Orient- und Islamwissenschaft

Katarina Roberts, M.A.

Katarina Roberts is a research associate at the Dept. of Oriental and Islamic Studies at the University of Tübingen since June 2021. She’s working on her doctoral thesis in Islamic Studies (Islamwissenschaft) on the manuscripts of the Kitāb al-Raḥma fī l-ṭibb wa-l-ḥikma (كتاب الرحمة في الطب والحكمة) with a focus on the pursuit and transfer of knowledge in the natural and occult sciences .
She studied Islamic Studies and Gender Studies at the University of Zürich and wrote her Master’s thesis on the role of urban architecture and infrastructure in the legitimisation and realisation of French colonial rule in Algiers.

Courses in summer term 2024

> Language Course: Reading Classical Arabic Texts ("Arabisch 2B") (2 CH, in German)

Courses in winter term 2023/24

> Seminar: "God, Nature, Magic: (natural) sciences in the premodern Islamicate world" (2 CH, Mon 4:15-5:45 pm, in German)
> Exercise: "Introduction to Islamic Studies", with Nicolas A. Hintermann (M.A.) (2 CH, Tue or Thu 10:15-11:45 am, in German)

Administrative responsibilities



Bessard, Fanny: Caliphs and Merchands. Cities and Economies of Power in the Near East (700–950), in: Orientalistische Literaturzeitung, 118:2 (2023): 112–5.

Stearns, Justin: Revealed Sciences. The Natural Sciences in Islam in Seventeenth-Century Morocco, in: Orientalistische Literaturzeitung, 117:2 (2022): 155–8.

Research interests

  • Social history and the history of science in the Islamicate world
  • Power, authority and resistance through the ages
  • Postcolonial theory and the history of colonialism
  • Gender relations and queer theory
  • The city and the human being