Call for Applications - PhD Programme 2016

The Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies will admit up to fifteen PhD students to its doctoral programme, which is to begin on 1 October 2016. Up to ten of these candidates will receive a Graduate School grant. The deadline for application is 15 November 2015.


Provincializing the Social Sciences

The conference "Provincializing the Social Sciences" was held at Freie Universität Berlin on 4 - 6 June 2015. Here you can find a conference report written by its two organisers, Ruth Streicher and Schirin Amir-Moazami, and another report in German by Nils Riecken:


Adapter - A play directed by our doctoral student Nora Haakh

On 14 October is the opening night of the play "Adapter" which was directed by our doctoral student Nora Haakh. This work is part of her PhD dissertation project. Based on autobiographical accounts, the play offers insights into the specific Syrian experience. In a humorous and poetical way it deals with the question how violence, revolution, displacement and war put relationships under pressure.


"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"

Doctoral Students' Blog


“Drinking the Written Qur’an: Scripture and Healing in Zanzibar Town”

Hanna Nieber on her research project



BGSMCS abroad

On 5 Oktober doctoral candidate Mohamed Eissa will present a paper on "Count the Truth: Debates on Legal Plurality within the Shāfiʿī School of Law" as part of the workshop "Uncovering the Divine Law in Islam" at the University of Exeter.

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).