Areas of Interest

Bible translations into Arabic, Jewish literature in Arabic, Jewish Cultural Heritage
in the Near East, Arabic and Hebrew Palaeography and Codicology,
Intercommunal transmission of knowledge

Historical Periods of Interest

Late Antiquity through 13th Centuries, 19th Century CE


2015 –

Professor for Judaic Studies (Judaistik), tenured.
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, Institute of Islamic
Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany


2011 – 2012

Associated researcher (post-doc)
Section Hébraïque, Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes, CNRS, Paris,




PhD, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Semitic Philology,
University of Cambridge



MA, Jewish Civilization, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel


Awards and distinctions


ERC Consolidator Grant



ARCHES Award for Research Cooperation and. High Excellence in Science



Teaching grant, Multiplikatoren-Programm”, Ludwig-Maximilians-
Universität (LMU), Munich (with Nathan Gibson)



Alexander-Böhlig-Preis (for the book “Arabic Versions of the
Pentateuch. A comparative study of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Sources”)



2022 –

Director, Munich Research Centre of Jewish-Arabic Culture



Dean of Studies, Faculty for the Study of Culture, LMU


2019 –

Member of Advisory Board, The Encyclopedia of Jewish-Christian Relations (EJCR)


2019 –

Chairman, German Association of Jewish Studies and Jewish Theology


2018 –

Member of Advisory Board, Early Manuscripts Electronic Library (EMEL)


2017 –

Editor-in-Chief, Judentum und Umwelt, series published by Peter Lang Publishing


2016 –

Member of Advisory Board, Jüdische Religion, Kultur und Geschichte, a series published by & Ruprech


2015 –

Member of Advisory Board, Collectanea Christiana Orientalia, a journal published by the University of Cordoba


2015 –

Member of Editorial Board, Biblia Arabica: Texts and Studies, a series published by Brill


2013 –

Member of Advisory Board, Intellectual History of the Islamicate World, a journal published by Brill


2009 –

Member of Advisory Board, Society for Judaeo-Arabic Studies