Philological accuracy that we now hope to demonstrate. We are especially grateful to our Christian project assistant Cornelia Dockter, who maintained a firm grip on our project and did us an invaluable service at countless stages of our work, research and enquiries. this book would not have been possible without her unstinting aid. Last but not least, we acknowledge our project assistant Dr Darius Asghar-Zadeh, who was of great help regarding important sections of Chapter 6.
Alongside these staff members, whom the DfG’s funding allowed us to employ, there is a long list of other staff who have made major contributions to our project’s success. Dr Dina el Omari continually helped us out with her exegetical skills, Martina Aras made sure that the Syriac Orthodox perspective was represented, Professor Muna tatari and tolou Khademalsharieh provided precious assistance particularly at the beginning of the project, and Christine Schlichtig shared the burden of our work throughout its duration. eva-Maria Leifeld and Lena Steindl worked on the project for a long time as student assistants. In the latter stages, Katharina holtmann was central to supervising the publishing procedure of the German edition of the book.
Finally, we would like to present our thanks to all those who advised and assisted our project and who offered us valuable tips as we reviewed our manuscript. We would like to mention by name: Professor Reinhold Bernhardt, Professor Lejla Demiri, Professor Georg Essen, Professor hans-Peter Großhans, Dirk hartwig, Narjes Javandel, Professor Milad Karimi, Professor Elisa Klapheck, Professor Wolf Krötke, Professor Leo Lefebure, Professor hajj Muhammad Legenhausen, Professor Bernhard Nitsche, Professor Ömer Özsoy, Professor Ahmad Pakatchi, Professor Peter C. Phan, Professor Aho Shemunkasho, Professor Angelika Strot- mann, Professor Georges tamer and Professor Holger Zellentin.
We particularly wish to thank Professor Sidney Griffith and Professor Jürgen Werbick. During the Christian author’s research sabbatical in Georgetown, Sidney Griffith gave him the chance to discuss the first draft of this book sentence by sentence in a series of weekly conversations and provided countless stimulating comments on the topic. he was also the American host of a joint conference on the subject of this book at the Catholic University of America, which was of great assistance to both authors. As part of the Münster-based cluster of excellence on the topic of religion and politics, Jürgen Werbick helped the two authors to intensify their dialogue while assisting with the process by which this book came into being. his proposals have been, and still are, a special source of inspiration to both authors.
Paderborn/Münster on the feast of Jesus’s birth 2017
Klaus von Stosch and Mouhanad Khorchide