BTS 84

“Istanbuler Texte und Studien 4”: Ghazal as World Literature II: From a Literary Genre to a Great Tradition. The Ottoman Gaze in Context.

Angelika Neuwirth, Judith Pfeiffer, Börte Sagaster (eds.)

Istanbul 2006., 389 pp. english and german Text

Being considered as one of the most successful genres of world literature, the ghazal started out as new form of love poetry at the end of the 7th century in the Arabian Peninsula and soon spread all over the Islamic world. During the 19th century it was even introduced into the German poetical scene. This volume contains nine contributions reflecting on the history and evolution of the ghazal through Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Hebrew and German literature and even discussing the impact of the ghazal on contemporary Middle Eastern literature. The texts also treat the topic of modern Arabic readings of the ghazal, its formal and thematic aspects and its ambiguity, as well as its transformations in the time of the late Arabic and the Persian ghazal.


Angelika Neuwirth has been a professor for Arabic Studies at the Free University of Berlin since 1991 and was the director of the Orient Institute in Beirut and Istanbul. Her main areas of research comprise Qur’anic Studies, Exegesis, Classical and Modern Arabic Literature.

Judith Pfeiffer is an Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic History at the University of Oxford as well as a fellow of St Cross College, researching mainly on the topics of Islamic history, historiography, and hagiography of the 13th to 16th centuries. Manfred Kropp is a professor for Semitic and Islamic Studies at the University of Mainz. 


Börte Sagaster studied Islamic and Turkish Studies and German Literature at the universities of Freiburg and Hamburg before obtaining her Ph.D. in Turjish Studies at the University of Hamburg in 1995. After having worked at the Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin, the Orient-Institut in Istanbul and the Universities of Heidelberg and Nicosia she is currently employed at the Department for Oriental Studies at the University of Giessen.