The 7th International Conference on Contemporary Philosophy of Religion

The 7th International Conference on Contemporary Philosophy of Religion
Tehran, Iran, ” Kharazmi University” at 29-30 January 2019


– Nature of Comparative Philosophy of Religion

– Possibility of Comparative Philosophy of Religion

– Methodology of Comparative Philosophy of Religion

– Presuppositions of Comparative Philosophy of Religion

– Type of Religion and its Influence on Issues of Philosophy of Religion

– Definition of Religion in Different Philosophies of Religion


– Concept of God/Ultimate Reality/the Holy

– Arguments of the Existence of God/Ultimate Reality/the Holy

– Religious Experience and Revelation

– the Afterlife (Immortality)

– The Problem of Evil

– Reason and Faith

– Relationship between God and Nature (Universe)

– Language of Religion (Religious Language)

Time: 29-30 January 2019

Venue: Kharazmi University, Moffateh Avenue, Tehran, Iran

Conference website:


Proposals of papers should consist of a title, a 300-350 word abstract, at least 3 keywords, and the author’s affiliation and email address.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1 December 2018

Deadline for Submission of Full Text of Speech (1500-2000 words): 31 December 2018


– Please submit proposals (in both MS Word and PDF formats) to

– After getting acceptance of the previously submitted proposal, one needs to register through the Registration tab on the left menu. In order to get information about conference’s Academic Board, Suggestions for Accommodation, Visa Application Procedure etc. please refer to the correspondent tabs on the left menu.

Please direct your inquiries to the following email address:

Deadline: 31 December 2018

Redemptive Suffering in Islam: A Study of the Devotional Aspects of ‘Ashura’ in Twelver Shi’ism

It is with the meaning of the suffering and martyrdom of Imam Hussein, grandson of the prophet and spiritual head of the Shiite community, that this study will be concerned. His martyrdom has been seen by Shiites as necessary to the fulfillment of his role as Imam; without it he could not have become the paradigm of selfless sacrifice, the measure of truth and falsehood, nor the intercessor on the Day of Judgment for his followers. The question to be investigated is in what way his martyrdom has been regarded as redemptive. The investigation will deal with representative classical and medieval devotional materials, beginning with the earliest available sources from the fourth century A.H., and ending with the writings of the ninth century A.H., just prior to the consolidation of Shi’i Islam as the state of religion of Iran under the Safavid.

Opportunity for Scholars (Fellowship) – School of Historical Studies Membership

Fellowship with the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study (2019 | Princeton, NJ). School of Historical Studies, Opportunities for Scholars 2019-2020. The Institute is an independent private institution founded in 1930 to create a community of scholars focused on intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other university obligations. Scholars from around the world come to the Institute to pursue their own research. Candidates of any nationality may apply for a single term or a full academic year. Scholars may apply for a stipend, but those with sabbatical funding, other grants, retirement funding or other means are also invited to apply for a non-stipendiary membership. Some short-term visitorships (for less than a full term, and without stipend) are also available on an ad-hoc basis. Open to all fields of historical research, the School of Historical Studies’ principal interests are Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, East Asian studies, art history, the history of science and philosophy, modern international relations and music studies.  Residence in Princeton during term time is required. The only other obligation of Members is to pursue their own research. The Ph.D. (or equivalent) and substantial publications are required. Inquiries sent by post should be addressed to the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Dr., Princeton, N.J. 08540 (E-mail address: Applications are due 14 Oct 2018 , details in:

Deadline: Oct 14, 2018

In Search of Ali ibn Abi Talib’s Codex: History and Traditions of the Earliest Copy of the Qur’an

The history of the text of the Qur’an has been a longstanding subject of interest within the field of Islamic Studies, but the debate has so far been focused on the Sunni traditions about the codices of Caliphs AbūBakrandʿUthmānb.ʿAffān. Little to no attention has been given to the traditions onʿAlī b. Abī Ṭālib’s collection of the Qur’an. This book examines both Shiʿi and Sunni traditions on the issue, aiming to date them back to the earliest possible date and, if possible, verify their authenticity. To achieve this, the traditions are examined using Harald Motzki’sisnād-cum-matn method, which is recognised as an efficient tool in dating the early Islamic traditions and involves analysis of both matn (text) and isnād(chain of trans-mission) with an emphasis on finding a correlation between the two. “Kara’s application of hadith criticism to Shi‘i sources is innovative as well as constructive. Respectful of others’ contributions, he nonetheless subverts conventional sceptical and starkly sectarianised approaches to  scriptural textual history.”


