b. 1967, is a German writer. A habilitated orientalist, he was a long-term fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study Berlin. He has won numerous prizes for his academic and literary work and for his active engagement, including the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. He is a member of the German Academy for Language and Literature and the German Islam Conference. Recently published: Morgen ist da. Reden, 2019
Participant of the European Literature Days 2021.