Call for Applications - Visiting Research Fellowship 2016

The Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies and Zentrum Moderner Orient are inviting applications as Visiting Researchers for the calendar year of 2016. We are interested in attracting outstanding researchers who are engaged in research projects that are relevant to the respective research profiles at ZMO and BGSMCS.


Workshop: "Provincializing the Social Sciences"

"The workshop aims not only to foster reflection about false claims to universality and tendencies to marginalize ‘other’ knowledges in the social sciences, but also to work towards a more political and theoretically reflective formulation of area studies." The workshop was organised by Prof. Dr. Shirin Amir-Moazami and Dr. Ruth Streicher. It will be held on 4 - 6 June 2015 at Freie Universität Berlin, Henry Ford Building.


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


Murtala Ibrahim: "Religion and the Nigerian Election"

Nigerians are very religious people. In fact, a BBC survey conducted in around 2003 found Nigeria to be the second most religious country in the world after India. Religion has crept into the public sphere and dominated political discourse since the 1970s. Intense competition between Muslims and Christians in the political arena has complicated the role of religion in the public domain, and this competition sometimes degenerates into deadly conflict and bloodshed. Politicians in the country exploit the religious sentiment of the people in order to score political points off their opponents or wear religious garb while secretly looting the public treasury. In the recently concluded elections [...]