Orient- und Islamwissenschaft

Prof. Dr. Kurt Franz

Professor of Islamic Studies
Acting Professor for Prof. Dr. Heidrun Eichner

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.


Courses, summer semester 2021

Research interests


Islamic History Geodata Initiative

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