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Islamic Studies at the University of Zurich, with its two complementary chairs, conducts research into, and offers teaching about the cultures and societies of the Muslim world from its beginnings to the present day. With a foundation in philological and historical research, a broad repertoire of relevant disciplinary approaches is covered, depending on topic and fields of study—from normative and literary traditions to current conflicts and transformation processes. One chair (Islamic Studies, Prof. Rebecca Sauer) covers cultural history und the history of ideas (from the 10th to the 20th century) in Arabic and Persian, Research and teaching at the other chair (Gender Studies and Islamic Studies, Prof. Bettina Dennerlein) primarily covers modern and contemporary topics in the fields of intellectual history and reform movements, focusing on material in Arabic and Turkish.
Zurich Islamic Studies offers a broad range of topics at the BA level, comprising:
The advanced, research-based courses of study (MA, PhD) offer the possibility to pursue an in-depth examination of more focused topics from past and present, covering the fields of knowledge traditions, philosophy, cultural transformations, and Islam and society.
Chair for Islamic Studies Prof. Dr. Rebecca Sauer
Chair for Gender Studies and Islamic Studies Prof. Dr. Bettina Dennerlein