Professor with special responsibilities
Karen Blixens Plads 16, Building: 255A
2300 København S
- PI for the Danish Research Council project "Ambiguity and Precision in the Qur'an"
- The language and semantics of the Qur’an with special emphasis on Neareastern intertextuality and metaphors; the Qur’an in light of cognitive linguistics and CMT (conceptual metaphor theory)
- The Qur’an as literature; the Qur’an in Western literature.
- The Qur’an, corporeality, sexuality and violence.
- The Qur’an and ritual.
- The Qur’an and the natural world.
Primary fields of research
- Islam with special emphasis on history of religion and phenomenology of religion.
- The qur'anic engagement and intertextual links with biblical literature.
- The historical genesis of the Qur’an.
- Qur’anic studies; development of theory and method in relation to the reading and interpretation of the Qur’an (often inspired by comparative literature studies and criticism, cognitive semantics and Biblical studies).
- The rhetorical-literary and semiotic Gestalt of the Qur’an.
- Other Islamic genres (e.g. hadith, sira, tafsir, poetry).
- Muhammad as a historical and textual figure; Qur’anic characters and protagonists (e.g. Abraham, Jesus and the holy spirit).
- Islamic rituals and aesthetic forms and traditions.
- Islam and the political.
- Islam’s history of research.
Fields of interest
In addition to the above mentioned subjects I am broadly interested in most Islamic subjects, whether of classical or more contemporary character. As such I am always engaged in the political, ethical, and pedagogical challenges in regard to the academic study of and critical gaze on religion in general and Islam in particular. Accordingly, I regularly appear in various fora of popular dissemination, primarily newspapers but also the electronic media.