Christopher Braun

Christopher Braun, Dr.

Researcher SNSF-Project




since 2016

Research Fellow, SNSF project "Between Religion and Alchemy. The scholar Ibn Arfa‘ Ra’s (d. 1197) as a model for an integrative Arabic literary and cultural history“


PhD student, The Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London, funded by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung

PhD thesis:  ‘Treasure Hunting and Grave Robbery in Islamic Egypt – Textual Evidence and Social Context’

First supervisor:  Prof. Charles Burnett (The Warburg Institute)

Second supervisor: Prof. Dr Konrad Hirschler (SOAS)


Research assistant, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften in Cooperation with the ERC project ‘Language – Philology – Culture. Arab Cultural Semantics in Transition’, St. Andrews University (Scotland)


Collaborator, Digitization of Arabic manuscript catalogues, al-Furqān Islamic Heritage Foundation, London


Fellow at Forschungszentrum Gotha (Herzog-Ernst Fellowship of the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung)


Studied Arabic, Islamic Studies and French Philology in Berlin and Paris; Research Assitant to Prof. Angelika Neuwirth (Arabic Studies, Freie Universität Berlin)

Research interests

History of Arabic Occult Sciences (especially Alchemy and Magic)

Egypt in the Mamluk and Ottoman periods



Das Kitāb Sidrat al-muntahā des Pseudo-Ibn Waḥšīya. Einleitung, Edition und Übersetzung eines hermetisch-allegorischen Traktats zur Alchemie. Berlin: Klaus Schwarz Verlag, 2016 (=I slamkundliche Untersuchungen 327).


Articles and book chapters

‘Who Began with this Art? Where did it Emerge?’: A Hermetic Frame Story on the Origins of Alchemy in Pseudo-Ibn-Waḥshīya’s The Book of the Ziziphus Tree of the Furthest Boundary’, in Al-Qanṭara. Revista de Estudios Árabes 37ii, 373-398.

‘The Kitâb Sidrat al-muntahâ of Ibn Wahshiyya – On the Furthest Boundary of Alchemical Wisdom?’, in: S. C. Martín, A. Echavarren, E. F. Medina et al., Mediterráneos: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Cultures of the Mediterranean Sea, Newcastle upon Tyne 2013, pp. 412–428.