Joachim Jakob is an expert in the historical relations between the three monotheistic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), especially in the Middle East. His research focuses mainly on Christian textual sources written in Syriac and partly in Arabic during the medieval period. He has also published on the situation of Christians in the Ottoman Empire. Dr. Jakob is currently the principal investigator of the research project “The Syriac Works of Nonnus of Nisibis (d. after 862) – Edition and Annotated Translation” (funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF) at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg, Austria.
Dr. Jakob studied Catholic theology (Mag.theol., 2011) as well as history (B.A., 2011; M.A., 2013) at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg. He received awards for academic excellence (“Leistungsstipendien”) for his efforts from the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg’s Catholic Theological School (2012) and from its School of Social and Cultural Sciences (2014). Dr. Jakob completed his doctoral studies (Dr.theol., 2018) in Salzburg with a thesis entitled “Syriac Christianity and Early Islam: Theological Reactions in Syriac Texts from the 7th to the 9th Centuries” (“Syrisches Christentum und früher Islam. Theologische Reaktionen in syrisch-sprachigen Texten vom 7. bis 9. Jahrhundert”; reviewers: Prof. Dr. Dietmar W. Winkler, Salzburg, and Prof. Dr. Herman Teule, Leuven). For his doctoral thesis Dr. Jakob received the Karl Rahner Award for Theological Research in 2019 (funded by the Karl Rahner Foundation, Munich, and granted at the University of Innsbruck), and the award of the “Gesellschaft zum Studium des Christlichen Ostens” (GSCO, Society for the Study of the Christian East) in 2021. During his doctoral studies, his research was funded by Pro Scientia, the Cusanuswerk (scholarship body of the Catholic Church in Germany), and subsequently by the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Furthermore, Dr. Jakob spent two summers at the University of Münster (Germany) participating in intensive language courses on Theological Arabic with Dr. Shawqi Talia from The Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.). After his doctoral studies, Dr. Jakob was in charge of the pastoral care of university students and academics in the Catholic diocese of Linz (Austria) from 2019 to 2022. Dr. Jakob also worked as research associate and university lecturer for ecclesiastical history at the “Technische Universität Dresden” (Germany) from April 2021 to March 2022.