Middle Eastern and African Languages and Literatures Middle East
- Professor Emeritus of Egyptology, University of Basel
Ancient Near Eastern Language and Literature, specifically Assyriology
Islamic history 1050-1250, especially Iran and Syria; Muslim perspectives of the crusades, the scholar al-Ghazali and the caliphate.
Oral and written literatures of Africa; orality, performance and genre in the popular cultures of West Africa with particular reference to Hausa-speaking regions of Nigeria and Niger