"Shifting the Gaze: A Plea for Other Questions"

"Can Islam be reformed? Can it fit in with the secular orders of European societies? Are Muslims integrated into Europe? Can't Muslims take a joke? These are however the wrong questions, since they fail to recognise, let alone break down, the hegemonic framework within which they are posed; a framework that measures the compatibility, or lack of it, of Muslims with a liberal and secular order," argues Shirin Amir-Moazami in her recent article in the "Eutopia: Ideas for Europe Magazine"


Islamic Art in the 21st Century: Conversations

Second Annual Lecture Series of the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, organised and moderated by Prof. Dr. Wendy Shaw

Junge Frau aus Jos, Nigeria, rezitiert den Koran

Long Night of Science

The next Long Night of Science, an annual event in Berlin and Potsdam, will be held on June 13, 2015. Researchers from all the departments and institutes at Freie Universität are on hand to explain their innovative research. The BGSMCS will participate under the title "Voices of Islam/Stimmen des Islam".

Doctoral Students' Blog


Rahina Muazu: "Nigerian Election 2015: Hope after Despair"

On 28 March 2015, Nigerians made history. For the first time, an incumbent government was voted out and an opposition party was voted in. I never thought I would see such a day! It is certainly a great day for many Nigerians: it brings hope after despair to Nigeria, a country devastated by insecurity, poverty, and corruption but full of millions of intelligent, hard-working, and determined citizens. [...]