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Aspects of a globalised religion

This is a collection of conversations with scholars, critics and Islamic intellectuals. The topics are as varied as the times in which they were recorded. Some analyses have documentary or historical value, others are still relevant today.


1. Uwe Halbach - Islam in Russia

Uwe Halbach is a researcher at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin. Halbach is one of the few German experts on questions of Islam and Russia. There, Islam is the second largest religious community. Political Islam plays a decisive political role in Central Asia, especially in the Caucasus.

2. Reinhard Schulze - Globalised Koran

Reinhard Schulze is Professor Emeritus of Islamic Studies at the University of Bern/Switzerland. He researched the Islamic Enlightenment in the 18th and 19th centuries and paved the way for a modern study of Islamic culture, history and religion guided more by scientific than colonial interests.

3. Gudrun Krämer - Koran as Reference

Gudrun Krämer is Professor Emeritus of Islamic Studies at the Free University of Berlin. Her research focuses on Islamism and Islamic political theory. She has published numerous articles on Islamic anti-Semitism.

4. Christoph Luxenberg - Koran as Quarry

Christoph Luxenberg is a pseuydonym of an Old Semitist and linguist. For more than 20 years he has been investigating the Koranic language on a comparative philological basis, primarily with the help of Aramaic. His book "Die Syro-Aramäische Sprache des Koran" (The Syro-Aramaic Language of the Qur'an) was received worldwide and led to a reorientation of Qur'anic research, in addition to sometimes violent reactions.

5. Angelika Neuwirth - Koran als Text

Angelika Neuwirth is Professor Emeritus of Arabic Studies at the Free University of Berlin. Her work focuses on late antique comparative cultural discourse analysis and the study of the Qur'an as a collection of late antique texts.

Dominance culture, feminism and Islam


Emancipatory feminism has gone on the defensive. There may be many reasons for this. One is the resurgence of national-conservative and neo-Nazi images of women, as represented in the AFD. But also widely publicised legalistic images of women, which find their fulfilment in quotas of DAX boards and same-sex marriage, have obscured the view of an emancipatory feminism. After all, it is mainly white, western and well-educated women who are redeemed by the socio-political promise of equal rights. But it has also taken its own wrong turns. Above all, there is the perpetuation of colonial superiority in public debates, hiding behind positions of an alleged "enlightenment". In this way, leading feminists fulfilled the hegemonic claim of western capitalist cultures in society as a whole. This applies both to Western societies and to other non-Western cultures. This becomes particularly clear in the debates about Islam and the headscarf. Using Iran and Egypt as examples, feminists explain the particular framework conditions in which religious role attributions serve the staging of political power. In our discussions here, women's rights activists will have their say who self-critically counter reactionary and conservative feminism with emancipatory analyses and strategies. It goes without saying that these refer to an emancipatory vision of society as a whole.

1. Birgit Rommelspacher - Cultures of Dominance

Birgit Rommelspacher (†2015) was a psychologist and educator. She worked at the Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin.  Her work focused on women's studies and right-wing extremism. In this talk, she explains her concept of "dominance cultures" based on the perception of women in Islam by Western feminism. (see also the book "Dominanzkultur reloaded").

2. Nevim Cil - Cultures of Exclusion

Nevim Çil is a political scientist and ethnologist.  She has worked in projects on "Kinship Cultures", "Representations of Social Order in Transition" and at the "Diversity Office" of the Hamburg Justice Department.
Since 2012, she has been an advisor in the working staff of the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration, Federal Chancellery..

3. Shirin Ebadi - Legitimacy Culture

Shirin Ebadi is an Iranian lawyer and probably Iran's best-known women's rights activist.  She was the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003. She outlines the history and perspectives of the Iranian women's movement.

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