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Doctoral Fellows

Year 2020

Izza Abu Haija

(Einstein Doctoral Fellow)

Multilingual Authors: Women Writers in Palestinian Literary History in Israel (1948-)


Deborshi Chakraborty

(Gerda Henkel Doctoral Fellow)

The Quest for National Identity of the Bengali Muslims: The Making of Bengali Nationalism in the Late Colonial Period (1900-1947)


Soufiane Chinig

(DAAD Doctoral Fellow)

Writing on Kingdom Walls: Narratives and acculturation in the MENA region – A comparison between Jordan and Morocco


Farid El-Ghawaby

(Gerda Henkel Doctoral Fellow)

Tracing the Paths of Islamic Manuscripts – Towards a Reconstruction of Translocated Material of the Qubbat al-Ḫazna


Constanze Fertig

(Einstein Doctoral Fellow)

Muṣallā sites and praying practices among Jordanian Bedouin (1950–today)


Aslı Gücin

Protecting the Sacred Nature of Dersim: Environmental Activism at the Margins


Aseela Haque

Can the subaltern rest? Leisure under Flyovers in Karachi


Anna-Kathrin Oswald

(Einstein Doctoral Fellow)

Visual Politics of Contemporary Far Right Parties. Explorations of Entanglements Between Germany's AfD and India's BJP


Muhammedali Puthoor

(DAAD Doctoral Fellow)

One party for various Muslims: AIMIM and its Muslim constituents in Hyderabad

Muhammedali Puthoor

Robin Schmahl

(Doctoral Fellow)

A Tale of Two Narratives: Deliberative Systems in Egypt during the French Military Campaign of 1798-1801 and the Inception of the Modern Middle East


Year 2019

Dilshat Amrayev

Reaction of local Egyptian population to the rule of Turkish Mamluk Sultanate. A foreign military aristocracy or defenders of Islam?


Santram Antil

Wrestling and Body Politics: Negotiations of Religious Identity among Wrestlers in North India

Santram Antil

Elif Conker

(Gerda Henkel Doctoral Fellow)

The Transformation of the Ottoman Perception of the Wahhabi Movement: From Negotiation to Confrontation (1745-1818)


Zeynep Ertuğrul

(Gerda Henkel Doctoral Fellow)

Preaching the Republic: The Spokespeople of the Single-Party Regime in Turkey

Peyman Eshaghi

(Gerda Henkel Doctoral Fellow)

Piety, Power and Trans-imperial Relations: History and Politics of Iranian Hajj (1796 - 1925)


Binyamin Lawal

Expansion of the Sacred into the Public Space: Spatial Contestation between Muslims and Christians in Jos, Plateau State Nigeria


Tang Man

The Lifeworlds of Salar Muslims in Qinghai Considered in the Context of Chinas Belt and Road Infrastructural Project: An Existential-Anthropological Study


Udi Raz

Negotiating Semites: Muslims and Jews redefine Otherness


Year 2018

Asmaa Essakouti

Untranslatability and the ineffability of voice in Arabic literature

Asmaa Essakouti

Ingrid Evans

The Literary World of Ibn Nubāta al-Miṣrī (d. 768/1366)

Ingrid Evans

Vincent Favier

Preachers & Teachers: (filming) ideological performance, orders and disorders among/between Salafi, pentecostal students and teachers on the university campuses of Niamey, Niger, and Ibadan, Nigeria.


Philip Geisler

(Gerda Henkel Doctoral Fellow)

Art, Islam, and the Politics of Museum Display in the Early Twenty-First Century


Yasmin Ismail

Where is my Ummah? Understanding the influence of transnational networks on inter-Muslim relations in Southern Africa


Wikke Jansen

Negotiating the Relationship between Gender, Sexuality and Religion in Indonesia

Wikke Jansen

Rustam Samadov

Life, work and religious networks of Tajik labour migrants: How emigration changes traditional solidarity structures in Tajikistan


Silvia Wolf

Performing Global Dakwah in Indonesia

Silvia Wolf

Salwa Yahya

(Gerda Henkel Doctoral Fellow)

Caste-based Muslim claims on the Indian state: a study of the Pasmanda Muslim Mahaz


Özgür Ögütcü

(Gerda Henkel Doctoral Fellow)

