Born27 November 1967 (age 48)
Siegen, West Germany (1967-11-27) BooksGod is Beautiful: The Aest, Das Buch der von Neil Youn, The Terror of God: Attar - Job, Ausnahmezustand: Reisen in eine beu, Gott ist schön
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Navid Kermani (Persian: نوید کرمانی; [næviːd cɛrmɑniː]; born 27 November 1967 in Siegen, Germany) is a German writer and Orientalist. He is the author of several novels as well as books and essays on Islam, the Middle East and Christian-Muslim dialogue. He has won numerous prizes for his literary and academic work, including the Peace Prize of the German Booksellers' Association on 18 June 2015.
Navid Kermani was born the fourth son of Iranian parents in Siegen, West Germany. He began his writing career at age 15 as a local reporter for the Westfälische Rundschau. As a student he published in German national newspapers; from 1996 to 2000 he was a regular contributor to the feuilleton section of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He studied philosophy, Oriental studies and drama in Cologne, Cairo and Bonn. His doctoral thesis has been published in English translation as God Is Beautiful: The Aesthetic Experience of the Quran.
He regularly publishes articles, literary reviews and travelogues, especially in Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Zeit, Neue Zürcher Zeitung and Der Spiegel.
In the preface of his book Between Quran and Kafka: West-Eastern Affinities he acknowledges that he is an Orientalist and his world view has been shaped by his childhood interactions living in a German society.
Awards and distinctions
2009: Hessian Cultural Prize
2011: Buber–Rosenzweig Medal
2011: Hannah Arendt Prize
2012: Kleist Prize
2012: Cicero Prize for public speaking
2014: Joseph Breitbach Prize
2015: Member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts
2015: Peace Prize of the German Publishers' Association
2015: Jan Michalski Prize for Literature finalist for Zwischen Koran und Kafka: West-östliche Erkundungen
Avicenna-Studienwerk, Member of the Board of Trustees
Goethe Institute, Member of the Committee for the Goethe Medal
In 2009, the German state of Hesse decided to award its 45,000 euro Hessian Cultural Prize in July 2009 jointly to a Jew, a Muslim, a Catholic and a Lutheran to honour those involved in interfaith dialogue. There was controversy over Kermani's nomination as one of the three winners because of an essay in which Kermani had written about his feelings on seeing a painting of the crucifixion by the seventeenth-century Italian painter Guido Reni. The issue was ultimately resolved, and Cardinal Karl Lehmann, Peter Steinacker, Kermani, and Salomon Korn jointly received the prize on 26 November 2009. Kermani donated his share of the award to a Christian priest.
Kermani holds German and Iranian citizenship. He is married to the Islam scholar Katajun Amirpur and has two children. He lives in Cologne.