Short CV/Education and training

  • 1994 – 2000
    MA student, Universities of Zurich, Tübingen and Birzeit (German, Arabic, and Philosophy)

  • 2001 – 2007
    Junior Lecturer for German Literature up to 1700, University of Zurich

  • 2007 – 2008
    Scholarship for Advanced Research from the Swiss National Science Foundation, University of Oxford, UK

  • 2008 – 2016
    Junior Professor for Arabic Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

  • 2016 – 2018
    Professorship funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, University of Zurich, Switzerland

  • 2018
    Professor (W2) for Arabic Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Selected publications

  • Wissensvermittlung im Gespräch. Eine Studie zu klassisch-arabischen Dialogen. Leiden: Brill, 2017 (= Islamic History and Civilization 149).

  • Das Geheimnis der Geheimnisse. Die arabischen und deutschen Fassungen des pseudo-aris-totelischen Sirr al-asrār / Secretum secretorum. Wiesbaden: Reichert, 2006 (= Wissensliteratur im Mittelalter 43).

  • Methoden mittelalterlicher arabischer Qur’ānexegese am Beispiel von Q 53, 1-18. Berlin: Klaus Schwarz, 2001 (= Islamkundliche Untersuchungen 238).



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Zwischen Religion und Alchemie. Der Gelehrte Ibn Arfaʻ Raʼs (gest. 1197) als Modell für eine integrative arabische Literatur- und Kulturgeschichte

    (https://www.aoi.uzh.ch/de/islamwissenschaft/personen/gastforschende/forster/snf-projekt.html)

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