From Empire to Nation State. A Comparative Analysis of the Emergence of Airspace in the 1920s-1950s Middle East

Özgür Ögütcü

Hale Şaşmaz

(Gerda Henkel Doctoral Fellow)

Gender Politics in Regime Transition: Woman Intellectuals in the Early Republican Era (1918-1945)


Year 2017

Iskandar Ahmad Abdalla

Rendering Islam Liberal: Secularism, Sexuality and the Politics of Muslim Self-appropriation in Germany

Iskandar BGSMCS

Nayera Abdelrahman Soliman

Between Home and Nation. Forced Displacement and National Identity in post-1952 Egypt


Müge Akpinar

"In Quest of Lost Remedy": Body, Health and Identity in an Islamic Medicine Inspired Healing Movement in Turkey


Sulaiman Adewale Alagunfon

Intersecting Possible Effects: Cultural Trajectories in the Maqamat of Yoruba Scholars

Sulaiman alagunfon

Yousry Elseadawy

The scribes of Arabic manuscripts. A historical and codicological study


Alireza Hodaei

From Tbilisi to Tabriz; Muslim Intellectuals in South Caucasus and Making the Constitutional Revolution in Iran 1906-1911


Clemens Holzgruber

Jihadi-Salafism Contested. Analysing Jihadi-Salafi Debates on Belief, Jihad, and Islamic Governance


Sumrin Kalia

Muslim Identity and Civic Engagement; Exploring Pakistan’s Urban Youth Attitudes


Benedikt Reier

Archive Fever in Egypt and Syria: The Social Logic and Use of Biographical Dictionaries in the Mamluk Period (1250-1517 CE)


Dimetri Whitfield (2017-2019)

Truth in Masculinity & Muslimness: Young Men of the Ahmadiyya Jama'at in the Gambia


Year 2016

Heba Amin

Reconfigured Territories in the MENA Region: Visualized Landscapes in the Era of Digitization and Migration


Lucía Cirianni Salazar

Coping with Closure. Pasts and Fates of the Turkish Tekkes

Lucía Cirianni Salazar

Saidolimkhon Gaziev

The politics of gender in a colonial Islamic society: governing 'womanhood' in late 19th- and early 20th-century Russian Central Asia


Laura Hindelang (Alumna BGSMCS)

Iridescent Kuwait. Investigating the Image World of Petro-Modernity


Jovo Miladinović

Mobilization of Manpower at the End and during the Change of Empires in the Multi-Confessional Borderland "Sandjak" (1900s-1920s)


Soheb Ur-Rahman Niazi

Social Stratification at a Muslim Qasbah: The Case of Amroha in Colonial India


Bilal Sabbagh (2016 - 2017)

The Popularisation of Sufism in Zangid, Ayyubid, and early Mamluk Syria


Ali Sakr

Theory of Poetry as a Part of a Philosophical System: Avicenna’s Commentary on the Poetics of Aristotle in His Summa The Cure (Aš-Šifāʾ)


Besnik Sinani (Alumnus BGSMCS)

The Ba Alawi Sufi Order in Saudi-Arabia: State, Orthodoxy, and Deviance in Contemporary Islam


Viktor Ullmann

Interrelations between the Iranian Motion Picture Industry and International Film Festivals


André Weißenfels

Products of Work: Hybrid Subjectivities of Employees in Tunisia


Merima Šehagić (2016 - 2019)

Processes of Racialization and the Everyday. An Ethnographic account of Bosnian Muslims in Berlin


Year 2015

Zubair Ahmad

The History of the Present: A Postcolonial Genealogy of Germany's Politics of Islam


Muhammed Niyas Ashraf

Entanglements of Print Culture and Trajectories of Community Formation: Mappila Muslims of Kerala, 1867 - 1956

Mohammed Swalih Errata Parambil

Everyday Ethics: Life of Two Key Texts in the Everyday Life of Islam Among Mappilas in Contemporary Kerala, South India


Jannis Julien Grimm (Alumnus BGSMCS)

Contesting Legitimacy: Protest and the Politics of Signification in Post-Revolutionary Egypt


Miriam Kurz

Mosque Space(s) in Berlin: Configurations of Gender in Social Practice and the Constitution of Islamic Spaces. An Ethnographic Study


Christian Kübler (2015 - 2017)

