Hartmut Bobzin

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Hartmut Bobzin (born August 16, 1946 in Bremen ) is a German orientalist .


From 1966 to 1973 Bobzin studied Protestant theology , religious studies , Semitic and Indology at the University of Marburg , where he received his doctorate in 1974. Until 1976 he spent a period of study in Damascus , where he studied Arabic , and then went to the University of Erlangen , where he became an academic councilor in 1981 . In 1986 he completed his habilitation in the field of Semitic Philology and Islamic Studies . For his habilitation thesis “The Koran in the Age of Reformation” he received the Faculty's habilitation award. In 1992 he received a professorship for Islamic studies. Since 2003 he has also been a full member of the Philosophical-Historical Class of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences . From 2002 to 2006 he was Vice Rector of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and responsible for international relations.

In 2007 he became a Senior Fellow at the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg .


His main areas of work include Koran research and the history of the reception of Islam in Europe.

Bobzin is a co-founder of the "Journal for Arabic Linguistics" and co-editor of the "Discourses of Arabic Studies" . He is particularly interested in the orientalist work of Friedrich Rückert , who taught oriental languages ​​in Erlangen from 1826 to 1841. Rückert's translation of the Koran there , which is particularly famous for its poetic language, was re-published by Bobzin in 1995.

From 2000 to the beginning of 2010, Bobzin worked on a completely new translation of the Koran and a history of the theological discussion of the Koran in the West. The new translation, to which a commentary volume is planned as a supplement, was published in March 2010. In 2005 he presented the “KoranLeseBuch” as a preparatory work .

Works (selection)

  • Ed .: A thousand and one ancient Arabic proverbs. Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden 1988, ISBN 3447028122 .
  • The Koran in the Age of Reformation. Studies on the early history of Arabic and Islamic studies in Europe. Beirut / Stuttgart 1995, ISBN 3899130405 ( Beirut texts and studies. Volume 42). Reprint Beirut / Würzburg 2008.
  • The Koran. An introduction. CH Beck, Munich 1999, ISBN 340643309X . Most recently: 9th edition 2015 ISBN 978-3-406-66458-8 .
  • Mohammed. CH Beck, Munich 2000, ISBN 3406447449 . Most recently: 4th edition 2011 ISBN 978-3-406-44744-0 .
  • Ed .: The Koran in the translation by Friedrich Rückert. Würzburg 1995, ISBN 3928034359 . Most recently: 4th edition 2001
  • Koran reading book. Important texts newly translated and commented on. Herder, Freiburg 2005, ISBN 3451052032 . ( HERDER spectrum. Vol. 5203). New edition: Koran reading book. The most beautiful texts of the Koran newly translated and commented on. Herder, Freiburg 2008.
  • The Koran. Retransmitted from Arabic , with the collaboration of Katharina Bobzin, CH Beck, Munich 2010, ISBN 978-3-406-58044-4 .

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