Method & Theory in the Study of Religion

Celebrating 30 years of Method & Theory in the Study of Religion
Editor’s Pick: second set of 5 free articles

For almost 30 years, Method & Theory in the Study of Religion has published articles, notes, book reviews and letters which explicitly address the problems of methodology and theory in the academic study of religion. To celebrate the publication of the 30th volume, 15 articles from the journal’s archives will be available as free downloads during 2018.
After sharing the first 5 articles in June and July, the second set of 5 articles is now freely accessible until September 30th. Have a look at the second selection here.

One more set of 5 articles will be unlocked after October.

Shiʿi Piety: Theory and Materiality from Premodern to Postmodern

This one-day workshop brings together graduate students and early career scholars working on topics related to Shiʿism in all periods and from any disciplinary perspective. The workshop is open to work on Zaydi, Twelver, Ismaili and other forms of Shiʿism. The aim is thereby to allow for the discussion both of micro-historical and ethnographic specificities as well as long durée patterns and developments.

The workshop will address the concept of piety in its material expression, its literary representation and its theoretical articulation.

Central topics include:

• Belief and its implications in philosophy, theology, and law
• Rites and rituals in spaces and texts
• Spatial, material, and literary manifestations of piety
• Networks
• Impiety
• The daily lives of pious beings

We particularly welcome scholars working on the intersection between the material expression of piety, and the intellectual or theoretical articulation of what it means to be Shiʿi. Contributions will be expected to be clear in how they define and understand piety, whether a theological conception or as lived tradition.

For consideration, please send a 300-word abstract to by July 15th.

The language of the workshop will be English. Travel subsidies will be available for participants.

About the Leiden University Shiʿi Studies Initiative

Islamic studies is a flourishing field, but the study of Shiʿi Islam in all its forms still remains underpopulated. The primary objective of LUSSI is to connect scholars and address lacunae in the field by promoting the study of Shiʿism in all its expressions and disciplinary approaches.

Deadline: July 15, 2018

Saeid Edalatnejad Curriculum Vitae

SaeidEdalatnejad-minDate of Birth: 1962

Place of Birth: Isfahan–Iran

Marital Status: married

Address: P.O .Box 14155-6195.  Tehran –Iran

Foreign Languages: Proficiency in Arabic (Classic and Modern) and English; amateur in German and Hebrew

 Academic Background:

– PhD in Islamic Studies at the Free University of Berlin, Institute of Islamic Studies (2004-2009).

– M. A. Philosophy, at the Institute of Wisdom and Philosophy, Tehran (1999-2002). The Institute is affiliated to the Ministry of Sciences, Researches and Technology.

– Graduated from Islamic theological seminary of Qum (equivalent PhD), (1982–1997).

– Diploma in Experimental Science (1980), Isfahan.

Main field of Interests: Islamic Studies, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Law and Dialogue between Religions.

Awards and honors

– Fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2003-2004).

– Fellowship at the Harvard Law School, Islamic Legal Studies Program (2014).

– Guest Professor at Freie Universität Berlin (The Faculty of History and Cultural Studies, Institute of Islamic Studies), summer semester, 2017. The courses for MA students: Intellectual History: Shiite Imāmi School, Theology and Exegesis.


– Academic member at the Encyclopaedia Islamica Foundation, Dept. of Jurisprudence and Law, Tehran (September 2004 until present).

– Academic member at the Azad University of Tehran, Science and Research Branch, Dept. of Islamic Theology and Philosophy (2005-2010).

– Director of Department of Religions at the International Center for Dialogue among Civilizations (2000-2003).

– Director of Islamic Studies Dept. at the International Cultural Organization (1997-2000).

– Editor-in–chief of the scholarly Journal of Hawza and University, Quarterly (1993–1997) published in Qum.


