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Last Name
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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About Me

I am a Middle East historian whose research focuses on manuscripts and printed book in Arabic script as material foundations of intellectual and cultural history.  Because of my work on the editorial team of the Encyclopaedia Iranica, I have an abiding interest in encyclopedias as “knowledge management” and in the impact of Digital Humanities on research policies and funding strategies.  I have a comprehensive German-American education and international work experience.  For details, see my ORCID profile:

Recent Publications

“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
Medieval, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Libraries & Archives, Literary History, Material Culture