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Navid Kermani


(Foto: Villa Massimo / Alberto Novelli)

Navid Kermani, the spring, 2014, Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor at Dartmouth, is a citizen of both Germany and Iran and the author of novels, short stories, literary criticism, travelogues, a children's book, and numerous essays on Islam, Christian-Muslim relations, the Middle East, and aesthetic questions. He studied Islamic Studies, Philosophy, and Theater in Cologne, Cairo, and Bonn, completing his Dr. Phil. in 1998 with a dissertation on the aesthetic reception of the Koran. From 2005 to 2007 he worked as a director and "curator for extraordinary events" at the Schauspiel Köln, and since 2006 he has been hosting the "Literary Salon" together with Guy Helminger at the Stadtgarten Cologne. He has received many awards, including the Buber-Rosenzweig Medal, the Hannah-Arendt-Prize and the Kleist-Prize, and he has been a fellow in residence at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and the German Academy of Rome. He was selected to give the Frankfurt Lectures on Poetics in 2010 and the Göttingen Lectures on Poetics in 2011. As the Max Kade Distinguished Visiting Professor at Dartmouth in spring, 2014, he will teach German 82, a seminar on "Religion and Literature." The course, taught at a time to be arranged, will be conducted in German and will focus on key religious moments in German literature, understanding "religious" sometimes in a confessional sense, mainly Christian or Jewish, but also comprehensively in its transcendental alignment. It will discuss authors like Lessing, Goethe, Hölderlin, Kleist, Heine, Kafka, Celan, and Thomas Mann, as well as contemporary literature.

A partial list of Navid Kermani's book publications:

Das Buch der von Neil Young Getöteten (Suhrkamp 2013)
Ausnahmezustand: Reisen in eine beunruhigte Welt (Beck 2013)
Vergesst Deutschland!: Eine patriotische Rede (Ullstein 2012)
Über den Zufall: Jean Paul, Hölderlin und der Roman, den ich schreibe (Carl Hanser 2012)
Dein Name: Roman (Carl Hanser 2011)
Der Schrecken Gottes: Attar, Hiob und die metaphysische Revolte (Beck 2011)
Wer ist wir?: Deutschland und seine Muslime (Beck 2010)
Kurzmitteilung (Ammann 2007)
Du sollst: Erzählungen (Ammann 2006)
Und Jesus ist sein Prophet. Der Koran und die Christen, with Mehdi Bazargan and Markus Gerhold (Beck 2006)
Ayda, Bär und Hase, with Karsten Teich (Picus 2006)
Iran. Die Revolution der Kinder (Beck Verlag 2005)
Der Schrecken Gottes. Attar, Hiob und die metaphysische Revolte (Beck 2005)
Strategie der Eskalation. Der Nahe Osten, der Islam und die Politik des Westens (Wallstein 2005)
Vierzig Leben (Ammann 2004)
Schöner neuer Orient: Berichte von Städten und Kriegen (Beck 2003)
Dynamit des Geistes: Martyrium, Islam und Nihilismus (Wallstein 2002)
Iran, Die Revolution der Kinder (Beck 2001)
Gott ist schön. Das ästhetische Erleben des Koran (Beck 1999)
Offenbarung als Kommunikation. Das Konzept wahy in Nasr Hamid Abu Zaids Mafhum an-nass (Peter Lang 1996).

Last Updated: 7/1/13