Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies

Research Focus

The Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies investigates the plurality, changeability, and global connectedness of Muslim cultures and societies past and present. In a systematic and comparative way, the Graduate School examines concepts, practices, and institutions variously understood as Islamic. Its area of study includes Muslim societies in the Middle East, Africa and Asia as well as Muslim communities in Europe and North America.


Anthropology, Arabic Studies, Asian and African Studies, Comparative Ethics, Geography, History, Islamic Studies, Political Science, Turkology

Program Type and Funding

Graduate School funded by Excellence Initiative

Partner Institutions

Freie Universität Berlin; Institute of African and Asian Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin; Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin; Museum for Islamic Art, Berlin; Bayreuth International Graduate School for African Studies, University of Bayreuth; Aga Khan University, London/Karachi


15 doctoral candidates per year; 11 scholarships

Start of Program

October 1

Application Deadline

November 15