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Idea and concept

Nathan Gibson, Ph.D. (2015, The Catholic University of America) is a researcher in Jewish and Christian Near Eastern Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich. He enjoys taking a digital approach to exploring Arabic and Syriac texts from medieval manuscripts, many of which passed through the hands of the manuscript hunters mentioned on this site.

Ronny Vollandt, Ph.D. (2011, University of Cambridge), is a Professor of Jewish Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich. He teaches Rabbinics and Jewish intellectual heritage in the Near East. His research usually relies on manuscripts. That’s where, in his opinion, the fun begins.

The Team

Fabio Ioppolo is a graduate student at the Institute for the Near and Middle East of the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, specialising in the history and literature of Jews in the region. He is a research assistant in the projects “Manuscript Hunters” and the “Qaraite and Rabbanite Calendars: Origins, Interaction, and Polemic”. His research interest focuses on the codicology, paleography and production background of Hebrew and Arabic Manuscripts.

Andreas Klindt studies History and Middle Eastern Studies at the Universities of Hamburg, Augsburg and currently in Munich. He enjoys going through literature as well as old stashes and caches, real and dusty or metaphorical and virtual, and to open windows into societies long gone.

Kerstin Klingelhöffer, M.A. is a PhD candidate in the History and Culture of the Near and Middle East. Her focus is looking over the fence, interculturally. This is why she is interested in investigating early European researchers in the Near East, in particular the „Manuscript Hunters,” who are in the core of this project. Her own doctoral research, she deals with the development of Mizrahi pop music, technical innovation in media and the revival of contemporary Judeo-Arabic.

Nadine Urbizcek is a graduate student at the Institute of Near and Middle Eastern Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich. Her interests include history, poetry and politics of the countries of the Arabian Peninsula, Muslim-Jewish relations in all their facets, Arabic & Hebrew Manuscripts and – of course – their hunters.

Leonie Rogg is a graduate student at Near and Middle Eastern Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich. Her main focus is on the comprehensive and multifaceted study of Iranian history and culture with a particular attention to the 19th and 20th centuries. She is particularly interested in the study of Jewish-Shiite interfaith relations and Jewish life under Shiite rule in general.