Institut für den Nahen und Mittleren Osten


Vevian Zaki

Dr. Vevian Zaki

Research Fellow



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The wider scope of my research focuses on the history of Eastern Christians, particularly Arabic-speaking Christians, within the Islamicate world. I earned my PhD in the History and Culture of the Near and Middle East as part of the DFG-funded project Biblia Arabica at the Institute of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU), Munich, under the guidance of Prof. Ronny Vollandt. My doctoral research delved into the Arabic translations of the Pauline Epistles spanning the 9th to 15th centuries. My published monograph with Brill in 2021 constitutes a revised version of my dissertation defended in 2019.

Throughout my doctoral studies, my scholarly interests expanded to encompass not only the textual content of manuscripts but also their transmission and acquisition history. This shift prompted me to explore the realm of the Ottoman Empire, where both manuscripts and individuals traversed vast distances. The resulting exploration has led me to investigate topics such as the mobility of Eastern Christians, the materiality of manuscripts, the social history of scribes—including women scribes—and women's monasticism.

Following the completion of my PhD, I joined my role as a researcher with a new role as a manuscript cataloguer at universities in both the UK and USA. These experiences provided me with invaluable firsthand exposure to primary sources, allowing me to deepen my understanding of historical materials. Since June 2022, I became a research fellow at the Institute of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, LMU Munich. During this period, my research has continued to evolve, culminating in the successful acquisition of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions grant, scheduled to commence in July 2024.