Teaching staff

Academic staff

Lale Behzadi

Lale Behzadi

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."

Arabic Studies in Bamberg

Patrick Franke

Patrick Franke

Professor of Islamic Studies

Islamic Studies in Bamberg

Hacik Gazer

Hacik R. Gazer

Professor of the History and Theology of Eastern Orthodox Christianity

History and Theology of Eastern Orthodox Christianity in Erlangen-Nuremberg

Geoffrey Haig

Geoffrey Haig

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."

General Linguistics in Bamberg

Elke Hartmann

Elke Hartmann

Visiting Professor, Islamic Studies

"My interests focus on Ottoman and Armenian history as well as on the Muslims of the Russian Empire. In my research and teaching I aim to change perspectives: from national(ist) views to phenomena of plurality, hybridity, and entanglement, from male elites in the imperial centers to marginalized regions, communities, and social groups."

History of Eastern and Southeastern Europe in Munich

Christoph Herzog

Christoph Herzog

Professor of Turkish Studies

Turkish Studies in Bamberg

Birgitt Hoffmann

Birgitt Hoffmann

Professor of Iranian Studies

Iranian Studies in Bamberg

Lorenz Korn

Lorenz Korn

Professor of Islamic Art and Archaeology

"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."

Islamic Art and Archaeology in Bamberg

Susanne Talabardon

Susanne Talabardon

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."

Jewish Studies in Bamberg

Georges Tamer

Georges Tamer

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 QurÞān, 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."

Oriental Philology and Islamic Studies in Erlangen-Nuremberg

Associates and tutors

  • Thomas Demmelhuber, Professor of Political Sciences, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
  • Lutz Edzard, Professor of Arabic and Semitic Studies, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
  • Cleophea Ferrari, Ph.D., University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
  • Roxane Haag-Higuchi, Ph.D., University of Bamberg
  • Ellinor Morack, Ph.D., University of Bamberg
  • Jörn Thielmann, Ph.D., Managing Director of The Erlangen Center for Islam and Law in Europe (EZIRE)
  • Felix Wiedemann, M.A., Ph.D. candidate in Arabic Studies, University of Bamberg