Since 2007 the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies has been funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments and by Freie Universität Berlin. Participating institutions are Freie Universität Berlin (Speaker university), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Institute of Asian and African Studies), and, as the only non-university institution, the Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin.
Berlin, with its wide-ranging variety of academic and cultural institutions, provides a unique environment for the Graduate School. Doctoral candidates will benefit from this wealth of resources. Berlin boasts of excellent libraries and manuscript collections, especially the Staatsbibliothek, as well as two museums that house important collections relevant to the area of study. With its Foreign Office, embassies, political foundations, and major think tanks - notably German Institute for International and Security Affairs - Berlin is at the centre of German decision making vis-à-vis the Muslim world.
The Graduate School can also build upon a well-established and successful history of collaboration among many of the Principal Investigators, who are mainly affiliated to Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and Zentrum Moderner Orient. They offer doctoral candidates opportunities to meet fellow researchers and to find additional research contexts related to their projects. Contacts students make and activities in which they engage will allow them to acquire the expert knowledge essential for academia, politics, journalism, and social involvement alike.
Partners in Berlin
- Ethnologisches Museum Arnimallee 27, 14195 Berlin
- Forum Transregionale Studien Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe (EUME) Wallotstraße 14, 14193 Berlin
- Max Planck Institut für Bildungsforschung Lentzealle 94, 14195 Berlin
- Museum für Islamische Kunst Bodestraße 1-3, 10178 Berlin
- Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) Ludwigkirchplatz 3-4, 10719 Berlin
- Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Berlin (ZFL) Schützenstr. 18, 10117 Berlin
Other Partners in Germany
- Bayreuth International Graduate School for African Studies, University of Bayreuth, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 3, D-95445 Bayreuth
- Europa - Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) Vergleichende Sozialwissenschaften, Große Scharrnstraße 59, 15230 Frankfurt (Oder)
- Qantara.de An Internet Portal by Deutsche Welle (DW), Kurt-Schumacher-Straße 3, 53113 Bonn
- Universität Erfurt, Institut für Religionswissenschaft, Nordhäuser Straße 63, 99089 Erfurt