Publisher of the Verlag für Orientkunde is Dr. Oliver Vorndran. He inherited the VfO from his grandfather Dr. Hans Vorndran in 2001. During the eighties he once had been responsible for delivering book orders. By this time he began to feel responsible for the publishing house. In 1990 he started his studies in political science, political economy and public law at Freiburg University. Since 2012, he is head of the "Center for Education and Integration" of the Kreis Paderborn (Regional Authority of Paderborn), Germany.
The Military Government grants a license to Hans Vorndran for the "publication of books and periodicals under the firm 'Verlag für Orientkunde' on March 15, 1949".
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Marzolph is the editor of the series "Beiträge zur Kulturgeschichte des islamischen Orients" or "Contributions to the Cultural History of the Islamic Orient".
Having retired from active service in 2018, Ulrich Marzolph was a professor of Islamic Studies at the Georg-August-University in Göttingen, Germany, and a senior member of
the editorial committee of the Enzyklopädie des Märchens. He specializes in the narrative culture of the Islamic Near and Middle East, with particular emphasis on Arab and Persian folk narrative, popular literature, and related fields.
We are grateful to any of the authors who have put an enormous effort into research and writing. They represent the spirit of the publishing house: for the freedom of the arts and humanities.