Books (with peer review)
Volume 1: Foundations and the Formation of a Tradition: Reflections on the Hereafter in the Quran and Islamic Religious Thought,
Volume 2: Continuity and Change: The Plurality of Eschatological Representations in the Islamicate World,
ed. S. Günther and T. Lawson, with the assistance of C. Mauder, Leiden et al: Brill, 2016. (more)
(This volume deals with the genesis of selected classical Arabic texts as the products of different milieus, and the implications which these texts had for Islamic societies in medieval times. It explores the concepts and images which Muslim scholars from the 8th to the 14th century presented in their writings and, in particular, ponders the ways in which these authors used specific methods of portrayal—either overtly or more subtly—to advance their ideas. The fresh theoretical and methodological approaches applied in this book facilitate the understanding of how medieval Muslim writers expressed their views and, more importantly, why they expressed them in the way they did. This helps disclose, for example, how the images of historically or religiously significant figures in Arabic-Islamic culture have been developed and shaped in the process of their "literarization." The book consists of sixteen chapters written by scholars of Arabic and Islamic studies from Europe, the Middle East, and North America.)
[= Hallesche Beiträge zur Orientwissenschaft 27], Halle: Universitätsdruckerei, 1999.
(Annotated edition of eight unpublished studies by Johann W. Fück on the Qur’an and several other central aspects of Arabic-Islamic history and culture.)
(An Analytical Study of the Sources Used by Abu l-Faraj al-Isfahani for his Historical-Biographical Encyclopaedia “The Killing of the Talibids.”)