Professor Dr.

Angelika Neuwirth

Freie Universität Berlin
Religion scholar; Educator
Humanities and Arts
Religious Studies
International Honorary Member
Germany's renowned expert on the Qur'an and also preeminent internationally in Qur'anic and Islamic studies. Scholarly work has focused on the literary dimensions, Near Eastern context and late-antique background of the Qur'anic text. Her major early work on the Meccan suras of the Qur'an is now a Qur'anic-studies classic. Her recently published Der Koran als Text Der Sp?tantike (2010) challenges accepted paradigms in Qur'anic research treating the text as a literary product that has grown in its late-ancient cultural, religious, and literary environment. She served as professor at the universities of Munich and Bamberg (1984-1991) and was director of the Orient-Institute of the Deutschen Morgenl?ndischen Gesellschaft in Beirut and Istanbul (1994-1999). She has taught annual courses on Islamic scripture and liturgy at the Benedictine Abbey Santa Maria Zion in Jerusalem since 1985. A visiting professor (1988-89) at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Neuwirth joined the Freie Universit?t Berlin as Professor in 1991 and has been prominent in Islamic studies at the German Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin.
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