Post Graduate Program Islamic Theology

Initial Aims and Objectives

In Germany, five percent of the population is now Muslim. The broad consensus among politicians and society as a whole is that Muslims should be appropriately represented in the German school and university system. Since 2010, the federal government has supported the establishment of centers of Islamic Studies at a number of universities in Germany.

Stiftung Mercator has joined forces with seven universities to set up a Post Graduate Program. From 2011 to 2016, the foundation will make available 3.6 million euros to train junior academics in Germany in the field of Islamic theology. In the medium term, the Post Graduate Program will foster an appropriate representation of Muslim opinion in German academia, schools and public life. It will also lay the foundations for training German state schoolteachers in Islamic religious studies and educating Imams at German universities.

Organizational Structure of the Post Graduate Program

The Post Graduate Program’s research locations are at the universities of Münster, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Osnabrück, Paderborn, and Tübingen. 16 PhD students research at one of these locations and follow the Post Graduate Program curriculum, which integrates renowned international academics. Postgraduate students are drawn from all over Germany and the study program incorporates regular seminars and conferences held at each of the partner universities. Students can normally expect to complete their research within a three-year period and thesis topics will cover one of the Post Graduate Program’s core subjects: Koran and hadith studies, Islamic law, systematic theology (kalam), Islamic philosophy, ethics and mysticism, the history and contemporary culture of Islam and Islamic religious education and specialized didactics. The Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster coordinates the Post Graduate Program.