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Otto Pretzl
German orientalist

Otto Pretzl

Otto Pretzl
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Intro German orientalist
Was Orientalist Arabist
From Germany
Field Social science
Gender male
Birth 20 April 1893, Ingolstadt, Upper Bavaria, Bavaria, Germany
Death 28 October 1941, Sevastopol, Ukraine (aged 48 years)
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Otto Pretzl (Ingolstadt, 20 April 1893 – Sevastopol, 28 October 1941) was a German Arabist-orientalist, who specialized in Koranic studies.

From 1912 he studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and in 1920 was ordained as a priest in Freising. Afterwards, he studied theology and Oriental languages at the University of Munich, where he later qualified as a lecturer in Old Testament exegesis (1928) and Islamic and Semitic languages (1933). In 1934 he became an associate professor at the university, attaining a full professorship during the following year. In 1937 he became a member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. He died in a plane crash in 1941.

Selected works

  • Die frühislamische Attributenlehre, 1940 – Early Islamic attributes doctrine.
  • Die Fortführung des Apparatus Criticus zum Koran 1934 – Continuation of the critical apparatus of the Koran.
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