A. Books

Einsicht: Drei Reisen in die innerste Welt des schiitischen Islam, Fotografien von Hans Georg Berger und frühen iranischen Fotografen (in German and Persian), Berlin and Heidelberg: Kehrer, 2017. (I was co-editor).

– The Method of Writing Academic Essays (in Persian), Tehran: Nilufar, 1393/ September 2014, 2016, 2017.

Creation in the Qur’an: Hermeneutic Study of the Old and New Exegeses (in Persian), Tehran: Negah Muaser, 1392/2013.

PhD dissertation on The Shiite Tradition and Modernism: The Codification of the Rights of Religious Minorities in Iranian Law (1906-2004). The revised version (1906-2017) will be published in 2018 by Springer Press.

An Introduction, footnotes concerning comparative study on Christian and Islamic Mysticism in Translation of The Imitation of Christ, Thomas A. Kempis (Tehran: Tarh-e nuw, 2003, 2005, 2011, 2013, and 2016).

On ijtihād: The Essays on the Effectiveness of the Islamic Jurisprudence in Today’s World, ed. by Saeid. Edalatnejad (Tehran: Tarh-e naw, 2003, 2006, and 2009).

Evaluation on Idea’s Nasr Hāmid Abu Zayd (Egyptian scholar, d. 2010), ed. by Saeid. Edalatnejad (Tehran: Mashq-i Imrouz, 2001).

– Editorial of Lessons Presented by Professor Mustafa Malekiān (1992-1995) on the History of Philosophy in the West (from Thales to some Modern Analytical Philosophers), 4 volumes, (Qum: Hawza and University Press, 1996, 2001, 2005).

B. Articles in Journals and Books

  1. Ein Überblick über das lehr- und Erziehungssystem der schiitischen Geistlichkeit im Einsicht, 2017.
  2. A critic on the translation of Joseph Schacht’s Origins of Muhammadan Jurisprudence, in Persian, Jurisprudence and Law Quarterly Book Review, vol. 2, no.5, 2016, pp. 193-206.  
  3. Translation of “Exegetical Genre: Abrogating and Abrogated Verses”, David Powers, in Approaches to the History of the Interpretation of the Quran, ed. Andrew Rippin, Persian version, Tehran: Hekmat 1394/2015.
  4. “The Development of Human Rights in Muslim Societies” in Menschenrechte und inter-religiöse Bildung, (eds) by Manfred L. Pirner, Johannes Lahnemann, Heiner Bielefeldt, Berlin: Eb Verlag, 2015, pp. 105-116. See also in Human Rights and Religion in Educational Contexts, Switzerland, Springer 2016, pp. 115-127.
  5. A Critical Reading on Najam Haider, The Origins of The Shīʽa: Identity, Ritual, and Sacred Space in Eighth Century Kufa, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011, xvi+ 276, in Quarterly of Iran and Islam (in Persian), vol. 1, No. 1& 2 (1393/2014): 123-144.
  6. Translation of “Through the Lens of Modern Hermeneutics: Authorial Intention in al-Ṭabarī’s and al-Ghazālī’s Interpretations of Q. 24:35”, Ulrika Mårtensson, in Studies on Ṭabarī, Tehran: Khan-e Ketab, 1393/2014: 310-346.
  7. “Pictures, symbols and the media: An Islamic Perspective”, in Media Power and Religions, Eds. By Manfred L. Pirner and Johannes Lähnemann, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2013, pp. 97-107.
  8. “Theory of Innateness in Islamic Theology: Historical Approach”, Ethical Researches, vol. 1, no. 4 (2012): 67-84.
  9. “Why Encyclopedia?” Iranian Consortium, vol.1, no. 4 (2012): 10-16.
  10. “Salafian Takfiri or al-Jihadiyyun: Origin and Ideas”, Journal of History and Islamic Civilization, vol. 13, no. 9 (2011): 165-194.
  11. “Saadia Gaon: a Jewish Muʽtazili”, Iranian Journal on Philosophical Investigations, vol. 8, no. 13 (2011): 123-138.
  12. “The Islamic Point of View on the Problem of Evil”, Probing the Depths of Evil and Good. Multi religious Views and Case Studies. Gort, Jerald D. Henry Jansen and Hendrik M. Vroom (Eds.), Amsterdam & New York, Rodopi, 2007, pp. 305-319.
  13. Translation of “How to Become a Philosopher?” Bertrand Russell, Madrasah, vol. 2, no. 5 (2007): 10-17.
  14. Translation of “What We Do in Prayer?” by Vincent Brümmer, published in Faith and Modern World, Tehran, The International Center for Dialogue, 2005, pp. 111-34.
  15. “Religious Groups in Afghanistan”, in Persian, Pol-Firozeh, vol. 4, no. 14 (2005): 24-38.
  16. Translation of “Purposes and Rules of Dialogue” by Vincent Brummer, Pol-e Firuzeh 2, no. 8 (2003): 29-45.
  17. “The Closed Gate of Ijihād”, Kian, vol. 8, no. 49, Tehran (1999): 45-58.
  18. Translation of “Religious Pluralism” by John Hick, in A Companion to Philosophy of Religion, Edited by Philip L. Quinn and Charles Taliaferro (Cambridge: Black well, 1997), Pol-e Firozeh, vol. 2, no. 8 (2003): 81-93.
  19. “The New Ijtehād”, Review and Critique of Naqd al- Khitāb al-Dīnī, Nasr, Hamid, Abu Zaid, published, in the Evaluate on Idea’s Nasr Hamid, ed. by S. Edalatnejad (Tehran: Mashq-i  Imrouz, 2001): 57-93.
  20. “The Role of Religions in Minimizing the World’s Crises”, Studies in Inter religious Dialogue, Belgium: Peters, vol. 10/1 (2000): 117-123. Republished in Qazaya Islamiyya, Lebanon, vol. 14/3 (2001): 269-277.
  21. Translation of “Consequentialism”, D. McNaughton, in Rutledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Rutledge, in Organon, vol. 4, no.16 (2000): 121-131.
  22. Translation of “Is Morality Absolute or Relative?” Chapter 5 of Existentialism, For and Against, P. Roubiczek, Naqd and Nazar Quarterly, vol. 4, no. 14 (1998): 134-156.
  23. Translation of “The Language of Religion”, William Alston, in Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ed. by Paul Edwards, Hawza and University Quarterly, vol. 2, no. 8 (1996): 34-46.


