Sebastian Günther is Professor and Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Göttingen. He has previously held appointments at the University of Toronto (promoted in 2003 to Associate Professor of Arabic Language and Literature, with tenure) and Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg (PhD in 1989). In addition, he has accepted repeated invitations for visiting professorships at various universities and other institutions in the Middle East, including Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt; the National University in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates; the Ministry of Religious Affairs in Muscat, Oman, and the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
Professor Günther's research focuses on the intellectual heritage of the Arabic-Islamic world, in particular the Quran, religious and philosophical thought, and Arabic belles-lettres. Furthermore, several of his studies are devoted to Islamic ethics and education.
He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and international reference works. Among his recent publications, Roads to Paradise: Eschatology and Concepts of the Hereafter in Islam (2016) deserves special mention. This set of two volumes, co-edited with Todd Lawson (University of Toronto), offers a multi-disciplinary approach to Islamic concepts of death, apocalypse, and the hereafter. It analyses eschatological concepts in the Quran and its exegesis, Sunni and Shiʿi traditions, Islamic theology, philosophy, mysticism, and several other scholarly and literary disciplines reflecting pluralism and cosmopolitanism within the Islamic traditions.
Professor Günther is also a co-editor of the Islamic History and Civilization series, published by Brill Academic Publishers.