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Angelika Neuwirth

Angelika Neuwirth
Born(1943-11-04)4 November 1943
Titleprofessor, doctor of philosophy
Academic background
Alma materUniversities of Berlin, Tehran, Göttingen, Jerusalem, Munich
Academic work
DisciplineQuranic Studies
Sub-disciplineOrder in Quranic Chapters

Angelika Neuwirth FBA (born 4 November 1943, Nienburg) is a German Islamic studies scholar and professor of Quranic studies at Freie University in Berlin.

Quranic education

Born in Nienburg, Lower Saxony,[1] she studied Islamic studies, semitic studies and classical philology at the Universities of Berlin, Tehran, Göttingen, Jerusalem, and Munich.[2]

Posts held

Neuwirth is also the director of the research project Corpus Coranicum.[3][4] Between 1994 and 1999, she was the director of the German Institute of Oriental Studies in Beirut and Istanbul. She currently works as a professor in Freie University in Berlin and as a visiting professor at the University of Jordan in Amman, and her research focuses on the Qur'an, its interpretations, and modern Arabic literature in the Eastern Mediterranean, especially Palestinian poetry and prose related to the Arab-Israeli conflict.


In 2011 she was named an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences,[5] and in 2012 was granted an honorary doctorate from Yale University's Department of Religious Studies.[3][6] In June 2013, the Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung awarded her its Sigmund Freud Prize for her research on the Qur'an.[7][8] In July 2018 she was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy.[9]


  • Neuwirth, Angelika (2007). "Orientalism in Oriental Studies? Qur'anic Studies as a Case in Point". Journal of Qur'anic Studies. 9 (21): 115–127. doi:10.3366/e1465359108000119. JSTOR 25728259.
  • Neuwirth, Angelika (2008). "Two Views of History and Human Future: Qur'anic and Biblical Renderings of Divine Promises". Journal of Qur'anic Studies. 10 (1): 1–20. doi:10.3366/e1465359109000217. JSTOR 25728268.
  • Neuwirth, Angelika (2010). Der Koran als Text der Spätantike: Ein europäischer Zugang. Berlin: Insel Verlag. ISBN 9783458710264. English translation: Neuwirth, Angelika (2019). The Qur'an and Late Antiquity: A Shared Heritage. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199928958.
  • Neuwirth, Angelika; Sinai, Nicolai; Marx, Michael (2010). The Quran in context: historical and literary investigations into the Quranic milieu. Leiden: Brill. ISBN 978-9004176881.
  • Neuwirth, Angelika (2014). Scripture, Poetry and the Making of a Community: Reading the Qur'an as a Literary Text. Oxford: OUP. ISBN 9780198701644.
  • Neuwirth, Angelika (2010–2017). Der Koran. Handkommentar mit Übersetzung. Berlin: Insel Verlag. (The Qur'ān: A Hand-Commentary with German Translation.) Five volumes planned:
  • Neuwirth, Angelika (2011). Band 1: Frühmekkanische Suren. Poetische Prophetie. Berlin: Insel Verlag. ISBN 978-3-458-75981-2. (Volume 1: Early Meccan Suras. Poetic Prophecy)
  • Neuwirth, Angelika (2017). Band 2/1: Frühmittelmekkanische Suren. Das neue Gottesvolk. Berlin: Insel Verlag. ISBN 978-3-458-70039-5. (Volume 2/1: Early Middle Meccan Suras. The New People of God.)


  1. ^ "Angelika Neuwirth". Munzinger Biographie (in German). Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  2. ^ profile
  3. ^ a b "Arabic Studies Professor Angelika Neuwirth Awarded Honorary Doctorate from Yale". Freie Universität Berlin. 1 December 2020. Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  4. ^ Qantara website, article by Stefan Weidner 6 May 2011
  5. ^ American Academy of Arts and Sciences press release 4/19/2011
  6. ^ YaleNews May 21, 2012
  7. ^ "Awards – Sigmund-Freud-Preis – Angelika Neuwirth". Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung (in German). Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  8. ^ Freie Universität press release July 31, 2013
  9. ^ "Record number of academics elected to British Academy". British Academy. 20 July 2018. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
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