Irene K. F. Kirchner is a PhD candidate in the department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University working under the supervision of Prof. Jonathan Brown and Prof. Felicitas Opwis. She is particularly interested in the reception history of Hadith forgeries (Mawḍū‘āt), Islamic economic law, religious epistemology and theory of religion. During her PhD, she has started to delve into computational analysis techniques such as Text Mining and Topic Modelling and is exploring the intersection between Islamic Studies and the Digital Humanities. In 2018, she founded the Islamicate Digital Humanities Network ( for which she currently serves as the director. She holds a Magister Artium degree (German master’s degree) in Literature, Philosophy and Islamic Studies from the University of Tübingen, Germany and previously taught for the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) at the University of Alexandria, Egypt.