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Philip Bockholt

Philip Bockholt

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

Junior Professor for History of the Turkish-Persian World at the Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies

Dr Philip Bockholt is junior professor for the history of the Turco-Persian world at the Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Münster (since October 2022). From 2022 to 2028, he will head the Emmy Noether Junior Research Group “Inner-Islamic knowledge transfer in Arabic-Persian-Ottoman translation processes in the Eastern Mediterranean (1400–1750)”. Previously, he was a research associate at the Institute of Oriental Studies at the University of Leipzig. He received his PhD in Islamic Studies from Freie Universität Berlin in 2018. His PhD dissertation examines historiography in Iran in the early Safavid period (16th century) and provides an analysis of Khvāndamīr’s Ḥabīb al-Siyar(Beloved of Careers) and its readership. It has been published in two separate volumes by Brill (Leiden/Boston) as Weltgeschichtsschreibung zwischen Schia und Sunna and Austrian Academy of Sciences Press (Vienna) as Ein Bestseller der islamischen Vormoderne in 2021–2. A series of research fellowships took him to Istanbul, Jerusalem, Madrid, Paris, and Saint Petersburg.

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (since 2022):

Junior Professor for History of the Turkish-Persian World, Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies

Universität Leipzig (2018 – 2022):

Research Associate, Oriental Institute

PhD Research (2014 – 2018):

Writing World History Between Shia and Sunna: Khvāndamīr’s (d. 1535–36) Ḥabīb al-siyar and its Reception in the Manuscript Age

  • First supervisor: Gudrun Krämer
  • Second supervisor: Christoph Werner
  • Third supervisor: Mansur Sefatgol