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Prof. Dr. Stephan Conermann

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Stephan Conermann

University of Bonn
Istitute of Oriental and Asian Studies (IOA)
Department of Islamic Studies and Languages of the Middle East
Regina-Pacis Weg 7
D-53113 Bonn
Phone: +49/ (0)228 / 73-7462



Current position

Vice President for International Affairs of Bonn University
Director of the Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies (IOA)
Spokesperson for the DFG-Institute of Advanced Studies (FOR 1362) “History and Society during the Mamluk Era (1250-1517)”
Spokesperson of Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies


In his research¸ Stephan Conermann compares different forms of slavery in pre-modern societies. His starting point are different forms of dependency in the Mamluk Sultanate in Egypt and Syria (1250-1517). There a predominantly Arabic population was dominated by a Turkish speaking elite of manumitted military slaves who sought to regenerate themselves continuously through a self-imposed fiat of import and training of young mamluks. The only person who could become a Mamluk was a Turk (and less frequently other races) who had been born free outside the Islamic territories as a non-Muslim, then enslaved, brought to Egypt as a slave, converted to Islam, trained as a warrior, and finally freed and enrolled in the Sultan's armies.

6 books, 33 edited volumes, 90 academic papers and 160 reviews. 150 national and international lectures and presentations, 21 finished and 20 ongoing doctorate supervisions, supervisor of 33 Magister, 21 Master and 21 Bachelor theses.


  • 2001                           Habilitation and Venia legendi in Islamic Studies
  • 1992–1996                 Ph.D. Studies in Oriental Languages/Islamic Studies, Department of Humanities, University of Kiel, Germany
  • 1985–1992                 M.A. in European and Asian History, Oriental and Slavic Languages, University of Kiel, Germany

Academic Positions

  • 2003–present             Professor of Islamic Studies at the Institute for Oriental and Asian Studies, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 1991–2003                 Research Associate, Institute of Oriental Studies, University of Kiel, Germany

Participation in Centers and Collaborative Projects

  • 2016–present             Deputy spokesperson for the DFG Collaborative Research Center “Macht und Herrschaft (Power and Rule).
                                       Premodern Configurations in a Transcultural Perspective”
  • 2010–present             Spokesperson for the DFG Center for Advanced Studies (FOR 1262) "History and Society in the Mamluk
                                       Suktanate (1250-1517)"
  • 2010–2015                 Spokesperson for the Bonn International Graduate School of Oriental and Asian Studies (BIGS-OAS)
  • 2008–2012–2016       Member and spokesperson of the DFG Expert Commission 106 "Social and Cultural Anthropology, Non-
                                       European Cultures, Jewish Studies and Religious Studies"

Additional Academic Activities

  •                                    Co-editor of the publication series of the German Medievalists’ Society “Das Mittelalter”
  • 2015–present             Co-editor of the series “Ottoman Studies”
  • 2012–present             Editor of the series “Ulrich Haarmann Memorial Lectures”
  • 2011–present             Co-editor of the series “Mamluk Studies”
  • 2006–present             Thematic Editor of the Internet Review Journal “sehepunkte” (
  • 2006–present             Editor of the series “Bonner Asienstudien” (BAS, “Bonn Asian Studies”)
  • 2006–present             Editor of the series “Bonner islamwissenschaftliche Hefte” (BiH)
  • 2003–present             Editor of the series “Bonner Islamstudien” (BIS, “Bonn Islamic Studies”)

Third-Party Funding

  • Gerda Henkel Foundation (collaborative project 2015-2017)
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (collaborative project 2013-2014)
  • VW Foundation (individual project 2012-2014)
  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (collaborative projects 2010-2014, 2011-2016)
  • German Research Foundation (Center for Advanced Studies 2010-2019 and 5 individual projects since 2009)

Total sum of approximately 9 million euros.

Selected Publications

  • (ed.): Innovation oder Plagiat? Kompilationstechniken in der Vormoderne. [Innovation or Plagiarism? Compilation Techniques in the Premodern Period]. Berlin 2015.
  • (ed.): Everything is on the Move: The ‘Mamluk Empire’ as a Node in (Trans-)Regional Networks. Göttingen 2014.
  • Mamlukica – Studies on the History and Society during the Mamluk Era/Studien zu Geschichte und Gesellschaft der Mamlukenzeit. Göttingen 2013.
  • (ed.): Ubi sumus? Quo vademus? Mamluk Studies – State of the Art. Göttingen 2013.
  • With B. Agai (eds.): "Wenn einer eine Reise tut, hat er was zu erzählen“. Präfiguration – Konfiguration – Refiguration in muslimischen Reiseberichten. ["Whoever Goes Traveling Can Tell us Many Stories”. Prefigurations – Configurations – Refigurations in Muslim Travel Writings]. Berlin 2013.
  • Das Mogulreich. Geschichte und Kultur des muslimischen Indien. [The Mughal Empire. History and Culture in Muslim India]. Munich 2006.
  • Geschichtsdenken der Kulturen. Eine kommentierte Dokumentation. Südasien – von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Band 2: Die muslimische Sicht (13.-18. Jahrhundert). [Historical Thinking in Different Cultures. A Commented Documentation. South Asia – From the Beginnings to the Present. Vol. 2: The Muslim Perspective, 13th to 18th Century]. Frankfurt am Main 2002.
  • Historiographie als Sinnstiftung. Indo-persische Geschichtsschreibung während der Mogulzeit (932-1118/1526-1707). [Historiography as 'Sinnstiftung‘. Indo-Persian Historiography during the Mughal Period]. Wiesbaden 2002.
  • Muṣṭafā Maḥmūd (geb. 1921) und der modifizierte islamische Diskurs im modernen Ägypten. [Muṣṭafā Maḥmūd (born 1921) and the Modified Islamic Discourse in Modern Egypt]. Berlin 1996.
  • Die Beschreibung Indiens in der 'Rihla' des Ibn Battūta. Eine herrschaftssoziologische Einordnung des Delhisultanates unter Muhammad Ibn Tuġluq. [The Description of India in Ibn Battūta’s 'Rihla'. A Sociological Classification of the Delhisultanate under Muhammad Ibn Tuġluq]. Berlin 1993.
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