Jamāl al-Dīn al-Qāsimī (1866-1914): Life, Network and Legacy of a Damascene Salafī


Jonas Müller-Laackman (Alumnus BGSMCS)

Qaṣāʾid al-Muʿtaqilīn - An Arabic branch of concentration camp literature


Dunja Rašić (Alumna BGSMCS)

The Banisher of Madness - An Interpretation of Language as the Vessel of All Truths Sacred and Profane in the Teachings of Ibn al-Sarrāj of Baghdad


Mareike Transfeld

Working Title: The New Yemen(s): (Re-)Imagining National Identity, Geography and State on Facebook (2011-2016)


Year 2014

Sara Abbas

Delivering salvation: The women of the Islamist Movement and the discourses and practices of Sudan’s Civilization(al) Project


Philip Bockholt (Alumnus BGSMCS)

Writing History in Safavid Times. Khvandamir's (d. 1535-6) General History Habib al-Siyar and its Reception in the Pre-Modern Period


Nadja Danilenko (Alumna BGSMCS)

Picturing the Islamicate World in the Tenth Century. The Story of al-Iṣṭaḫrī’s "Book of Routes and Realms”


Nicholas Gjorvad (Alumnus BGSMCS)

The 'Black Hole' of the Brotherhood: The Evolution of a Youth Group to a Political Party


Veronika Hager

“Thinking about the Ottoman Empire in the Early Republic of Turkey”


Zacky Khairul Umam

Master of Two Oceans: Mulla Ibrahim al-Kurani (d. 1690) and the Medinan School for Religious Reformism

Zacky Khairul Umam

Oriana Kochbeck (Alumna BGSMCS)

Between Isolation and Global Reception: The Figure of Muhammad Rashid Rida in the Context of the Islamic Reform Scene


Rahina Muazu (Alumna BGSMCS)

The Recited Qur’an and Vocal Nudity: Contestations over the Female Voice in the Nigerian Public Space


Masouda Stelzer

The Politics of Democracy Promotion in Egypt


Adela Taleb

Transcending national boundaries. The role of the EU and pan-European Muslim organisations in the discursive field of "European Islam".


Syaifudin Zuhri (Alumnus BGSMCS)

Shrines Making and Contesting the Sacred: Muslim Pilgrimage in Contemporary Bali-Indonesia.


Year 2013

Mustafa Abulhimal (2013 - 2015)

The Home-grown Secular: Religion, Education and Language in the Writings of Abdullah al-Nadim (1843-1896)

Ezgi Canpolat (2013 - 2015)

Development Assistance, Faith-based NGOs in the Context of Turkey’s Africa Opening

Dina El-Sharnouby (Alumna BGSMCS)

What Happened to the Revolutionary Youth after the January 25th Revolution? – A Comparative Study on Egyptian Youth Groups


Markus Fiebig

Mosque education in inner northwestern China between tradition and modernity

Josephine Gehlhar (2013-2020)

The Ottoman Commentary Tradition to al-Ghazālī’s Tahāfut al-falāsifa


Nora Marianne Haakh

Strategies for Changing Stages. Contemporary Arabic Theatre and Cultural Brokering in Germany

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Saima Haq (2013 - 2016)

Cinema,Cultures and Marker of Muslim Identity

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Liese Hoffmann

Meanings of School in Post-Colonial Coastal Kenya


Anton Nikolotov (Alumnus BGSMCS)

Geographies of afterlife: the futurist imaginations in the lives of Muslim market workers in Moscow.


Thomas Schad (Alumnus BGSMCS)

From Fellow Muslims into Fellow Nationals? Migrants from Yugoslavia to Turkey between demographic engineering and trans-national figurations in İstanbul and İzmir (1945 – 1990)


Eva Christine Schmidt (Alumna BGSMCS)

Gender Politics in Transition. The Role of Feminist Actors in the Tunisian Transition


Neda Soltani (2013-2020)

Memory, Displacement and National Identity: A Gendered Analysis of Iranian Diaspora in Germany


Nicola Verderame (Alumnus BGSMCS)

On the Crossroads of Modernisation and Heritage: Fountain-Building in the Late Ottoman Empire


Theresia Dyah Wirastri (Alumna BGSMCS)

Coping with Polygamy in Indonesia: Women’s Strategies to Seek Social Security in Unregistered Islamic Polygamous Marriages


Year 2012

Kamaluddin Ahmed (2012 - 2015)

Abu Ja'far Ahmad ibn Muhammad al-Tahawi (239/853 - 321/933) and the Formation of the Hanafi School of Law in the 9th - 10th Centuries C.E.

