Hans Wehr

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Hans Wehr
Hans Wehr in 1972
Born(1909-07-05)5 July 1909
Died24 May 1981(1981-05-24) (aged 71)
Known forHans Wehr transliteration
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of Münster
Notable worksA Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic

Hans Bodo Gerhardt Wehr (German: [hans veːɐ̯]; 5 July 1909, Leipzig – 24 May 1981, Münster)[1] was a German Arabist. A professor at the University of Münster from 1957–1974, he published the Arabisches Wörterbuch (1952), which was later published in an English edition as A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, edited by J Milton Cowan. For the dictionary Wehr created a transliteration scheme to represent the Arabic alphabet. The latest edition of the dictionary was published in 1995 and is Arabic–German only.

Wehr joined the Nazi Party in 1940, and wrote an essay arguing that the German government should ally with "the Arabs" against England and France. The dictionary project was funded by the Nazi government, which intended to use it to translate Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf into Arabic.[2]


  1. ^ Eisenstein, H. (1981–1982). "Hans Wehr (5. Juli 1909 bis 24. Mai 1981)". Archiv für Orientforschung. 28: 283–284. JSTOR 41637807.
  2. ^ Buchen, Stefan. "Hedwig Klein and "Mein Kampf": The unknown Arabist - Qantara.de". Qantara.de - Dialogue with the Islamic World. Retrieved 28 April 2018.