellectual history instead of ideology’ at lecture series Whither Islamic Studies? (Utrecht University, 2015)
- ‘Muhammad Abduh. Hervormer van islam in een veranderende wereld’, guest lecture in history, for high school students (2014)

Presented papers at international conferences
- ‘History contested. Discussing the issue of predestination in colonial times’ at ACMES Middle East Research Convention (UvA, 2015)
- ‘Predestination contested. Discussing the issue of predestination in turn-of-the-century Egypt’ at BRISMES Annual Conference (University of Sussex, UK, 2014)
- ‘Discussing religion globally. An encounter between Muḥammad ‘Abduh, Herbert Spencer and Wilfrid Blunt’ at conference Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Philological Encounters (Leiden University, 2014)
- 'Time unites, time divides. Muhammad 'Abduh and Isaac Taylor on progress and religion' at symposium Giving Meaning to the Passage of Time (Orient-Institut Beirut, Lebanon, 2012)

- Interview for MO Doc: Hervorming van de islam at NPO 2 / Moslim Omroep (2015)

Past and current academic activities

Member of the steering group of the Amsterdam Centre for Middle Eastern Studies (ACMES), 2012-2013 and 2016-now.
Activities coordinator research group Religious Dynamics and Cultural Diversity (with Prof. dr. Hanegraaff), Nov 2012 - 2013.
Member Humanities PhD Council, Sep 2012 - Sep 2013
Member NISIS Junior Research Council, 2012
Organisation international symposium Giving Meaning to the Passage of Time (Sep 18/19, 2012 - Beirut)


I greatly enjoy teaching about the modern history of Islam and the Middle East, especially its intellectual history. I do so mostly at university level, but I am also interested in giving lectures at high schools, for example.

(Assistant-)Teacher of BA and MA courses in History and Islamic Studies
- Coordinator Publieke religie en publieke sfeer in de Nederlandse geschiedenis, BA Geschiedenis, UvA [spring 2016]
- Teacher Hedendaagse islamitische denkers, MA Islam in de moderne wereld, UvA [spring 2014]
- Assistant-Teacher Sociale en politieke ideologieën in de islam, MA Islam in de moderne wereld, UvA [fall 2011]
- Teacher Religie en samenleving in het Midden-Oosten en het Mediterrane Gebied, BA Geschiedenis, Erasmus University Rotterdam [spring 2011]
- Student-Assistant Macht en onmacht in het Midden-Oosten, BA-keuzevak, Instituut voor Interdisciplinaire Studies, UvA [2008-2010] – coordinated by prof. dr. mr. Ruud Peters



  • Kateman, A. (2018). Tellings of an Encounter: A Meeting between Muḥammad ʿAbduh, Herbert Spencer and Wilfrid Blunt (1903) . Philological Encounters, 3(1-2), 105-128. DOI: 10.1163/24519197-12340040 


  • Kateman, A., & Roggeveen, S. (2016). Leren contextualiseren: Religiewetenschappen in de klas. In Theoloog met Toekomst: Podium voor het delen van deskundigheid rond de toekomst van de HBO-theoloog


  • Kateman, A. (2011). UvA Scriptieprijzen: derde prijs (ex aequo).

Wetenschappelijke positie

  • Kateman, A. (2016-2019). Steering board Amsterdam Center for Middle Eastern Studies, ACMES.


  • Kateman, A. (10-01-2015). MO Doc: Hervorming van de islam (deel 2) [Television] NPO 2 / Moslim Omroep. MO Doc: Hervorming van de islam (deel 2).


  • Kateman, A. (speaker) (6-12-2017). The Ḥijāz through the eyes of a Moroccan anti-colonial Islamic revivalist in 1904: Muḥammad bin Jaʿfar al-Kattānī’s ḥajj-travelogue, KFCRIS Annual Islamic Political Thought Conference, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  • Kateman, A. (speaker) (26-11-2017). Historical ḥajj-selfies? Emerging practices in ḥajj-travelogues in the first half of the 20th century, AGYA-conference “Media Transitions and Cultural Debates in the Arab World” , Tunis, Tunisia.
  • Kateman, A. (speaker) (21-9-2017). Handling ambiguity in two modern ḥajj-travelogues: expanding the perspective, Deutsche Orientalisten Tag, Jena (2017), Jena, Germany.
  • Kateman, A. (invited speaker) (17-2-2015). Intellectual history instead of ideology. On the understanding of the ideas of Muhammad ‘Abduh, Lecture Series: Whither Islamic Studies?, Utrecht University.
  • Kateman, A. (speaker) (28-1-2015). History contested. Discussing the issue of predestination in colonial times, ACMES Middle East Research Convention, Amsterdam.
  • Kateman, A. (speaker) (28-11-2014). Muhammad Abduh (1849-1905). Hervormer van islam in een veranderende wereld, Lecture for high school students (6th class), Amsterdam.
  • Kateman, A. (speaker) (17-6-2014). Predestination contested. Discussing the issue of predestination in turn-of-the-century Egypt, BRISMES Annual Conference The Middle East in Global Perspective: Interactions Across Time and Space, Brighton, Sussex, UK.
  • Kateman, A. (speaker) (4-6-2014). Discussing religion globally. An encounter between Muḥammad ‘Abduh, Herbert Spencer and Wilfrid Blunt, International Conference: Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Philological Encounters, Leiden.
  • Kateman, A. (speaker) (19-9-2012). Time Unites, Time Divides: Muhammad ʿAbduh and Isaac Taylor on Progress and Religion, Symposium “Giving Meaning to the Passage of Time: Discourses of History and Progress in Beirut from the Nineteenth Century to the Present”, Orient-Institut Beirut.


  • Kateman, A. (participant) (20-10-2017). Contribution to panel discussion "Onderwijs over religie in een pluralistische wereld" (other).
  • Kateman, A. (organiser) (18-9-2012 - 19-9-2012). Symposium, Beirut. Giving Meaning To The Passage Of Time. Discourses of History and Progress in Beirut from the Nineteenth Century to the Present Throughout the Arab (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).


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