Short CV/Education and training

    Studied history and Islamic studies in Bonn, Germany, Freiburg, Switzerland, and Cairo, Egypt

  • 2001
    Doctorate at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy

  • 2001 – 2005
    Research associate in the Department of History at the University of Basel, Switzerland

  • 2005 – 2006
    Visiting researcher at the American University in Cairo

  • 2006 – 2007
    Fellow at theWissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin – Institute for Advanced Study

  • 2007
    - 2011 Research associate in the Department of History at the University of Basel

  • since 2011
    Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) Professorship in Zurich, Switzerland

  • 2014
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in Basel

  • 2015 – 2016
    Interim chair in Münster, Germany

Selected publications

  • Kaisertum und Kalifat. Der imperiale Monotheismus im Früh- und Hochmittelalter (Globalgeschichte 23). Frankfurt am Main: Campus 2015.

  • Arbeitstechniken der Geschichtswissenschaft: Studienleitfaden. Basel: Historisches Seminar 2010 (together with Anja Rathmann-Lutz and Christiane Sibille, 2nd ed. 2012).

  • „Europa und der Nahe Osten: Der transkulturelle Vergleich in der Vormoderne und die Meistererzählungen über den Islam.“ In: Historische Zeitschrift Vol. 287 (2008), pp. 561-597.

  • „Ist das Böse schmutzig? Das Osmanische Reich in den Augen europäischer Beobachter des 15. und 16. Jahrhunderts.” In: Historische Anthropologie Vol. 11 (2003), pp. 176-192.

  • Den Feind beschreiben. „Türkengefahr“ und europäisches Wissen über das Osmanische Reich (1450-1600) (Historische Studien 35). Frankfurt am Main: Campus 2003.

Selected projects

  • Priests, eunuchs and hermaphrodites: Gender ambiguities in knowledge systems and systems of rule in the Arab and Latin middle ages (Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) project, since 2011)

  • Monarchical forms of rule during the premodern period in transcultural perspective (German Research Foundation (DFG) scientific network, 2006-2013)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Departmental representative at the University Priority Research Program (URPP) "Europe and Asia", University of Zurich

  • Co-editor of L’homme. European journal of feminist history

  • Co-organizer of the Brackweder working group on mediaeval research

Additional qualifications

  • Proficiency certificates in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew

  • Additional training in tertiary education

  • Experience with various university committees


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