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Team

Prof. Dr. Beatrice Gruendler

Beatrice Gründler is not only an eminent scholar of medieval Arabic, a leader in her field, and an expert in the history of the book in the Islamic World, but also a capacious thinker across humanistic disciplines. As the Principal Investigator of this project, she especially draws on her philological expertise, her familiarity with Arabic palaeography and codicology as well as her interest in digital humanities for Arabic philology.

PD Dr. Isabel Toral

Since October 2018, Isabel has led the ERC project AnonymClassic as deputy principal investigator. Her focus is on aspects of fictional storytelling and cultural translation.

Dr. Johannes Stephan

Johannes is a literary historian of the Arabic tradition with a PhD from the University of Bern. He has joined the AnonymClassic team in February 2019. He explores the indirect transmission of Kalila wa-Dimna in Arabic from the 9th century onward and the significance of linguistic variations within the corpus.

Theodore S. Beers

Theodore is a Persian and Arabic philologist who joined the AnonymClassic project in April 2019. He wrote his dissertation at the University of Chicago (currently awaiting defense) on the development of Persian literary anthologies in the late Timurid and early Safavid-Mughal periods. As part of the AnonymClassic team, Theodore will focus on the transmission, translation, and continual reworking of material connected to Kalīla wa-Dimna, with particular regard to the interplay between the Arabic and Persian traditions.

Khouloud Khalfallah

Khouloud joined the project team "Kalīla wa Dimna – Wisdom Encoded“ in September 2017 then continued on the AnonymClassic project since January 2018. In addition to the transcription and the comparison of Kalīla wa Dimna manuscripts, she focuses on the description and the codicological analyze of the Arabic manuscript versions as well as the digital restoration of parts of some manuscripts.

Marwa M. Ahmed

Marwa is responsible for the programming of the LERA platform and other tasks related to the project’s Digital Humanities workflow.

Mahmoud Kozae

Mahmoud was part of the project team "Kalīla wa Dimna – Wisdom Encoded“ (2015-2017), then continued on the AnonymClassic project since January 2018. His tasks focus on digital support for the project, providing the conceptual and computational framework based on the LERA programme (in cooperation with the Universität Halle) for the Digital Synopsis and Edition of the Arabic Manuscript versions.

Victoria Mummelthei

Victoria is a researcher in the field of (modern) Arabic literature as world literature, literary and cultural theories, currently working on her dissertation on the poetry of Nizar Qabbani (1923–1998) as a corpus-stylistic study. As a research associate, Victoria is responsible for scholarly communication and the dissemination of research processes and results.

Rima Redwan

Rima Redwan is Junior Researcher in the AnonymClassic team where she focuses on Arabic manuscript illustrations and manuscript research. She earned her MA in Arabic Studies specializing in manuscript studies.

Ruslan Pavlyshyn

Ruslan Pavlyshyn is a second year BA Student in Arabic Studies, currently taking classes in both Arabic and Persian. Since March 2019 he is student assistant at the Seminar of Arabic Studies and, from August 2019, also for ERC-Project Kalīla and Dimna – AnonymClassic.

Oualid El Khattabi

Oualid El Khattabi is currently a master’s student at the English Studies: Literature, Language, Culture MA program at Freie Universität Berlin. He holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Martil, Morocco, and a Translation Degree (Arabic-English-French) from King Fahd School of Translation, Tangier, Morocco. He joined the “Kalīla and Dimna – AnonymClassic” project in April 2020, and is responsible for transcribing manuscripts.

Dima M. Sakran

Since April 2020, Dima Sakran is a student research assistant for the ERC-project Kalīla and Dimna – AnonymClassic. She focuses both on manuscript transcription and the implementation of data to the project’s LERA platform.

Agnes Kloocke

Agnes Kloocke read Comparative Literature, Linguistics, and Cultural Studies at Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität Munich and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She works as copy editor and freelance translator specializing in art and architecture. Her professional portfolio also includes event and exhibition management. In the AnonymClassic project, Agnes Kloocke is responsible for project management and financial administration.