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 next session on "Critical Perspectives on the Hajj" with lectures by Nile Green (University of California, Los Angeles) and Eileen Kane (Connecticut College) will be held on 29 June 2017 at Freie Universität Berlin.

Poster Konfiguration des Säkularen

Konfiguration des Säkularen

Lecture series of the Insitute of Islamic Studies at Freie Universität Berlin during summer semester 2017 with lectures by Prof. Gudrun Krämer, Prof. Schirin Amir-Moazami and Dr. Ruth Mas. The lecture series is organised by Prof. Schirin Amir-Moazami and will take place Thursdays at 6pm.


Beatrice Gründler receives Advanced Grant by the European Research Council

Beatrice Gründler, Principal Investigator at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, receives an Advanced Grant by the European Research Council (ERC). The most prestigious funding awarded for scientific projects in Europe honors her project for a critical, annotated digital edition of the “Kalila wa-Dimna,” a collection of fables, considered one of the earliest Arabic prose works and a central text of Arabic wisdom literature.


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.


"From Muslims to Turks. Consensual demographic engineering between Interwar Yugoslavia and Turkey"

New peer-reviewed article by our doctoral fellow Thomas Schad in the Journal of Genocide Research.

Doctoral Students' Blog


Jannis Grimm: "Convergent Authoritarianisms in Egypt and Turkey"

"After Turkey’s constitutional referendum, it is increasingly apparent that its government is exhibiting similar authoritarian tendencies to Egypt since 2013," argues Jannis Grimm.



BGSMCS abroad

On 6 April 2017, Jannis Grimm talked about "Contentious Coalition and Evolving Repertoires in Post-Coup Egypt"  during the "International Conference on Cross-movement Mobilization" at Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

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).