Dr. Assaad Elias Kattan, born in Beirut (Lebanon), studied theology in Lebanon, Thessaloniki and Germany. In 2002, he received a Ph.D in Ecclesiastical History and Hermeneutics from the University of Marburg. Since 2005 he has been the Chair of Orthodox Theology at the University of Münster. He has a number of theological studies in Arabic, German, English and French, as well as two short stories collections in Arabic: Qassem Schneider in Beirut (2013) (German translation in 2018), and “When the Dragon Got Tired” (2015) and a bok on the legacy of the Rahbani brothers and Fayrouz “ Mountains in the Clouds” (2018). In 2012, Qattan won the Donohue Prize, awarded yearly by the Institute of Oriental Studies in Rome.