Maryam Aras is a doctoral researcher in Iranian Cultural Studies, Modern History and Literatures at the University of Bonn. She obtained her M.A. in Oriental Studies, Political Sciences and American Literature from University of Cologne. Before enrolling at BIGS-OAS, Maryam worked as a journalist, covering cultural matters across Iran and the German diaspora. In her dissertation, she focuses on Iranian maddāhī, a popular Shiite singing ritual, and its current political relevance. She is especially interested in Postcolonial Studies, diaspora and identity, Gender Studies and History of Ideas. As an editor at BOAS_insights, Maryam is responsible for Modern Iranian and Middle Eastern Studies contributions.
Amna Saeed Gillani is a Lecturer at Government College University Faisalabad, Pakistan. Amna holds M.Phil degree in Art & Design from University of the Punjab, Lahore Pakistan. Currently based in Bonn as a DAAD scholar, she is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Asian and Islamic Art History, University of Bonn. Her work focuses on Mughal Art and Architecture with a special emphasis on the city of Lahore, Pakistan. At BOAS_insights, Amna is chiefly responsible for the technical set up of the journal as well as editing the contributions from South Asian Studies.
Greg Williams is a doctoral student at the University of Bonn and member of the research unit in Islamic Archaeology there. Greg has conducted field projects in Spain, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories. His current research is based in Aswan, Egypt as part of ongoing excavations under the joint mission of the Egyptian Antiquities Authority and the Swiss Institute for Architectural and Archaeological Research on Ancient Egypt in Cairo.
Furthermore, she is attended to the task of constructing and creating a corpus of primary sources that provide insights into the Republican History of Turkey. Within a defined translation project, the corpus will be later translated into German. Besides she teaches B.A. and M.A. classes in the History of the Tanzimat Epoche of the late Ottoman Empire and Republican Turkey. At the same time, she teaches Turkish at the Oriental Department of the University of Cologne. Before changing her subject area, she received her Master’s Degree in Translation Studies at the Department of Language, Culture and Translation at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz (Germersheim) and her Bachelor’s Degree in Multilingual Communication at the University of Applied Science Cologne (now Technical University Cologne). At BOAS_Insights Wolfgarten is responsible for contributions related to historical and contemporary issues of the Late Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey.
Vicky Ziegler is a doctoral researcher in Islamic Studies at the University of Bonn. She holds university degrees in Arabic Studies and Conference Interpreting Arabic/ German from the University of Leipzig. Her research interests include the history of sciences in the Islamicate world, especially the history of alchemy, and the Arabic manuscript tradition. She spent research trips in Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Morocco and Oman. In her PhD project, which is funded by the German Avicenna Foundation, she analyzes an alchemical work of the Andalusian bāṭinist Maslama b. Qāsim al-Qurṭubī from the 10th century.