"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.


"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.

Sidewalk Stories

Sidewalk Stories

Exhibition, film screening and panel discussion on gender dynamics and sexual harassment in the public space in Egypt from 22 to 23 June 2016 at the Werkstatt der Kulturen Berlin, in cooperation with Mayadin al-Tahrir and the project 'Sidewalk Stories', organised by our doctoral researcher Jannis Grimm.

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


"Signs of Solidarity"

Postdoctoral fellow Salma Siddique comments on the recent events in Egypt, India and Turkey.



BGSMCS abroad

On 20 November, 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 2015 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).