Notes on Contributors

Salome Beridze has studied Arabic Studies in Tbilisi, Kuwait and Berlin. From 2014–2017 she was working as research assistant in the project Corpus Coranicum of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Currently, she is member of the Graduate School Manuscript Cultures of the University of Hamburg where she is preparing a Ph.D. thesis on the palaeography of early Qurʾān manuscripts.

Charlotte Bohm has studied Jewish, Byzantine and Semitic studies at the FU Berlin. She works as a research assistant in the project Corpus Coranicum of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

Ursula Bsees Dr.phil. (2015), is a Visiting Research Associate at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. Funded by an Erwin Schrödinger research fellowship from the Austrian Science Fund, she does research on early hadith scholarship and transmission of texts, based on Arabic papyri. Her research interests lie in Arabic papyri (mostly literary), Medieval Arabic manuscripts, and magic and popular belief in the Arab World. She is currently preparing her doctoral dissertation on the edition and analysis of a Medieval paper scroll from rural Egypt for publication.

Tobias J. Jocham does research at the Corpus Coranicum at Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. His main interest and study rests with material analysis of late antique manuscripts and its value as evidence for development of scripts and writing systems. He is preparing his Ph.D. on ink analysis of qurʾānic parchments and papyri.

Andreas Kaplony Ph.D. (1994), Habilitation (2001), is Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. He has published widely on Arabic-Islamic history.

Michael Josef Marx has studied Oriental and Semitic languages and literatures and linguistics in Berlin (FU), Bonn, Tehran and Paris (INALCO and EPHE). Since 2007 he is director of the research department Corpus Coranicum of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, a project founded together with Angelika Neuwirth and Nicolai Sinai in 2005. Together with the TELOTA department of the Academy, Michael has developed the online publication system Corpus Coranicum and is currently editor in chief of the online catalogue of ancient Qurʾanic manuscripts. Together with François Déroche (Collège de France) and Christian Julien Robin (CNRS) he has been conducting the French-German projects Coranica and Paleocoran, supported by the German Research Council (DFG) and the Agence nationale de la recherche (ANR).

Daniel Potthast Dr.phil. (2011), teaches and does research at the Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. His main interest lies in the history of Muslim-Christian contact in the Middle Ages and in Arabic document studies. He has published Christen und Muslime im Andalus: Andalusische Christen und ihre Literatur nach religionspolemischen Texten des zehnten bis zwölften Jahrhunderts (2013), several articles on letter exchange in the Western Mediterranean and is preparing a study on diplomatic exchange between Arabic and Latin empires in the fourteenth century.

Leonora Sonego lic.phil. (2011) is research assistant at the Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität München. She has been working for the Arabic Papyrology Database since 2010, keeping newly entered data consistent with the existing corpus. One of her interests is the functioning of legal documents.

Eva Mira Youssef-Grob Dr.phil. (2009), is a lecturer for Arabic and Arab culture at University of Zurich and ETH Zurich. Her doctoral thesis Documentary Arabic Private and Business Letters on Papyrus: Form and Function, Content and Context (2010) emerged in the Zurich/Munich research group of the Arabic Papyrology Database Project in which she was working from 2006 until 2016. Her interests in Arabic Papyrology are broad and cover, besides different aspects of letter writing, especially questions of palaeography and dating.