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Ruben Schenzle, M.A.

Ruben Schenzle

Seminar for Semitic and Arabic Studies

Arabic Studies

Research Assistant

Deputy study advisor bachelor's programme; ABV officer (names D to Z)

Fabeckstr. 23-25
Room 1.2004
14195 Berlin
+49 (0)30 838 4 63332

Office hours

From now on, the BA/ABV consultation of Ruben Schenzle will take place on Mondays from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm as telephone consultation. Please follow this link to make an appointment. 


Since 2017

Research and teaching assistant at the Seminar for Semitic and Arabic Studies, Freie Universität Berlin


Research assistant at «Mominoun bila Hodoud», a panarabic academic NGO [LINK: http://mominoun.com/]


Student Tutor for Arabic language and culture at Humboldt University, Berlin


Studies: Arabic Studies (MA) and Islamic Studies (BA) at Freie Universität Berlin


ERASMUS-Student at Universidad de Granada, Spain


DAAD scholarship: study visit and language course in Cairo, Egypt


Civilian Service in Jerusalem, Israel/Palestine

Lectures in winter 2018/19

Lectures in summer 2018

Lectures in winter 2017/18

  • 14287 Lektürekurs
    Die Literatur von Nagib Mahfuz (Ruben Schenzle)
    Zeit: Di 12:00-14:00, zusätzliche Termine siehe LV-Details (Erster Termin: 24.10.2017)
    Ort: 0.2001 Seminarraum (Fabeckstr. 23-25)

Lectures in summer 2017

  • 14287 Lektürekurs
    Mensch und Koran (Ruben Schenzle)
    Zeit: Di 12:00-14:00 (Erster Termin: 18.04.2017)
    Ort: 2.2058 Seminarraum (Fabeckstr. 23-25)

Previous focus of research

  • The Qur’an and its late antique environment
  • Philosophical Anthropology
  • Modern Muslim Exegesis

Further Fields of Interest

  • Literary Translation (prose & poetry)
  • History of the Arabization of al-Andalus
  • Utopia in Arabic Literature

Currently I am focusing on Utopian Thought in Early Arabic Literature. The aim of my research is to adjust the assumption in Western scholarship of Utopia being a mere singular Western phenomenon by carving out aspects of utopian thinking such as variations of mythical narratives, longevity of antique philosophy through the Arabic tradition, as well as fictional elements in works of adab-literature. Works of interest are, e.g. Ibn Šuhaid (Risālat at-tawābiʿ wa-z-zawābiʿ ); Iḫwān aṣ-ṣafāʾ (Rasāʾil iḫwān aṣ-ṣafāʾ wa-ullān al-wafā); al-Qazwīnī (Kitāb ʿaǧāʾib al-maḫlūqāt wa-ġarāʾib al-mauǧūdāt) among others.