Department of Islamic Studies

Welcome to Islamic Studies!

Research and teaching in Islamic Studies in Zurich is concerned with the cultures and societies of the Islamic world from their beginnings up to the present. Based on philological and historical research, Islamic Studies draws on a broad repertoire of other relevant disciplinary approaches and theories depending on the particular themes and fields of study, ranging from normative and literary traditions to contemporary politics. One Chair (Islamic Studies, Prof. U. Rudolph), working above all with source-texts in Arabic and Persian, focuses on pre-modern periods, especially in the fields of philosophy, theology and history of science. Research and teaching at the other Chair (Gender Studies and Islamic Studies, Prof. B. Dennerlein) covers themes in the modern and contemporary cultural, social, and political history of the Middle East/North Africa (MENA).

Islamic Studies in Zurich offers a wide ranging Bachelor’s degree, comprising:

An in-depth introduction to various aspects of the history, culture, religion and society of the Muslim world, with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa; the provision of a solid philological knowledge of Arabic (Classical and Modern Standard) and New Persian, as well as a foundational knowledge of Turkish; exposure to selected key texts in original languages; as well as an engagement with essential problems and questions concerning the region.

The further, research-oriented degree programs (MA, Doctorate) offer a deeper engagement with themes concerning past and present, oriented towards the research focus of the two Chairs.

Chair for Islamic Studies Prof. Dr. Ulrich Rudolph

Chair for Gender Studies and Islamic Studies Prof. Dr. Bettina Dennerlein