Stefan Leder: “Arabic Philology and the Conquest of Foreign Languages”
Stefan Leder is Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Martin-Luther-University in Halle/Germany and since October 2007 director of the Orient-Institut Beirut including the institute’s Istanbul branch (Orient-Institut Istanbul) till 2010. Prior to his engagement with the OIB, he was chairman of interdisciplinary research institutions funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation) and by his home university. In 2014 he was part of the steering committe of the Summer Academy “Language, Science, and Aesthetics” in Beirut. His research topics combine history, literature & textuality, applying text criticism, discourse analysis and intertextual analysis. His published work covers Arabic historiography, with particular attention given to narrativity; Islamic Tradition under the perspectives of authority of knowledge, transmission and moral politics; and the Bedouin patrimony in Arabic thought and discourse. He also writes on the history of Oriental Studies in Europe. His current research projects at the OIB concern medieval political literature, and the intellectual and political role of the Ayyubid chancery exemplified by the critical edition of al-Qadi al-Fadil’s correspondence.