Dagmar Riedel studied Islamic history and medieval Arabic and Persian literatures at the Universität Hamburg and Indiana University. Her dissertation on Persian and Arabic encyclopedias received the 2005 dissertation prize of the Foundation of Iranian Studies. She has been a fellow at the Arabic manuscript project of the Chester Beatty Library Dublin, and Burke Library scholar-in-residence at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, and has taught at Indiana University and Universität Hamburg. Her current research explores the history of the Islamic book, within the wider perspective of the cultural history of the transmission of knowledge between the Near East, Europe, and North America. In 2005 she curated a Quran exhibition in Burke Library, a revised digital version of which is available on the Columbia University Libraries website. In 2011 she initiated a new Columbia University Seminar on Religion and Writing, which she co-chairs with Dr. Mahnaz Moazami. Since 2012 she is writing a Columbia University Libraries research blog on Islamic Books. In connection with the 150th anniversary of the birth of A. V. Williams Jackson in 2012 she curated an Oriental book exhibition in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library and organized in 2013 a conference on the history of Islamic Studies at Columbia University.