Detlev Quintern

Dr. Detlev Quintern
externer Dozent, Zentralinstitut studium plus


Assistant Professor at Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakıf University (Istanbul), History of Science and Director for Training and Development at the Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin Research Foundation for the History of Science in Islam. Editorial Board: Islamic Philosophy and Occidental Phenomenology in Dialogue


After studying international economics and political sciences in Bremen, Arabic and Oriental studies in Hamburg and Leipzig, he graduated with a PhD in History from Bremen University.

The dissertation project focused on the Rasā’il Ikhwān as-Safā’ (10th Century AC), while researching the treaties in a long-term historical context of intellectual and history of science before and during the Abbāsid Caliphate. Parallel to teachings at German universities (history, international economics and relations, cultural studies and museology) since 1997, he had curated museum’s exhibitions, thereby, following a universalistic approach in which cross-cultural conveyances and interlacing are studied. This also holds true for my teachings, focusing on the history of ideas, science and culture as universal heritage, whereas specific emphasis is placed on the flourishing Arabic-Islamic period and it’s traveling to Europe. My current main research interests are the history of geography, cartography and travel writings and ethics of cross-cultural understanding (philosophy).


Latest Books (2014-2017)


2016 Gülhane Studies, Yearbook of the Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin Research, Vol. 1, Ibn Sīna’s Qānūn fī al-Ṭibb: History, Tradition, Relevance, Ed. Şükrettin Güldütuna, Detlev Quintern, Istanbul: Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin Research Foundation for the History of Science in Islam.

2014 Ikhwân al-Safâ. Horizons d’un nouvel humanisme, Traduit de l‘allemand par Jürgen Brankel, avec la collaboration d’Elliot Vaucher, Paris: Éditions Geuthner.

2014 (co-edited with Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka), The Logos of Life and Cultural Interlacing, Islamic Philosophy and Phenomenology of Life in Dialogue. Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka (Ed.), IPOP Series, Vol. 7, Dodrecht, Heidelberg, London, New York: Springer.