C. Articles in Encyclopedias

C.1. Encyclopaedia of the World of Islam (EWI) in Persian

“War/Jang”, “Jihad”, “Dhimmī”, “Smoking/Dukhaniyāt”, “Daff”, “Hujjat in Jurisprudence”, “Tasnim”, ‘Taghābun”, “Takāthur”, “Hujjat al-Islam”, “The Rights of Religious Minorities in Iranian Law”, “The Rights of Muslim Minorities in non-Islamic Countries”, “Ḥaṣkafī, Muhammad b. Ali”, “Husayn b. Sa ̔īd Ahwāzī”, “Khazrajī, Ahmad b. Abd al-Rahmān”, Khaṣṣāf, Ahmad b. ‘Umar”, “Encyclopaedia of Islam published in Leiden/da’ira al-maʽārif Islām”, “Saḥnūn Abd- al-Salām b. Said”, “Salafiyya Jadīd/ new Salafiyya”, “Joseph Schacht (Shākht)”, “Intellectuality (Rawshanfikrī) in the Arab World”, “Orientalism (Sharq shināsī)”, and “Shaybānī, Muhammad b. Ḥassan”, “Sadr Shahid”, “Sadr al-Sharī‛a thānī”.


C.2. Articles in other Encyclopedias

– Translation of following legal entries from the Encyclopaedia of the Quran, Ed. By Jane Dammen McAuliffe (Leiden: Brill, 2001-2005); “marriage and divorce”, “inheritance”, “insanity”, “poll tax”, “pilgrimage”, “circumcision”, “menstruation”, “widow”, “economy”, “slavery”, “burial”, “lawful and unlawful”, “animal life”, “blood money”, “fasting”, “lactation”, “stoning”, “usury”, “witness”, “witnessing and testifying”, “adultery”, “abortion”, “illegitimacy”, “debt”, “fosterage”, “pledge”, “theft”, “wine”, “ritual purity”, “Safā and Marwa”, and about other thirty legal and theological entries.

