Maher Jarrar (PhD 1989 from the University of Tübingen) is Professor at the American University of Beirut, both at the Civilization Sequence Program and at the Department of Arabic. In 1996 and 2011 he was a Visiting Professor at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University and in 2002-2003 a Fellow in the working group Modernity and Islam at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. He has published numerous books and articles in the fields of Islamic studies, Arabic literature, and literary criticism. Sebastian Günther (Ph.D. (1989, University of Halle-Wittenberg) is Professor and Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Göttingen. He has published extensively on the intellectual and religious history of Islam, including Roads to Paradise: Eschatology and Concepts of the Hereafter in Islam (co-edited with T. Lawson, Brill 2016) and Die Geheimnisse der oberen und und der unteren Welt: Magie im Islam zwischen Glaube und Wissenschaft (co-edited with D. Pielow, Brill 2018).