Ersin Cagin (2012 - 2019)

“Islamic Activism” in Transition: The Dialogue Discourse and the Contested Identity of the Gülen Movement.


Sarah Holz (Alumna BGSMCS)

Organised Religion in Pakistan: Dynamics and Change in Religious Institutions of the State.


Murtala Ibrahim (Alumnus BGSMCS)

Sensation, Sight and Sound of Nigerian Religious Movements: A Comparative Study of Christ Embassy and Nasrul lahi- Fathi Society (NASFAT).

Nursem Keskin Aksay (Alumna BGSMCS)

Religion, Class, Gender: The Emergence of "Islamic Bourgeoisie" and Middle Class Muslim Women.


Max Kramer (Alumnus BGSMCS)

Memory, Loss and Resistance: Kashmir in the independent digital documentary film.


Kristina Mashimi

Beyond Classrooms: Ethics and Education at Gülen-inspired Schools in Urban Tanzania


Juliane Müller (Alumna BGSMCS)

Food and Drink in Traditional Arabo-Islamic Medicine. The Dietetics of Naǧīb ad-Dīn as-Samarqandī.


Hanna Nieber (Alumna BGSMCS)

Scripture Practices on Zanzibar: Comparing Muslim and Christian Contexts.

Miriam Ovadia (Alumna BGSMCS)

Late Hanbali Polemic Theology by Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah: al-Sawa'iq al-Mursalah.


Claudia Seise (Alumna BGSMCS)

Religioscapes in Muslim Indonesia: Personalities, Institutions and Practices


Year 2011

Olly Akkerman (Alumna BGSMCS)

From Sacred to Secret. Bohra Textual Practice and the Language of Secrecy


Antonia Bosanquet (Alumna BGSMCS)

Ibn al-Qayyim's „Ahkam Ahl al-Dhimma“ – Regulations pertaining to the Protected People


Rosa Cordillera Castillo (Alumna BGSMCS)

Dissertation: Being and Becoming: Imagination, Memory, and Violence in the Southern Philippines


Julia Clauß (2011-2017)

A Study in Scandals. Cultural Change in 21st-Century Saudi Arabia

Nora Derbal (Alumna BGSMCS)

Charity for the Poor in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 1961-2015.


Jasmin Mahazi (Alumna BGSMCS)

An Anthropolgy of the verbal text and context of Vave - a Bajuni Farmer's Ritual on the Swahili Coast.

Katharina Mühlbeyer (2011 - 2015)

Contemporary Islamic Advice Literature from Saudi Arabia

Barbara Ogbone

The impact of as-safar lil-ʿilm – translocal migration in search of religious education among Togolese Muslims

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Jasmijn Rana (Alumna BGSMCS)

Young Muslim Women in Combat Sports: Tensions and Connections.


Nilden Vardar (2011 - 2014)

Konvertiten zum Islam - Neue politische Akteure in Deutschland? Der Einfluss eines neuen Religionsverständnisses auf die Selbstwahrnehmung als deutsch-muslimischer Staatsbürger.

Year 2010

Saud al-Zaid (Alumnus BGSMCS)

Modernity's Other: An Intellectual Anthropology of Radical Islamic Thought.

Gregory Thomas Carlock (Alumnus BGSMCS)

"A Total Poetic Conception of the World": Poetry and Modernity in Adünıs' Criticism

Chorshanbe Goibnazarov (Alumnus BGSMCS)

Qașā’id-khānī a musical expression of social, cultural and religious identity in Badakhshan


Kerstin Hünefeld (Alumna BGSMCS)

Islamic Governance in Yemen: Imām Yaḥyā 's Protection of the Jews and the Negotiation of Power


Omar Kasmani (Alumnus BGSMCS)

Gender off course: subjectivities amongst fakir bodies of Sehwan sharīf


Razak Khan (Alumnus BGSMCS)

Minority Pasts: The Other Histories of a “Muslim Locality”, Rampur 1889-1949


Alina Kokoschka (Alumna BGSMCS)

Commodity World Islam - Consumption Culture and Commodity Aesthetics in Contemporary Syria

Jakob Krais (Alumnus BGSMCS)

Libysche Geschichtsschreibung zur italienischen Kolonialzeit.