– “Six abstracts on different Iranian Encyclopedias” in Encyclopedias about Muslim Civilizations (Muslim Civilizations Abstracts), ed. Aptin Khanbaghi, London, Aga Khan University, 2009.

– “Baghdādi Manjanīghī, Ya ̔qūb b. Ṣāber” for Philosophers of War, Washington: ABC- CLIO publisher, 2013.

– “Taxation”, in Encyclopedia of Muhammad in History, Washington: ABC- CLIO publisher, 2014.

– Translation of following entries from Dictionary of the History of Ideas, New York, 1975. “Ethics of Stoicism”, “Perennial philosophy”, “Islamic Conception of Intellectual life”, “Gnosticism”, “Freewill in Theology”, “Dualism in Philosophy and Religion”, “Determinism in Theology”, “Alienation in Christian Theology”, Published in Farhang Tarikh Andisheha, Tehran: Suaād, 2006.


– The Legal Status of Religious Minorities in the Shiite fiqh and Iranian Laws (in English and in Persian).



(Location: Berlin / Closing Date: May 15, 2018)

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien invites scholars to apply for five postdoctoral fellowships for the academic year 2018/19 for the research program


EUME seeks to rethink key concepts and premises that link and divide Europe and the Middle East. The program draws on the international expertise of scholars in and outside of Germany and is embedded in university and extra-university research institutions in Berlin. It supports historical-critical philology, rigorous engagement with the literatures of the Middle East and their histories, the social history of cities and the study of Middle Eastern political and philosophical thought as central fields of research not only for area or cultural studies, but also for European intellectual history and other academic disciplines. The program explores modernity as a historical space and conceptual frame.

The program puts forward three programmatic ideas:
1) supporting research that demonstrates the rich and complex historical legacies and entanglements between Europe and the Middle East; 2) re-examining genealogical notions of mythical ‘beginnings’, ‘origins’, and ‘purity’ in relation to culture and society; and 3) rethinking key concepts of a shared modernity in light of contemporary cultural, social, and political entanglements that supersede identity discourses as well as national, cultural or regional canons and epistemologies that were established in the nineteenth century.

EUME supports and builds upon the following interconnected research fields:

is directed by Ulrike Freitag and Nora Lafi, both of the Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin. It contributes to the debate on plurality, citizenship and civil society from the historical experience of conviviality and social, cultural, ethnic, and religious differences and conflict in the cities around the Mediterranean;

is directed by Gudrun Krämer, Institute of Islamic Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. It analyzes modern Middle Eastern thought in the framework of discourses on authenticity, modernity, secularity, and justice;

is directed by Angelika Neuwirth, Freie Universität Berlin. This research group situates the foundational text of Islam within the religious and literary landscape of late antiquity, early Islamic History and Arabic philology, and combines a historicization of its genesis with an analysis of its hermeneutics, its reception and perception in Europe and the Middle East;

is directed by Friederike Pannewick, Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg, and Samah Selim, Rutgers University. This research group reassesses literary entanglements, translations, and processes of canonization between the Middle East and other regions.

is a special forum, directed by Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, Ben-Gurion University, that attempts to rethink key concepts of modernity like secularity, tradition, or religion in the context of experiences, interpretations, and critiques from the Middle East.

EUME is interested in developing new fields of research that bridge the gap between social science approaches and cultural studies in questions relating to ongoing transformation processes in Europe and the Middlea East (in cooperation with Cilja Harders, Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin, Rachid Ouaissa, Political Science Department, Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg and Kader Konuk, Universität Duisburg-Essen).


The fellowships are intended primarily for scholars of art history, history, literature, philology, political philosophy, political science, religion and sociology who want to carry out their research projects in connection with the Berlin program. Applicants should be at the postdoctoral level and should have obtained their doctorate within the last seven years.

Fellows gain the opportunity to pursue research projects of their own choice within the overall framework of Europe in the Middle East – the Middle East in Europe. Successful applicants will be fellows of EUME at the Forum Transregionale Studien, and associate members of one of the university or non-university research institutes listed below.

