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Prof. Dr. Friederike Pannewick

Arabic Studies/Literature, Theatre, History of Ideas, University of Marburg

Prof. Dr. Friederike Pannewick

Prof. Dr. Friederike Pannewick

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The Leibniz Prize for Friederike Pannewick is the first ever for Arabic studies. It honours a scholar who has been instrumental in advancing in Germany the interdisciplinary reorientation of her subject area and of Middle Eastern studies in general. In numerous research projects and publications in German, Arabic and English, Pannewick has examined key themes of contemporary Arabic literature and intellectual history. These include the literary treatment of civil war experiences, ideas of death, and rebellion models, whose sometimes distant historic roots in religious, political and cultural traditions Pannewick has illuminated as much as their transformation into contemporary contexts. She has repeatedly demonstrated her special ability to identify early on — and sometimes even ahead of time — significant scholarly and cultural topics and issues in the Middle East. For example, her research on the literary conceptualisation of martyrdom has made it easier to understand the current political development in Arab countries, and her working group “From Revolution to Subversion” began to analyse the underpinnings of the “Arabellion” before it even broke out.

After pursuing Oriental, Arabic and Turkish studies in Bamberg, Paris, Berlin and Damascus, Friederike Pannewick’s thesis at the Free University of Berlin was published as a book. This was followed by work as a research associate and postdoc in Berlin and several research visits in Lebanon. Since 2007 Pannewick has been professor of modern Arabic literature at the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS) at the University of Marburg.

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