Professor of Arabic Studies
"I am especially interested in Arabic literature as world literature within a broader interdisciplinary and comparative framework, discussing terms and concepts that link the rich Arabic cultural heritage to ongoing theoretical debates."
Professor of General Linguistics
"I am a general linguist, with an areal specialization on the languages of the Middle East and a special focus on Kurdish. My research interests include language typology, language documentation, and the structure of connected spoken discourse."
Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture
"In my work, I am focusing on topics of art and material culture, such as the question of particular forms of representation. Middle Eastern culture has been deeply influenced by Islamic religion, but other traditions were also important factors in shaping everyday life as well as the art and architecture of the region. This can be demonstrated on the basis of art historical and archaeological findings.I have always been fascinated by travelling and working in the field, be it in the Arab World, be it in Iran, Turkey, or Central Asia. I am looking forward to discussions about cultural history with students of our new Master’s programme."
Professor of Jewish Studies
"I am keenly interested in the religious and cultural interactions between the manifold Jewish minorities and their Christian and Muslim majority counterparts – past and present."
Professor of Oriental Philology and Islamic Studies
"I deal with several topics of the Arab-Islamic history of ideas. I am particularly interested in the hermeneutics of the Qur'ān, Arabic philosophy, Islamic theology and Arabic poetry. I am also concerned with the interreligious discourses between Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It is important for me to exchange with students results of my research and benefit from their feedback. I am looking forward to fruitful discussions in the context of our MA-program."