Literaturen im Kontext: Arabisch – Persisch - Türkisch, vol. 1. Wiesbaden: Reichert, 2000.
The book opens up an interdisciplinary perspective on Middle Eastern literatures and engages in the ongoing dialogue with literary theory. It presents nineteen different readings of Arabic, Persian, and Turkish works of classical and modern times, which revive these texts and discuss selected theoretical models and their applicability and interdependence.
Literaturen im Kontext: Arabisch – Persisch - Türkisch, vol. 16. Wiesbaden: Reichert, 2004.
Nine essays examine how Arabic and Persian literature between the ninth and seventeenth centuries often served a twofold function: bringing rulers didactic, ethical, and ideological concerns, and ensuring livelihood, protection, and status of their authors. In order to counteract the higher power of an addressee, the writer, with the authority of religious law or ethical ideals, exercised criticism and praised the value of his own art. The rulers sought a place in literary tradition by means of death charges, praise poems, four-line poems, love letters, letters of officialdom, government statutes, dynastic historiography, princely mirrors and shadow play, while rulers pursued the public display of their education and generosity and their honorable afterlife.
Leiden: Brill, 2007.
The volume combines approaches to different elements of Arabic-Islamic literature, mainly in linguistics, literature, literary theory and prosody, but also includes religion, ritual, economy and zoology. Contributions also touch on the neighboring areas of ancient Iranian, Persian, Greek and Byzantine writing cultures. Some contributions take a particular Arabic word (cat, giraffe) or morphem as an approach; others examine literary genres (speech, qaṣīda, multilingual poem, travel description) or their characters (trickster, Satan). Cultural concepts such as desire, gift or discourse are treated, as well as aspects of extensive phenomena, such as the role of the giver in dream interpretation or the respective advantages of luxury and mass goods.