Dr. Yasemin Gökpınar

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin (Geschäftsführung)

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Yasemin Gökpınar is an orientalist and musicologist. She works as a research associate (management) of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) and at the same time as research associate at the Academy of Sciences in Vienna. From 2015-2018 she was a research associate at the Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main, and from 2013 to 2014 she worked as a scientific assistant on the ERC-project “Glossarium Graeco-Arabicum” (Greek – Arabic lexical database) at the Institute for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (RUB).

She gave lectures on modern Arabic and Turkish literature at RUB, where in 2016 she obtained a PhD in Oriental Studies about singing slave girls from the Abbasid times to the Mamelukes. At Goethe University Frankfurt/Main she taught Arabic manuscript culture and editorial techniques, also by means of the programme Classical Text Editor.

Yasemin Gökpınar’s research focusses on music theory, the translation movement from Greek to Arabic and manuscripts. She is author of al-Muwaylihi, Muhammad: Die Erzählung des Isa ibn Hisam. Die zweite Reise (2014) and Der Ṭarab der Sängersklavinnen. Ibn Faḍlallāh al-ʿUmarī (gest. 749/1349) über ǧawārī und die höfische Musikkultur seiner Zeit (forthcoming 2019).


  • Arabic and Greek music theory

  • Arabic Greek translation movement

  • Music and court culture from the Abbasids to the Mamelukes

  • Arabic manuscripts

  • Oriental musical instruments and music

  • Arabic literature


The present project is part of the ERC-granted project (Dr. Stefan Hagel, Austrian Academy of Science, Vienna) Ancient Music beyond Hellenism, which explores relations between Hellenic/Hellenistic music as pervaded the theatres and concert halls throughout and beyond the Roman empire and Near Eastern traditions – from the diatonic system emerging from cuneiform sources to the flourishing musical world of the caliphates.
In my project, I concentrate on examining al Fārābī’s Great Book on Music being the greatest and most influential one, but I also take other early sources on music into account, such as al Kindī’s works, or the Iḫwān aṣ Ṣafāʾs volume on music and others. Research questions include matters of transmission, of designation and musicological relationships.


Another project explores the manuscripts in Arabic script of the university library Senckenberg, Frankfurt am Main. The corpus of about 120 manuscripts were described physically and according to contents within two project courses “Learning by researching” (Universitätsprogramm “Forschendes Lernen,” RUB, and Förderfonds Lehre, Goethe University Frankfurt/Main). Students researched the digitalised manuscripts as well as the physical manuscripts in the library under my supervision. After my revision and completion our findings will end up in a short catalogue.