PD Dr. Isabel Toral-Niehoff studied History, Islamic and Arabic Studies in Tübingen (PhD 1997) with a work on Greek-Arabic Magic: Kitāb Ǧiranīs. Die arabische Übersetzung der ersten Kyranis des Hermes Trismegistos und die griechischen Parallelen. (2004). Habilitation (licentiate thesis) 2008 at the Free University Berlin (Arabic Studies), published as: Al-Ḥīra. Eine arabische Kulturmetropole im spätantiken Kontext (Brill: 2014, Iran Book Award 2016). Since 1997 she has hold various research positions and fellowships in Freiburg, Berlin, London and Göttingen (CRC EDRIS). Her main publishing and research fields are: Arabia and the Near East in Late Antiquity; cultural identity and cultural contact/transfer; Arabic occult sciences; adab, fiction and encyclopaedias; Al-Andalus. Since September 2016 she is scientific coordinator of the initiative of the Excellence Cluster COPING PRACTICES at the Mainz University and teaches at the Free University Berlin as Privatdozent since 2008.