Navid Kermani

Navid Kermani’s humane scholarship and literary erudition have made him one of the world’s most eloquent voices for cultural dialogue between the Islamic and Western worlds. A scholar, novelist and writer, Kermani is of Iranian origin and now lives in Cologne, Germany. He has received numerous accolades for his work, including the 2015 Peace Prize of the German Publishers’ Association, Germany’s most prestigious literary award. His early work probed the literary and artistic significance of the Quran and early Islamic writings, and thereby the close correlation between Islamic religious and aesthetic experience. More recently, he has sought to examine the cultural affinities between Western and Islamic literature, emphasizing cosmopolitanism and cultural dialogue, rather than conflict, as important touchstones of the relationship between East and West. Polity has published multiple books by Kermani, including God is Beautiful, The Terror of God and Between Quran and Kafka: West–Eastern Affinities.