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Orientalist , university professor

Stefan Heidemann is a German orientalist at Hamburg University, Hamburg.


Heidemann, Stefan was born on April 3, 1961 in Strang, Germany. Son of Georg-Heinrich Heidemann, Lieselotte Baumhöfer.


Islamic studies including Islamic Art and economics in Regensburg, Berlin, Damascus and Cairo 1982–1993. Ph.D. in Islamic studies 1993 at Free University Berlin. Graduate seminar of the American Numismatic Society New York, 1993.

Wissenschaftlicher Assistent (assistant professor) 1994–2001 at Jena University. Habilitation 2001 at Jena University. Visiting Professor 2001–2003 at University of Leipzig.

Oberassistent (senior assistant professor) 2002–2004 at Jena University. 2007-2008 Fellowship of the Aga Khan-Program of Islamic Architecture at MIT, Cambridge, MA. 2004-2010 Hochschuldozent (C2 professorship) at Jena University.


During his time at Jena University he co-ordinated the 'Oriental Coin Cabinet' and the 'Alphons-Stübel Collection of Middle Eastern Photographs (1850-1890)'. 2009-2011 he taught as Professor of Islamic History and Artistic and Material Culture at the Bard Graduate Center in New York and between 2010 and 2011 he served as Associate Curator of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Historical studies focus in their majority on Syria and northern Mesopotamia from the 7th to the 16th century.

Earlier studies include contemporary economic and development policies. Co-operation with several archaeological missions especially in Syria among them at the citadels in Aleppo, Damascus and Masyaf, urban sites such as ar-Raqqa, and Kharab Sayyar, but also in Portugal, Mongolia, and Afghanistan Balkh. In particular he pursues five major research projects:The Middle Islamic Period (12th century CE): Social, Economic and Cultural Transformations in Syria and Northern Mesopotamia including material culture. ar-Raqqa at the Euphrates: Urbanity, Economy and Settlement Pattern in the Early Islamic Period.

History of Scholarship. A Survey of Islamic Numismatics. 2005 Samir-Shamma-Prize of the Royal Numismatic Society, London.


  • 2005 Samir-Shamma-Prize of the Royal Numismatic Society, London. 2015 Full member of the Academy of Science and Literature in Mainz.



Since 2011 he teaches as Full Professor of Islamic studies at Hamburg University and serves since 2012 as editor-in-chief of the journal Der Islam.


His studies focus on political and economic history, material culture and numismatics of the Islamic World from Mongolia to northern Africa in the pre-modern period. The Early Islamic Empire at Work - the View from the Region Toward the center (7th to 11th century).


2015 Full member of the Academy of Science and Literature in Mainz.


Georg-Heinrich Heidemann Heidemann