Dr Lorenz Nigst
Lorenz Nigst is a Research Associate and manages the corpus in KITAB Project. He has a PhD in Arabic philology from the University of Vienna (Austria), and his MA thesis was dedicated to the ascetic poetry of Abū l-ʿAlāʾ al-Maʿarrī. Building on project work for the University of Vienna focused on the veneration of saints in the Southern Tunisian Nefzaoua region; he has become especially interested in the subject of Islamic sainthood which is not only reflected in his PhD research on Ibn Taymiyya’s ideas regarding sainthood, but also his current interest in medieval Islamic texts that figure the experience of being drawn close to God.
From 2016–2019, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Phonogrammarchiv of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in a project about the Druze discourse on reincarnation, for which he also has been creating an electronic corpus of Druze religious poetry.
He has also written about gender and sexuality with an emphasis on contemporary material.