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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. Several of his major studies are devoted to Islamic ethics and education.
Sebastian Günther is Germany’s National Representative in the Union Européenne des Arabisants et Islamisants (UEAI), after serving this international academic association as Vice-President and President (2010-2015). In addition, he is a Member of the Initiative Group for the World Forum 2020 Human Education in the Third Millennium, next to being Co-Editor and Board Member of several academic journals and book series.