Professor of Islamic Studies
Research leave, winter term 2019/2020
Kurt Franz teaches Islamic Studies and works on the political and social history and also the history of science of the Islamic Near East during its early and middle periods. His books investigate the Arabic chronical literature and the history of the Bedouin. In these and other publications – e.g. on slavery and the division of labour, communication networks, and historical concepts of geo-space – he queries social developments under the aspect of the transmission of knowledge, its partiality, and its intertextuality. After directing a project at the Collaborative Research Centre 586 in Halle, holding a Research Associate position at the Orient-Institut Beirut and a Visiting Professorship in Islamic Studies in Hamburg, Kurt Franz joined Tübingen’s Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies in 2014. He has established the Islamic History Geodata Initiative, a research unit on spatial history and historical cartography that has a focus on the Ayyubid and Mamluk periods, 1169–1517.
No courses taught at present
I am on leave for a research semester during winter term 2019/2020 and will not teach courses. I am not offering office hours until further notice.
Bachelor and Master candidates please contact me by e-mail.
Dipl.-Ing. Jeannine Ernst (Cartography)
Dipl.-Ing. Martin Grosch (Cartography)
Dipl.-Geogr. Christian Wörner (Geoinformatics)
Asli Kücük (assistance)
Maximilian Perseke, B.A. (assistance)
Exzellence Initiative – Institutional Strategy of the University of Tübingen, Exploration Fund 2014–2016