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Columbia University
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Middle Eastern and Islamic studies, medieval studies, Iranian studies, Islamic manuscripts, transmission of knowledge, book history, encyclopedias, digital humanities, Orientalism
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I have profiles on LinkedIn and, as well as a Twitter account, but I am not actively engaged with social media.

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About Me

I am a Middle East historian with a German-American education and international work experience.  My research about the transmission of knowledge across Eurasia and Africa focuses on manuscripts and printed book in Arabic script as the material foundations of intellectual and cultural history.

Because of my work on the editorial team of the Encyclopaedia Iranica (vol. 1.1-, 1982-) I have an abiding interest in the challenges posed by commercially publishing a copy-righted academic encyclopedia in the age of crowd-sourced, Open-Access encyclopedias such as Wikipedia.  I have deep experience with collaborative research on NEH funded projects because of my work for the Encyclopædia Iranica.  As a recent Marie Curie alumna, I am highly familiar with the creation and management of grants awarded by the European Commission. ]For more information, please see my ORCID page:

Recent Publications

Forthcoming: “The One Which Got Away: A Fifteenth-Century Arabic Fragment from Hafsid Tunisia (WAM Ms. W.580),” in “Gather up the Fragments,” edited by Elaine Treharne et al., special issue, Digital Philology 11 (2022).

In press: “The Kashf al-ẓunūn of Katib Çelebi (1609–1657): The Invisibility of a Successful Bibliography,” in Yüzyıl osmanlı kitap koleksiyonerleri: Bilgi üretimi ve dağılımı, edited by Tülay Artan and Hatice Aynur.  Istanbul: Dergâh Yayınları, 2022 (in Turkish translation).

“The Book in Arabic Script,” in A Companion to the History of the Book, edited by Jonathan Rose and Simon Eliot, 315–333.  2nd ed., Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, 2019.  DOI:

“Of Making Many Copies There is No End: The Digitization of Manuscripts and Printed Books in Arabic Script,” in The Digital Humanities and Islamic & Middle East Studies, edited by Elias Muhanna, 65–92.  Berlin: de Gruyter, 2016.  DOI:

For more information about my research, see the work available in Columbia’s Academic Commons at:


Media Coverage
Country Focus
premodern Muslim communities in Arab and Iranian lands
Expertise by Geography
Germany, Mediterranean, Middle East, Spain
Expertise by Chronology
1, 6
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Libraries & Archives, Literary History, Material Culture