Associate Research Scholar at the Center for Iranian Studies, Associate Editor of the Encyclopaedia Iranica
I have studied Islamic history and medieval Arabic and Persian literatures at the Universität Hamburg (Germany) and Indiana University, and taught at both institutions. Before joining the editorial team of the Encyclopaedia Iranica, I was a fellow at the Arabic manuscript project of the Chester Beatty Library Dublin, and Burke Library scholar-in-residence at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.
The central focus of my research is the connection between the history of the book in Arabic script in Middle Eastern societies and the transmission of knowledge and the transfer of technology across Eurasia. I am particularly interested in the relationship between religious beliefs and societal attitudes toward knowledge production in the Muslim Middle East after the Mongol conquests of the thirteenth century CE.