Institut für den Nahen und Mittleren Osten



Curriculum vitae


  • since April 2015 Professor für Judaistik, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Jan. 2013 - März 2015 Senior Research Associate, Research Unit Intellectual History of the Islamicate World, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Oct. 2012 – Jan. 2013 Fellow at Zukunftsphilologie, Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin
  • Oct. 2011 –Sept. 2012 Associated researcher (post-doc), Section Hébraïque, Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire desTextes, CNRS, Paris


  • 2008- 2011 Ph.D. Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge, research thesis: "Christian-Arabic translations of the Pentateuch from the 9th-13th centuries: a comparative study of manuscripts and translation techniques", supervisor: Prof. G. Khan
  • 2003-2007 MA Department of Arabic, Hebrew University Jerusalem (first class), research thesis: "The transmission of the Judaeo-Arabic Pentateuch translation of Rav Saadiah Gaon in Arabic Characters: a case of textual diffusion", supervisor: Prof. S. Hopkins
  • 2001-2003 Zwischenprüfung/CertHE Faculty of Judaic Studies/Islamic Studies, Freie Universitat Berlin (first class, supervisor: Prof. P. Schäfer

Scholarships and Awards (in academic years)

  • 2012 DAAD Rückgewinnungsstipendium (declined)
  • 2012 British Academy - Post-doctoral fellowship (declined)
  • Oct. 2010 – Jan. 2011 Hebrew Post-Graduate Research Grant
  • 2008 – Sept. 2010 European Rothschild Foundation – Doctoral Fellowship
  • 2008 – Jan. 2011 Art & Humanities Research Council – Fees-only Scholarship
  • 2008 - 2009 Kurt Hahn Award
  • 2007 - 2008 European Rothschild Foundation –Study Award
  • 2007 - 2008 German Academic Exchange Service – Doctoral Scholarship
  • 2004 - 2005 Scholarship of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs – MA Studentship
  • 2003 - 2004 German Academic Exchange Service – Scholarship

Research Experience

  • Oct. - Dec. 2011 Part-time research assistant in the project “Jewish calendar controversies in the 10th-11th centuries Near East: a historical and codicological analysis”, under the auspice of Prof. Sacha Stern and Prof. Marina Rustow, Dept. Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University College London
  • 2008 – Jan. 2011 Part-time research assistant, Genizah Unit, University Library Cambridge
  • 2005 – 2007 Part-time research assistant, Department of Arabic, Bar Ilan University
  • 2002 – 2003 Part-time research assistant, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Berlin


  • Feb. - May 2014 Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Research, Aix-Marseille University
  • April 2013 Research fellow at Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, Saint John's University
  • July - August 2012 Junior fellow at the "Learned Practices of Canonical Texts Seminar", organized by Anthony Grafton and Glenn Most, The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG)
  • Jan. – July 2011 Fellow at the "European Seminar of Advanced Jewish Studies: The material texts of the Genizah Collection at the Bodleian Library: A new approach to Genizah research", The Oxford Centre of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Oxford
  • Sept. 2007 – Jan. 2008 Fellow at the Centro "Cardinal Bea" per gli Studi Giudaici, Pontificia Universita Gregoriana, Rome

Boards, Committees, and Research Groups

  • The Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (Die Junge Akademie and the Arab World Academy of Young Scientists, in cooperation with the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina) (full member)
  • Biblia Arabica. Texts and Studies, Leiden: Brill (board)
  • Lengua y literatura judeo-arabe de la Edad Media a la Edad Moderna, CSIC, Madrid (affiliated researcher)
    Journal Intellectual History of the Islamicate World, Leiden: Brill (board)
  • H-Judaeo-Arabic (advisory board)
  • Scriptorium: Workshops on the study of Oriental manuscripts (steering committee)
  • Journal of Jewish Languages (reviewer)


  • European Association for Jewish Studies
  • British Association for Jewish Studies
  • Society of Judaeo-Arabic Studies
  • American Oriental Society
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • The International Society for Arabic Papyrology
  • Verband der Judaisten in Deutschland e.V.