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 second session on "Law & Regulation" with lectures by Saud Serhan (King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies) and Werner Ende (Emeritus, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg) will be held on 26 January 2017 at Zentrum Moderner Orient.


"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.


Weisheiten aus der Kalifenzeit

This articles deals with the work of Beatrice Gründler, who recently received the prestigious Leibniz Prize by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).


"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.

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

Junger Mann mit Tablet

"Soziale Medien - Befreiungstechnologie oder Propagandainstrument?"

"Fake News, Politpöbelei, womöglich automatisiert: Plötzlich gelten soziale Medien als Gefahr für die liberale Demokratie. Im Arabischen Frühling klang das noch anders." Mareike Transfeld zeigt anhand verschiedener Fallbeispiele Risiken und Chancen sozialer Medien.



BGSMCS abroad

On 31 March 2017, Nadja Danilenko will give a lecture on "Getting the Picture: How al-Iṣṭakhrī’s Book of Routes and Realms Made It to the Nineteenth Century" during the international conference "Spatial Thought in Islamicate Societies, 1000–1600: The Politics of Genre, Image, and Text".

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).