DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17192/meta.2013.1.1040

Yvonne Albers is research associate in the department for Arabic Studies at the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies at Marburg University and has attained a Master’s degree in Theater Studies, Philosophy, and Arabic Studies at Leipzig University. Based on her master thesis, she published a book on spectatorship in contemporary Lebanese theater (Scheiternde Zeugen, machtlose Wähler: Der Zuschauer im zeitgenössischen libanesischen Theater, 2011). In her PhD project, she addresses the concept of the aesthetic in modern Arab thought. Her interests include the history of ideas and reception in Arab modernity, modern and contemporary arts, and aesthetic theory.

Maike Neufend is research associate in the department for Islamic Studies at the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies at Marburg University. After having attained her Master’s degree in Islamic Studies, Sociology and Philosophy at Hamburg University, she published a book on ʿAbd al-Qādir’s concept of Islamic reason based on her master thesis (Das Moderne in der islamischen Tradition: Eine Studie zu Amir ʿAbd al-Qādir al-Ğazāˈirīs Verteidigung der islamischen Vernunft, 2012). In her PhD thesis, she is conducting a sociological study on Sufism in Lebanon. Her research interests include sociology of Islam, cultural studies and modern history of ideas.