Call for Papers: Summer School 2016 - "Christians and Muslims in Africa"

The Summer School "Christians and Muslims in Africa. Towards a Framework for the Study of Multi-Religious Settings", convened by Birgit Meyer (Utrecht University/ZMO), Abdoulaye Sounaye (ZMO), Marloes Janson (SOAS) and Kai Kresse (Columbia University/Visiting Research Fellow BGSMCS), will be held at ZMo and BGSMCS between 14-20 Juli 2016. The deadline for applications (for advanced PhD students and postdocs) is 15 February 2016.

"Reflections on Hegemonies of Knowledge Production and the Politics of Disciplinary Divisions"

New article by Ruth Streicher and Schirin Amir-Moazami in the discussion series “Provincializing Epistemologies-Reflections on Hegemonies of Knowledge Production and the Politics of Disciplinary Divisions”. This discussion series on TRAFO - Blog for Transregional Reserach is edited by Schirin Amir-Moazami and Ruth Streicher and pursues a set of events and conversations held at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies since 2013.


Engaging with Contemporary Philosophy in the Middle East and Muslim South Asia: Themes, Approaches, and New Perspectives

This BGSMCS lecture series, organised by Roman Seidel (BGSMCS) and Nils Riecken (ZMO) highlights the liveliness and complexity of contemporary philosophical debates in the Middle East and Muslim South Asia. The next lecture will be held on 10 December at 6 pm.


New Journal: "ReOrient"

Ruth Mas, Visiting Research Fellow at Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, is member of the editorial board of the new peer reviewed, international and interdisciplinary journal of Critical Muslim Studies, "ReOrient", which is published by Pluto Journals. "The journal is a sustained collective thought experiment that seeks to explore the consequences of producing knowledge that is no longer organized around the axis of West and non-West."


Dimitri Gutas will be Einstein Visiting Fellow at BGSMCS

Prof. Dimitri Gutas will be Einstein Visiting Fellow at BGSMCS from 2016-2019. He will lead a working group to produce a multilingual critical edition and study of Aristotle’s Poetics and its commentaries (I) and a study of its intellectual history, which bridges Islam and Europe (II). Work will be conducted in subteams for each language (Arabic, Syriac, Hebrew, and Latin). Gutas is Professor for Arabic and Islamic Studies and Graeco-Arabic Studies at Yale University and a renowned specialist in Graeco-Arabic studies. Among his publications are "Greek Thought, Arabic Culture: The Graeco-Arabic Translation Movement in Baghdad and Early ʻAbbāsid Society'" (1998), and the first editio maior of the Greek text of Aristotle’s Poetics (Leiden 2012) in collaboration with Leonardo Taran.

Doctoral Students' Blog


"Yemen’s transition to political stability was doomed to fail. Here’s why."

Mareike Transfeld on the intricacies of the failed political transition in Yemen.



BGSMCS abroad

On 16 January, Zacky Khairul Umam gave a lecture on the topic "The commentary of Ashʿarī creeds in 17th c. Medina" at the international conference "The sciences of Islam, between repetition and innovation: What is commenting in Islam?" in Cairo, the concluding conference of the "200 project".

Refugees in Berlin

Doctoral students at BGSMCS try to facilitate the arrival for refugees in Berlin. We help through the extensive knowledge of languages at the graduate school (Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Turkish).