At the University of Freiburg, I teach a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses covering modern and premodern Islam as well as the history of the Middle East, South Asia, the Indian Ocean and Central Asia. I’m particulary interested in introducing students to new and exciting approaches in the field.

Winter Term 2020/2021

  • Undergraduate Seminar “Missed Connection? The Middle East, Europe, and the Riddle of Lost Momentum” (Anschluss verpasst? Der Nahe Osten, Europa und das Rätsel der verlorenen Dynamik)
  • Graduate Seminar: “Little Ice Ages and Mighty Microbes: Environmental History and the Middle East” (Kleine Eiszeiten und mächtige Mikroben: Was uns Umweltgeschichte über den Nahen Osten verraten kann)

Summer Term 2019

  • Undergraduate Seminar “The Muslim Sea: Ideas, Networks, and Trade in the Indian Ocean” (Das Muslimische Meer: Ideen, Netzwerke und Handel im Indischen Ozean)
  • Undergraduate Seminar “Religion and the State in the Middle East,” taught for the University College Freiburg (UCF)
  • Graduate Seminar: “Advanced Persian Reading”

Winter Term 2018/2019

  • Undergraduate Seminar “At the End of the World, Where Empires Come to Die: Afghanistan in the 20th and 21st Century (Am Ende der Welt, wo Imperien scheitern: Afghanistan im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert)
  • Graduate Seminar: “Introduction to Iran for Students of the MA Modern Islamic World” (together with Prof. Tim Epkenhans)

Summer Term 2018

  • Undergraduate Seminar: “From the Balkans to Bengal: The Empires of the Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals in Comparative Perspective” (Vom Balkan bis nach Bengalen: Osmanen, Safaviden und das Mogulreich im Vergleich)
  • Graduate Seminar: “The Beats of Beirut Meet the Races of Riyad: Popular Culture in the Middle East since the Premodern Period” (Beirut bebt und Riad rast: Der Nahe Osten und seine Alltagskultur seit der Vormoderne)
  • Advising of a BA Thesis on “The Islamic State and its Strategies of Legitimization”

Winter Term 2017/2018:

  • Undergraduate Seminar: “Religion and State in the Middle East” (Religion und Staat im Nahen Osten)
  • Graduate Seminar: “Salafism: Debating the Genesis of a Phenomenon” (Salafismus: Entwicklung, Themen und aktuelle Forschung)