Dr. Manolis Ulbricht
Chair of Byzantine Studies
(Former) Research and Teaching Assistant
About the person
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From 2016 to 2019, Manolis Ulbricht was Research and Teaching Assistant to the Chair of Berlin Byzantine Studies (on research leave 2019–2022). He has been Project Coordinator and Research Assistant in the third-party funded project entitled “Aristotle’s Poetics in the West (of India) from Antiquity to the Renaissance: A Multilingual Edition with Studies of the Cultural Contexts of the Syriac, Arabic, Hebrew, and Latin Translations” of the Einstein Foundation Berlin from 2016 to 2019. As holder of a Feodor Lynen Postdoc Research Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, he was affiliated with the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in the Department of Byzantine Philology and Folkloristics from May 2019 to October 2021. From Novemeber 2021 to April 2022, he was visiting scholar at the National Hellenic Research Foundation with a DAAD Postdoc Fellowship.
Manolis Ulbricht studied Ancient History, Islamic Studies and Protestant at the Freie Universität Berlin and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2003–2010). At the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, he studied primarily Orthodox Theology as well as Hellenistic and Late Antique History (2005–2007). After two years of further studies and field research in Damascus and Lebanon (2010–2012), he went on pursuing a doctoral degree in Byzantine Studies (2012–2015).
He has been dispatched to the Monastic Community of the Holy Mountain Athos and to the National Library of Greece by the Freie Universität Berlin (2018/19) to research manuscripts and archives. His research aims at interdisciplinarily exploring Qur’anic translations into Greek, Latin and Syriac and their reception in a historical and diachronic manner from the Christian perspective.
Overview of Didactic Approaches
Berlin Byzantine Studies prides itself for effectively integrating the ongoing research conducted by the chair of Byzantine Studies into its students’ regular curriculum in accordance with the Freie Universität Berlin’s future-oriented institutional strategy. Through this research-orientated teaching, our students and the students of neighboring disciplines can be actively introduced to the questions arising from ongoing research projects in an interdisciplinary manner
Therefore, we regularly offer ‘research internships’ that undergraduate as well as masters students may attend. It is our goal to introduce our students to the methods and approaches of this future-orientated teaching as early as possible.
Another characteristic example of a sustainable combination of research and teaching at Berlin Byzantine Studies is the conceptualization of and successful application for the teaching project “The Digitization of Philology – Corpus Coranicum Christianum”. The project was designed by and for students and directly integrates the research into the regular teaching curriculum.
Moreover, our professorship is actively involved in the digitization of the humanities. A concrete expression of this commitment is the securing of the 2019 E-Learning-Project “Methods for Digitally Indexing and Compiling Digital Editions in the Philology of the Christian Orient: from Digitizations of Handwritten Text to a Digital Edition (</xml>)”. From the winter semester 2019/20 until the summer semester 2021, we offered an introductory course and an advanced training course respectively in the digital humanities.
We foster this kind of interaction between researchers and students at all levels!
Teaching Materials for Students and Teachers
Here you will find teaching materials created by Manolis Ulbricht for his various courses and teaching formats. These are materials on digital humanities, basic philological work and paleography/codicology. The course materials are available for open access download at this link.
Evaluation by the Students
The courses taught by Manolis Ulbricht are evaluated by the students themselves in the course of each term. If you would like to gain an overview of the teaching evaluations, you can find the feedback from students with regards to Manolis Ulbricht’s course offerings under the following link:
Evaluations of Courses, Research Internships, Erasmus+ Internships, and other Internships
Courses and Teaching Formats
Byzantium and Early Islam
- Muslim-Christian Relations in Early Islam
- Byzantine Apologetics and Polemics against Islam
See Ph.D. Thesis: “Coranus Graecus. The Oldest Transmitted Translation of the Qur’ ān within the «Ἀνατροπὴ τοῦ Κορανίου» of Nicetas of Byzantium. Introduction, Text, Translation, Commentary”
Muslim Qur’anic Studies and Christian Translations of the Qur’an
- Greek Translations of the Qur’an and their Reception in the Latin Middle Ages
- Research Activities and Initiatives in the frame of the Documenta Coranica Christiana
Byzantine Theology and Heresiology
- The Orthodoxy of Byzantium
- East Christian Heterodoxies
Byzantine Hymnology and Psalmody
- Music Theory of Byzantine Church Music
- Common Music Traditions in Near Eastern Liturgical Practices