Stefan Weidner was born in Cologne in 1967. He studied Islamic Studies, philosophy and German literature in Göttingen, Damascus, Berkeley, and Bonn. He currently lives as a freelance writer, translator, and literary critic in Cologne. As a journalist, he writes for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Deutschlandradio, and the WDR radio station. From 2001 to 2016, Stefan Weidner also worked as the editor in chief of the cultural journal Art & Thought/Fikrun wa Fann—a publication that appears in Arabic, Persian, and English. This journal, published by the Goethe Institute, set up a dialogue between western and Islamic cultures.
Stefan Weidner has also translated and edited numerous works of Arab poetry. In 2007, he received the Johann-Heinrich Voss Prize from the German Academy for Language and Literature for his translations. As an expert on the Arab world and observer of international politics, he published a plea to rethink the world in 2021:
28th Leukerbad International Literary Festival: