Wilhelm Baum

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For the 19th century German surgeon, see Wilhelm Baum (surgeon).

Wilhelm Baum (born in 1948, Düsseldorf, Germany) is an Austrian historian, theologian, philosopher and publisher.

Biography[edit]

He studied history, German language and theology in Innsbruck, Rome, Mainz and Tübingen (two of his professors were Ernst Bloch and Hans Küng). In 1971, he became a doctor of philosophy and in 1999 in Graz a doctor of theology. In 1995, he taught medieval history at the university of Klagenfurt and at Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz. Now he lives in Klagenfurt, Austria, and works as a chief of a publishing house Kitab-Verlag, which he founded in 1999. He's a member of PEN club.

Bibliography[edit]

He wrote books about Ludwig Wittgenstein and Karl Popper (translated into Spanish and Slovene) and studied the history of Christianity in the Near East and in India (Nestorian and the western-Syrian "monophysite" church). He wrote books and articles about history of Slovenes living in Carinthia. He is interested in minorities.

The following Baum's books were translated into English:

  • The Church of the East. A Concise History (2003) [1]
  • Shirin. Christian - Queen - Myth of Love. A woman of late antiquity - Historical reality and literary effect (2004) [2]
  • Anton Kolig and Franz Wiegele. The Austrian painters of the "Nötsch circle" and Vienna about 1900 (2005)