Call for Applications - PhD Programme 2017

The Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies will admit up to ten new students to its next doctoral programme, which begins on 1 October 2017. The deadline for applications is on 15 November 2016.

Hajj Lecture Series 2016/2017 Poster

At the Centre of the World? A Spatial Approach to the Hajj Pilgrimage

Lecture series organised by the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, the Institute for Asian and African Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Zentrum Moderner Orient. The first session on "Transport & Geographical History" with lectures by Baz Lecocq (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Eric Tagliacozzo (Cornell University) will be held on 27 October 2016 at Zentrum Moderner Orient.

Intimacy and Interest in Indian Political Thought

Intimacy and Interest in Indian Political Thought

Lecture by Dr. Faisal Devji (University of Oxford) on 10 November 2016 at 6pm. The event was organised by Dr. Salma Siddique, POINT Postdoctoral Fellow at BGSMCS.


"Notes on Christianity, Empire and Provincialising Secularism in the Study of Islam"

New article by Ruth Mas 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.


"Stigmatisierung in Deutschland: Der Rassismus tobt nicht nur am rechten Rand"

"Rassismus hat viele Gesichter. Er äußert sich nicht allein in kruden Parolen, die zur Rettung des Abendlandes aufrufen, in körperlichen Gewaltakten oder in verbalen Erniedrigungen. Rassismus ist auch strukturell, tief verankert und häufig subtil. Er ist damit keineswegs am rechten Rand der Gesellschaft lokalisierbar. Rassismus tobt mittendrin. Und er hat seine Ökonomien," argues Shirin Amir-Moazami in her recent article for Deutschlandradio Kultur.


"Acts and Practices of Citizenship: Muslim Women’s Activism in the UK"

New peer-reviewed article by Point Postdoctoral Fellow Aleksandra Lewicki in 'Ethnic and Racial Studies' journal.

Associated Projects


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.


Habitats and Habitus: Politics and Aesthetics of Religious World Making

The research project "Habitats and Habitus: Politics and Aesthetics of Religious World Making" is directed by Birgit Meyer (Prof. of Religious Studies, Utrecht University & Humboldt Award Holder of ZMO) and funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation through an Anneliese Maier Research Award 2011. The research project is a collaboration between the Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS) and the University Utrecht. BGSMCS doctoral fellows Hanna Nieber and Murtala Ibrahim are members of this research project.

Doctoral Students' Blog


"Repression and restriction: Egypt's civil society on the defensive"

"The civil society in Egypt is facing a disastrous suppression and realignment by the government. By returning to normal foreign policy operations this weakening condition for civil society could be even strengthened," argues Jannis Grimm.



BGSMCS abroad

On 20 November 2016, Oriana Gaetaniello will give a lecture on "Deconstructing al-Manar and the Legacy of Rashid Rida: Transnational Islamic Reformism and Authority in the Early 20th Century" during the 2016 Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.

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).