Helena Rust

Helena Rust, M.A.

Teaching and Research Assistant Islamic Studies

Phone: +41 44 634 07 26

Room number: RAA H-17


  • Office hours for student advisory by arrangement

Short CV

  • 02/2016 – present Teaching and Research assistant and PhD–student at the Chair for Islamic Studies and Gender Studies (Prof. Dr. Bettina Dennerlein), Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich
  • M.A. in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (major) and Science of Religion (minor) at the University of Bern with a Thesis entitled “Rasse, Nation und die Konstruktion der iranischen Antike. Zur Funktion der Begriffe nežād (Rasse) und āryānhā (Arier) in Ḥasan Pīrniyās (1872-1935) Īrān-e Bāstānī“ [Race, Nation and the Concstruction of an Iranian Antiquity. On the Function of the Concepts of nežād (race) and āryānhā (Aryans) in Ḥasan Pīrniyās (1872-1935) Īrān-e Bāstānī]
  • 2012 – 2014 Tutor and Junior Research Assistant at the Institute of Islamic Studies and Oriental Philology, University of Bern
  • 2011 Graduate student at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas, Austin, with main focus on Arabic Linguistics
  • 2006 – 2010 B.A. in Islamic Studies (major; Arabic/Persian) and Religious Studies (minor) at the University of Zurich

Research Interests

  • History of Knowledge and Science in the Islamicate world: Circulation of race theories; Gender and sexualities in the Arabic history of Medicine


Arabic II (Spring 2016)

Arabic Grammar / Arabic III (Fall 2016)