Rüdiger Arnzen


Seminar für Orientalistik und Islamwissenschaften
GB 2/39
Universitätsstrasse 150
44801 Bochum

Degree: Ph.D. in Oriental Studies in 1994 at the University of Bochum
Position: Research Associate

Contact Details

Email: ruediger.arnzen@rub.de
Tel: +49 234/ 32 28125
Fax: +49 234/ 32 14928

Current Projects on Averroes

  • Working on GALex.
  • Member of the ERC project "Greek into Arabic: Philosophical Concepts and Linguistic Bridges".
  • Working on a monograph on medieval Arabic concepts of metaphysics.

Publications on Averroes

Books (selection)

  • Averrois Cordubensis commentum magnum super libro De celo et mundo Aristotelis. Ex recognitione Francis James Carmody (†) in lucem edidit Rüdiger Arnzen. Editioni praefatus est Gerhard Endress. 2 vols. (Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie médiévales. Bibliotheca 4.1.1, 4.1.2.) Leuven : Peeters, 2003.
  • Averroes on Aristotle’s Metaphysics. An Annotated Translation of the So-called Epitome. (Scientia Graeco-Arabica 5) Berlin: De Gruyter, 2010.
  • A Greek and Arabic Lexicon (GALex). Materials for a dictionary of the mediaeval translations from Greek into Arabic. Fascicle بدن : 9 to بشّ, together with Gerhard Endress and Dimitri Gutas. Leiden: Brill, 2011. (Handbuch der Orientalistik: Abt. 1. Der Nahe und Mittlere Osten, Bd XI.).


  • Philosophische Kommentare im Mittelalter - Zugänge und Orientierungen. Zweiter Teil: III. Platonica – IV. Aristotelica, Allgemeine Zeitschrift für Philosophie 32 (2007), p. 259-90. (Together with G. Guldentops, A. Speer, M. Trizio, D. Wirmer)
  • On the Nature and Fate of Chapter V of Ibn Rushd’s Epitome of Aristotle’s Metaphysics. In: Islamic Thought in the Middle Ages. Studies in Text, Transmission and Translation in Honour of Hans Daiber. Ed. by A. Akasoy and W. Raven. (Islamic Philosophy, Theology and Science. Texts and Studies 75) Leiden: Brill, 2008, p. 43-58.
  • Ibn Rushd on the Structure of Aristotle’s Metaphysics. Documenti e studi sulla tradizione filosofica medievale 21 (2010), p. 375-410.


Rüdiger Arnzen's main areas of research are medieval and early modern Arabic and Persian philosophy and history of the sciences in the Islamic world. Trained in philosophy and Arabic and Persian languages and philology at the University of Bochum, where he received a Ph.D. in Oriental Studies in 1994, he participated for many years in the longterm project to compile a Greek and Arabic Lexicon (GALex, organized and edited by Gerhard Endress in cooperation with Dimitri Gutas). During this activity he also developed a long-standing interest in Classical Arabic lexicography and linguistics, especially in the field of Graeco-Arabic and Arabo-Latin philosophical and scientific terminology and translation technique. He is currently member of the ERC project "Greek into Arabic: Philosophical Concepts and Linguistic Bridges" and works on the Greek and Arabic Lexicon as well as on a monograph on medieval Arabic concepts of metaphysics.