AGYA Member

Ronny Vollandt

Oriental Studies

Areas of Expertise for Media Inquiries:
Medieval Jewish and Christian Literature in Arabic, Arabic Versions of the Bible, interfaith relations

About me

Ronny Vollandt, Professor of Judaic Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich:

My research concentrates on the 'exegetical triangle' of Jews and Christians under Islam: exegetical literature, grammatical thought, and Bible translations in Arabic. The transmission of texts and ideas among various religious groups partaking in the same cultural and linguistic milieu brought about revolutionary changes in many areas.

The scholarly investigation beyond denominational borders is still in its infancy. I consider my research situated in this new framework that systematically crosses the boundaries between three major disciplines of academia: Jewish Studies, Islamic Studies, and the study of Eastern Christianity. It is precisely this interdisciplinary approach that triggered my interest in the AGYA.

One of my constant guiding believes was the profound doubt on the myth of an epistemic break between "Eastern" and "Western" academic traditions, which can only be bridged by a tight collaboration with Arab colleagues.

Current projects


  • Member of the AGYA Working Group Arab and German Education: In charge of a comparative survey of early career scholars in both, the Arab countries and Germany. Its objective is to describe and to identify the major challenges with regard to young scholars’ professional prospects in today’s academic landscape, but also beyond. It seeks to understand how the situation in the respective regions, as conditioned by governmental policy-makers and other stakeholders, has an effect on their work.
  • Biblia Arabica. Texts and Studies, Leiden: Brill (board)
  • Lengua y literatura judeo-arabe de la Edad Media a la Edad Moderna, CSIC, Madrid (affiliated researcher)
  • Journal Intellectual History of the Islamicate World, Leiden: Brill (board)
  • H-Judaeo-Arabic (advisory board)
  • Scriptorium: Workshops on the study of Oriental manuscripts (Steering Committee)

Academic Career

2015 - Professor of Judaic Studies, Institute for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität; Munich, Germany
2013 - 2015 Senior Research Associate, Research Unit Intellectual History of the Islamicate World, Freie Universität Berlin; Germany
2011 - 2012 Associated Researcher, Section Hebraique, Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique; Paris, France
2011 Research Assistant (part-time), project: “Jewish calendar controversies in the 10th-11th centuries Near East: a historical and codicological analysis”, Dept. Hebrew & Jewish Studies, University College London; UK
2011 PhD, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge; UK
2008 - 2011 Research Assistant (part-time), Genizah Unit, University Library Cambridge; UK
2007 MA, Department of Arabic, Hebrew University Jerusalem; Israel

Selected Publications


  • Vollandt, R. (2015). Arabic Versions of the Pentateuch. A comparative study of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Sources, Leiden: Brill.
  • Vollandt, R. (ed.). (forthcoming). Völker des Buches: Orientalische Bibelhandschriften der Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Harrassowitz.
  • Vollandt, R. (forthcoming). The Torah in the language of the Ishmaelites. Saadiah's Judaeo-Arabic Tafsīr among Jews, Christians, and Muslims, Leiden: Brill.


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