Prof. Dr. Jürgen Wasim Frembgen, Islamicist, anthropologist and writer, is Senior Curator (Hauptkonservator) and Head of the Islamic Collection at the Munich Museum of Ethnology as well as Professor for History of the Religion and Culture of Islam at the Institute of Near and Middle Eastern Studies/University of Munich. Since 1981 he is teaching anthropology and Islamic Studies at different universities in Germany; in addition he had been a visiting professor at Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad (National Institute of Pakistan Studies), National College of Arts in Lahore as well as Ohio State University in Columbus, OH/USA. Since 1981 he is annually conducting ethnographic fieldwork in Pakistan (in Punjab and Sindh as well as in the Karakoram and in Indus Kohistan). Currently he is doing research on the popular Sufi cult of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar and his devotees in Sehwan Sharif (Sindh) and in Lahore as member of an interdisciplinary French research team as well as a Norwegian circle of scholars. In addition, he has curated more than 30 exhibitions dealing with cultures of the Muslim world, recently “The Aura of Alif. The Art of Writing in Islam” (Munich 2010/Prestel).
He has published extensively on cultures of the Eastern Muslim world between Iran and India, focusing particularly on Pakistan. His research has been mainly devoted to the study of Islam and Sufism as well as art and material culture, anthropology of the body, social outsiders, and facets of popular culture. In addition to his academic writing he has written several ethnographic narratives.