Institut für den Nahen und Mittleren Osten



Curriculum vitae


  • April 2015 - now Professor for Judaic Studies (Judaistik), Institute of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU), Munich, Germany
  • 2013 - 2015 Senior Research Associate, Research Unit Intellectual History of the Islamicate World, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
  • 2012 - 2013 Fellow, Zukunftsphilologie, Forum Transregionale Studien e.V., Berlin, Germany
  • 2011 - 2012 Associated researcher (post-doc), Section Hébraïque, Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes, CNRS, Paris, France


  • 2011 PhD: "Christian-Arabic translations of the Pentateuch from the 9th–13th centuries: a comparative study of manuscripts and translation techniques", Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Semitic Philology, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, PhD Supervisor: Professor Geoffrey Khan
  • 2007 MA: "The transmission of the Judaeo-Arabic Pentateuch translation of Rav Saadiah Gaon in Arabic characters: a case of textual diffusion", Department of Arabic, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel


  • 2017 Alexander-Böhlig-Preis (for the book "Arabic Versions of the Pentateuch. A comparative study of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Sources")
  • 2019 ARCHES Award for Research Cooperation and High Excellence in Science. A Research Award for German-Israeli Cooperation


  • 2020 Petra-Kappert Fellow at the Cluster of Excellence Understanding Written Artifacts, Universität Hamburg
  • Feb - Aug 2018 Senior Fellow at the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies, Universität Hamburg, Petra-Kappert Fellow at the SFB Manuskriptkulturen in Asien, Afrika und Europa, Universität Hamburg
  • Feb - May 2014 Research Fellow, Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Research, Aix-Marseille University, France
  • April 2013 Research Fellow, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, Saint John's University, United States
  • Jul - Aug 2012 Junior Fellow, The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), Berlin, Germany
  • 2012 DAAD Rückgewinnungsstipendium, Bonn, Germany (declined)
  • 2012 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, British Academy, United Kingdom (declined)
  • Jan - Jul 2011 Research Fellow, The Oxford Centre of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Sep 2007 - Jan 2008 Research Fellow, Centro "Cardinal Bea" per gli Studi Giudaici, Pontificia Università Gregoriana, Rome, Italy

Institutional Responsabilities

  • 2016 - now Member of Board of Examiners, Faculty of Cultural Studies, LMU, Germany
  • 2016 - now Member of Advisory Board, Center for Israel Studies, LMU, Munich, Germany
  • 2015 - now Member of Executive Committee of Institute of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, LMU, Munich, Germany
  • 2015 - now Member of Executive Committee of the Department for the Study of Culture and Antiquity, LMU, Munich, Germany

Commissions of Trust

  • 2019 - now Member of Advisory Board, The Encyclopedia of Jewish-Christian Relations (EJCR)
  • 2018 - now Member of Advisory Board, Early Manuscripts Electronic Library
  • 2017 - now Editor-in-Chief, Judentum und Umwelt, series by Peter Lang Publishing
  • 2017 - now German Association of Jewish Studies, deputy chairman
  • 2016 - now Member of Advisory Board, Jüdische Religion, Kultur und Geschichte, a series published by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
  • 2015 - now Member of Advisory Board, Collectanea Christiana Orientalia, journal published by University of Cordoba
  • 2015 - now Member of Editorial Board, Biblia Arabica. Texts and Studies, series published by Brill
  • 2013 - now Member of Advisory Board, Intellectual History of the Islamicate World, journal published by Brill

Memberships of Scientific Societies

  • 2009 - now Member, Society for Judaeo-Arabic Studies
  • 2009 - now Member, Society of Biblical Literature
  • 2009 - now Member, European Association for Jewish Studies
  • 2013 - now Member, The Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities with the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Berlin, Germany
  • 2012 - now Affiliated researcher, Lengua y literatura judeo-árabe de la Edad Media a la Edad Moderna, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid, Spain
  • 2013 - now Member, Verband der Judaisten in Deutschland
  • 2015 - now Affiliated researcher, Münchener Zentrum für Antike Welten, LMU, Munich, Germany
  • 2015 - now Affiliated researcher, Zentrum für Mittelalter- und Renaissancestudien, LMU, Munich, Germany
  • 2018 - now Affiliated researcher, Zentrum historische Sprachwissenschaften