Stefan Weidner, born in 1967, studied Islamic studies, philosophy and German in Göttingen, Damascus, Berkeley and Bonn. From 2001–2016 he was editor-in-chief of the cultural magazine Art & Thought/Fikrun wa Fann. He has received the Clemens Brentano Prize, the Johann Heinrich Voss Prize, and the Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation and International Understanding for his work. Stefan Weidner lives in Cologne. In 2018 Hanser published his book Jenseits des Westens. Für ein neues kosmopolitisches Denken.