As a rule, the fellowships start on 1 October 2018 and will end on 31 July 2019. Postdoctoral fellows will receive a monthly stipend of 2.500 € plus supplement depending on their personal situation. Organisational support regarding visa, insurances, housing, etc. will be provided. Fellows are obliged to work in Berlin and to help shape the seminars and working discussions related to their research field. Scholars are also invited to apply with their own funding. The working language of EUME is English.


An application should be made in explicit relation to one of the research fields and consist of
–  the attached application cover sheet
–  a curriculum vitae,
–  a project description (no longer than 5 pages), stating what the scholar will work on in Berlin if granted a fellowship

The application should be submitted by e-mail as three separate word documents or PDF files in English and should be received by May 15, 2018, sent to:

Europe in the Middle East – the Middle East in Europe (EUME)
c/o Forum Transregionale Studien
Attn: Georges Khalil
Wallotstrasse 14, 14193 Berlin
Fax +49 30 – 89 001 440


EUROPE IN THE MIDDLE EAST—THE MIDDLE EAST IN EUROPE (EUME) has been initiated in 2006 as a joint research program of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. It builds upon the previous work of the Working Group Modernity and Islam (1996-2006). Since 2011, EUME is continued at the Forum Transregionale Studien.

In scholarly terms, EUME is directed by a Collegium that currently consists of the following persons: Ulrike Freitag (Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin), Cilja Harders (Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin), Kader Konuk (Institut für Turkistik, Universität Duisburg-Essen), Gudrun Krämer (Institute of Islamic Studies, Freie Universität Berlin), Nora Lafi (Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin), Angelika Neuwirth (Freie Universität Berlin), Rachid Ouaissa (Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg), Friederike Pannewick (Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg), Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, (Ben-Gurion University, Beer Sheva), Samah Selim (Rutgers University), and Stefan Weber (Museum for Islamic Art, Berlin).

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien is a research organization that promotes the internationalization of research in the humanities and social sciences. The Forum provides scope for collaboration among researchers with different regional and disciplinary perspectives and appoints researchers from all over the world as Fellows. In cooperation with universities and research institutions in Berlin and outside, it carries out research projects that examine other regions of the world and their relationship to Germany and Europe systematically and with new questions. It currently supports four research programs and initiatives: ART HISTORIES AND AESTHETIC PRACTICES, Prisma Ukraïna: Research Network Eastern Europe, ZUKUNFTSPHILOLOGIE: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship, the Academy in Exile, and EUROPE IN THE MIDDLE EAST—THE MIDDLE EAST IN EUROPE (EUME).

For more information on the Forum Transregionale Studien, please visit:

For more information on EUME and its research fields, please visit:

For information on the research institutions in Berlin participating in EUME, please visit:

– Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, FU Berlin

– Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, FU Berlin

– Corpus Coranicum, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften

– Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient

– Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, FU Berlin

– Institute of Islamic Studies, FU Berlin

– Museum for Islamic Art

– Seminar for Semitic and Arabic Studies, FU Berlin

– Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg

– Institut für Turkistik, Universität Duisburg-Essen

Deadline: May 15, 2017

MA Intellectual Encounters of the Islamicate World

The aim of the MA Intellectual Encounters of the Islamicate World is to provide international graduate students with a thorough understanding of the deep and diverse links between the Muslim, Jewish and Christian intellectual contributions during the medieval period. The program is characterised by a strongly research-driven, interdisciplinary and interreligious approach with an emphasis on primary texts in original language (Arabic). Students will be trained and mentored by internationally renowned guest lecturers who are counted among the leading experts in their respective fields of research.
The primarily web-based MA program also includes three face-to-face sessions in Cordoba (prov.) and Berlin per academic year during which the students and teachers will actually come together for discussion, teaching and examination. Freie Universität Berlin offers this one-year, full-time MA program of 60 ECTS to an expected number of 20 students, many of whom are from the region of the Middle East. The language of instruction is English.

Applications are now open! The application period for the academic year 2018/19 is from 15 April until 31 May 2018.

Please also note that there will be two program presentation sessions on May 2nd and May 7th. Our team will briefly present the MA and will be available afterwards to answer any questions you might have.
More information here:

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