Matthias Tischler

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


Matthias M. Tischler, born 1968 in Münchberg (Germany), studied Medieval and Modern History, Applied Historical Sciences, Latin and Romance Philology, Philosophy, Theology and Islamic Studies at the Universities of Heidelberg, Munich and Frankfurt. He obtained his PhD in Heidelberg (1998). After holding PostDoc positions at Paris (DHI) and Bamberg, he was an Assistant Professor at Frankfurt (2001-2009). After his habilitation at Dresden (2008/2009), he was Associate Professor (2009/2012), Senior Research Fellow at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) (2013/2014) and Research Group Leader at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMAFO) in Vienna (2015/2016). He was a Visiting Professor of the ÉPHÉ in Paris (2015) and a Senior Research Fellow at the Medieval Institute of the University of Notre Dame, USA (2016). In 2016 he accepted a position at ICREA at the Department of Ancient and Medieval Studies of the UAB, which he has held since January 1, 2017.

Research interests

My studies are raising the question about the geographical, linguistic, religious, cultural and mental borders of the multi-layered legacy in the centers and peripheries of the Medieval Worlds. First, I have analyzed the Europe-wide intellectual attraction and radiance of the Parisian abbey of Saint-Victor in the mirror of its exegetical and theological production, focusing on the German, Anglo-Saxon, French, Italian and Hispanic areas. Then, I have broadened my panorama to reconstruct European religious and intellectual identities by conducting extensive research on texts of Christian-Muslim encounters and perceptions in Europe. On this basis, I have been able to pursue studies on early Christian polemics against Islam, on the linguistic and religious borders between Christians, Jews and Muslims, and on processes of religious and cultural passages, entanglement and dis/integration among the members of the three monotheisms, especially in the Carolingian and Iberian Worlds.

Selected publications

Tischler M 2018, Journal of Transcultural Medieval Studies 5, 1–2, 442 pp. (Editor-in-Chief).

Tischler M 2018, ‘Karl der Große in der Erinnerung der Karolingerfamilie’ in: Erinnerungswege. Kolloquium zu Ehren von Johannes Fried (Frankfurter Historische Abhandlungen 49), ed. by Gudian J et al., Stuttgart, p. 37–52.

Tischler M 2018, ‘Eine unbekannte zeitgenössische Handschrift von Hugos von Sankt Viktor Werk ‘De tribus diebus‘ in Siegburg. Beobachtungen zur frühen Verbreitung Viktoriner Theologie zwischen Paris, dem Rheinland und Südostdeutschland, Mitteilungen des Instituts für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung 126, p. 110–117.

Tischler M 2018, ‘Pergamins plens de pols i pobles particulars. Nova recerca en matèria de manuscrits carolingis i d’història pública a la Catalunya del segle XXI’, Zeitschrift für Katalanistik 31, p. 345–349.

Tischler M 2018, ‘Supposed and True Knowledge of the Qur’ān in Early Medieval Latin Literature, Eighth and Ninth Centuries’, Journal of Transcultural Medieval Studies 5, 1, p. 7–54.

Tischler M 2018, ‘Religiöse Alterität und scholastische Irrtumsbekämpfung. Neue Umgangsformen der hochmittelalterlichen Bildungselite mit dem Islam’ in: Irrtum – Error – Erreur (Miscellanea Mediaevalia 40), ed. by Speer A Mauriège M, Berlin/Boston, p. 281–324 and 819.

Selected research activities

1st Reviewer of the Thesis of Habilitation by Dr. B Müller-Schauenburg: Das Kirchenbild Benedikts [XIII.] im Spiegel der Komposition seiner Bibliothek, Phil.-Theol. Hochschule Sankt Georgen, Frankfurt/Main, June 15, 2018.

Co-Director of the FWF-Project “Bible and Historiography in Transcultural Iberian Societies, 8th to 12th Centuries” (2015–2019) and the HERA-Project “After Empire: Using and Not Using the Past in the Crisis of the Carolingian World, c.900‒c.1050” (2016–2019).

Series Co-Editor of Forte, AJ (ed.), Friguli Commentarius in evangelium secundum Matthaeum (Rarissima Mediaevalia Opera Latina 6), Munster/W. 2018.