Stefan Maneval (Alumnus BGSMCS)

The Architecture of Everyday Life in Twentieth Century Jiddah


Benedikt Pontzen (Alumnus BGSMCS)

Zongo – Muslim Communities among the Asante (Ghana)

Bene P_skaliert

Mahabat Sadyrbek (Alumna BGSMCS)

Ethnography of Law and Justice in contemporary Kyrgyzstan. The phenomenon of kun.

Anne Schönfeld

Islam-specific knowledge production between science, politics and the public: The training of imams in Germany.


Year 2009

Dauda Abubakar (Alumnus BGSMCS)

The Practice of Zakat in Shari'ah and non-Shari'ah states of northern Nigeria

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Sarah Albrecht (Alumna BGSMCS)

Dār al-Islām Revisited. Territoriality in Contemporary Islamic Legal Discourse on Muslims in the West

Zeynep Aydogan (Alumna BGSMCS)

Mapping the Early Ottoman World: Representations of Cultural Geography in the Late Medieval Anatolian Frontier Narratives

Janine Budich (Alumna BGSMCS)

Voluntary Work in Syria in the Field of Environment Protection

Till Grallert (Alumnus BGSMCS)

To Whom Belong the Streets? Property, Propriety, and Appropriation: The Production of Public Space in Late Ottoman Damascus, 1875-1914

Till Grallert

Sabine Hanisch (2009-2015)

Spaces and Dynamics of Female Practice: Exchange and Marriage in the Sahel, Tunisia

Syafiq Hasyim (Alumnus BGSMCS)

The Islamisation of Indonesia's State-Law

Ebtisam Hussein (Alumna BGSMCS)

Contemporary Islamic Political Discourse: Writing Under Contested Autocratic Regime

Ebtisam Hussein

Eva Marie Kogel

Zwischen Gotteslob und religiöser Debatte: Eine formenkritische Untersuchung hymnischer Passagen im Koran

Sara Ellinor Morack (Alumna BGSMCS)

Migrants, Locals and the State in Izmir and its Hinterland

Sara Ellinor Morack

Rune Reyhé (Alumnus BGSMCS)

Marriage and Social Interaction in a Semi-rural Uyghur Community of Kashgar


Saskia Schäfer (Alumna BGSMCS)

The debate on religious freedom in contemporary Indonesia and Malaysia


Usman Shah (2009 - 2012)

Contested Governance: State Building and Social Transformation in Pakistan:

Ruth Streicher (Alumna BGSMCS)

Constructing Masculinities: A Gendered Ethnography of the Conflict in Southern Thailand

Ruth Streicher

Year 2008

Mareike Beez (Alumna BGSMCS)

Der zwölferschiitische Martyriumsdiskurs im Iran des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts

Johara Berriane (Alumna BGSMCS)

The zâwiya of Sidi Ahmad al-Tijani in Fez and its transnational influence


Feray Coşkun (Alumna BGSMCS)

Sanctifying Ottoman Istanbul: The Shrine of Abū Ayyūb al-Anṣārī


Sarah Hartmann

The Informal Education Sector in Egypt: Between State, Market, and Civil Society.

Frauke-Katrin Kandale (Alumna BGSMCS)

Becoming Muslim: Chinese Muslim converts in Malaysia


Nils Riecken (Alumnus BGSMCS)

Abdallah Laroui and the Location of History. An Intellectual Biography

Michael Saurer (Alumnus BGSMCS)

Initiation, Segregation and Negotiation as Key Factors in Coversion Processes between Christians and Muslims in Southwest-Uganda.

Linus Strothmann (Alumnus BGSMCS)

Managing Piety at the Shrine of Data Ganj Bukhsh in Lahore, Pakistan

Linus Strothmann

Jan Thiele (Alumnus BGSMCS)

Reaping the Fruits of Crosspollinations. The Adoption and Elaboration of Bahshamī Thought by the Zaydī al-Hasan al-Rassās.

Jan Thiele

Torsten Wollina (Alumnus BGSMCS)

Zwanzig Jahre Alltag. Lebens-, Welt- und Selbstbild im Journal des Aḥmad Ibn Ṭawq