Almut Höfert is SNSF professor for the transcultural history of the Arab and Latin Middle Ages at the University of Zurich.
She studied history and Islamic studies in Bonn, Freiburg and Cairo. After participating in projects on the regional history of Baden, she was a research associate at the University of Würzburg for one year. Between 1996 and 2001 she completed her doctoral studies at the European University Institute in Florence with research stays in Vienna, Venice and Paris. From 2001 to 2010 she was assistant professor of History at the University of Basel and was appointed professor in 2014. While she was writing her habilitation thesis, she was a visiting scholar at the American University in Cairo in 2005/6 and a fellow of the Berlin Wissenschaftskolleg in 2006/7. Since 2011 she has held a Swiss National Science Foundation professorship for transcultural History of the Arab and Latin Middle Ages at the University of Zurich. Her main research topics include the history of religions and governance, gender history, travel accounts and Christian perceptions of Islam. Her publications include Höfert, Almut: Kaisertum und Kalifat. Der imperiale Monotheismus im Früh- und Hochmittelalter, Frankfurt am Main 2015 (Globalgeschichte); Höfert, Almut: Den Feind beschreiben. «Türkengefahr» und europäisches Wissen über das Osmanische Reich 1450-1600, Frankfurt a.M 2003; Höfert, Almut; Opitz, Claudia; Ulbrich, Claudia (Hg.): Geschlechtergeschichte global, Wien 2012.