Prof. Dr. Georges Tamer
Lehrstuhl für Orientalische Philologie und Islamwissenschaft
Internationales Kolleg für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung "Schicksal, Freiheit und Prognose. Bewältigungsstrategien in Ostasien und Europa"
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Home Institution: Chair of Oriental Philology and Islamic Studies, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany)
IKGF Advisory Board Member 2009 and 2011
IKGF Visiting Fellow October 2014 March 2015
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Georges Tamer is the holder of the M.S. Sofia Chair in Arabic Studies at The Ohio State University. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Free University Berlin in 2000. He received his Habilitation (2nd Ph.D.) in Islamic Studies at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in 2007. Before joining The Ohio State University, Dr. Tamer taught at the Free University Berlin and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany. Dr. Tamer's research deals with various subjects of Arabic and Islamic literature and culture. His particular interests are the Koran and the Arabic literature in the context of Late Antiquity, classical Arabic poetry, medieval Arabic Philosophy as well as its reception in modern political philosophy. His other areas of expertise include Islamic thought and Christian- and Judeo-Arabic literature. His current research includes a book on the concept of time in the Koran as well as the edition, translation and commenting on the pseudo-Platonic Book of Laws (Kitâb an-nawâmîs) which contains an amalgam of Hellenistic and Islamic ideas on prophecy, politics, astrology and divination. Dr. Tamer was 2002-2003 Fellow of the Working Group Modernity and Islam at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin and 2006 Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is member of the Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft, the Deutscher Hochschulverband, the Middle East Study Association and the American Oriental Society.