Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies
Host University: Freie Universität Berlin (with contributions from Humboldt-Universität)
The examination of Islam and reaction to it are shaping policy and public discourse - in Germany and abroad. To cater to the growing demand for well-founded knowledge, the graduate school trains qualified specialists for science, media, politics and international cooperation.
The graduate school systematically investigates and compares the range of historical and current knowledge of Islam. Its research focuses on the inner diversity, historical mutability and global connectedness of cultures and societies characterised by Islam, as well as the history of relations between Muslims and non-Muslims. The collaboration between scientists from different social science and humanities disciplines enables fascinating shifts in perspective.
In terms of both its international composition and the diversity of its research regions, the graduate school also covers a broad range geographically: above and beyond the Middle East, it includes Africa, Central, Southern and Southeast Asia and the Muslim diaspora in Europe and North America. Islam as a frame of reference for religious, cultural, social and political phenomena in both the past and present is the theme that unites the diverse research projects.
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Gudrun Krämer (FU)