Field of interest: classical and modern Urdu and Persian poetry, poetry demonstrating cultural sign systems, “longue durée” processes in history.
Above all, I am interested in the cultures of the world, in classical and modern Urdu and Persian poetry and in all kinds of poetry demonstrating cultural sign systems that have an influence on ways of thinking and acting. In history, I am fascinated most by “longue durée” processes, on the organization of power and by power reacting to material circumstances, such as terrain in battle or trade in peace.
Beside my education in Iranian studies, I am also much interested in Hinduism and Indian culture, and in China and Japan. Additionally, I am interested in languages, no matter how “exotic” they may seem; in modern theories of literature, in cultural semiotics as it appears in arts, cinema, sports and religions of all kind, classical Persian and Indian music, Tàijí and traditional systems of medicine as well as theological and philosophical matters and their public discussion.
1997‒2003: Bamberg University: doctorate on Muhammad Iqbal’s Persian poetry (title of thesis: Muhammad Iqbal’s Romanticism of Power); Würzburg University: change of minor from Adult Education to Indology
1990‒1997: Bamberg University: University degree (MA) in Oriental Studies (major Persian, minors Arabic and Adult Education)
1990: Bamberg University: University degree (MA) in Theology
1988‒1990: Compulsory substitute service at Lauf Hospital
1979‒1988: Grammar School Lauf a. d. Pegnitz
SCHOLARSHIPS, STUDY VISITS
2012: research in the libraries of India on manuscripts of Shah Jahan historians, especially Qazvīnī and Lāhaurī
2011: further research on manuscripts from Bījāpūr, 1 month
2009: further research on manuscripts from Bījāpūr, 1 month
2008: preparatory research in South India for a new project on the foreign trade of the sultanate of Bījāpūr, 1 month
2007 (5‒9 May): UNESCO conference to the Rumi year 2007 in Kabul, Afghanistan, official representative of Germany ‒ sponsored by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2007: research in Hyderabad and Karnataka on the Bahmani sultanate (see below), 2 months
2006: studies in India (Delhi, Patna, Aligarh, Hyderabad, Hampi) for preparing my research project on the Bahmani sultanate (1347–1538) and their view of the Vijayanagara Empire ‒ awarded by DAAD, 5 months
2004: studies in India (Delhi, Patna, Aligarh, Hyderabad) for preparing a project on Sufis in the 17th century ‒ awarded by DAAD, 5 months
1999: journey to Pakistan and India doing research for material for my thesis ‒ sponsored by the “post graduate programme for research on the present-day Orient” of Bamberg University, 4 months
1996/97: Tehran University (Tehran, Iran), guest student, Middle Persian course ‒ awarded by DAAD, 1 university term
1993: Tehran University (Tehran, Iran), guest student, Urdu course ‒ awarded by University of Tehran, 1 university term
1992: Arabic Course at Goethe Institute (Damascus, Syria)