Intellectual Encounters of the Islamicate World

- Master´s programs

Department of History and Cultural Studies
Institute of Islamic Studies
Research Unit Intellectual History of the Islamicate World
Dr. Katja Jung
Fabeckstr. 23-25
14195 Berlin
(030) 838-4 51068

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For admittance to the master’s program applicants need to fulfill the following admission requirements:

  • less than 240, but at least 180 credit points according to the ECTS, with a minimum of 80 credit points in one or more of the following disciplines: Islamic, Arabic, Jewish or Religious Studies, Philosophy and/or equivalent fields
  • Proof of English language skills (level C1 CEFR) for applicants whose degree was not obtained at an institution where English is the language of instruction.
  • Excellent language proficiency in Arabic (B2 according to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

The admission is limited.

Students do not pay any tuition fees, the university only charges semester fees and contributions each semester. Fees for public transportation can be reimbursed to you if you are not residing in Berlin during your studies.

The curriculum serves to deepen specialised knowledge and experience in a scientific manner through research-oriented courses and methods of study. For this purpose a scientifically structured curriculum imparts knowledge about the intellectual history of the Islamic world in its respective socio-historical and multi-religious contexts. The primary focus lies on subsidiary disciplines such as the History of Ideas, Law and Legal Methodology, as well as Material Culture/Social History. In the modules taught on History of Ideas students work on reading and interpretation of sources in the original language regarding various approaches to problems in Rational Theology, Exegesis, Philosophy, Logic, and/or Islamic, Jewish and Christian Mysticism in the Arabic-speaking world. The module Law and Legal Methodology deals with the foundations, structure, methodology, and functional form of Islamic Law. The module Material Culture/Social History offers instruction in selected thematic areas such as Paleography, Codicology, Architecture, and/or Art on the one hand, or alternatively, in connection with socio-historical causes for the emergence of specific intellectual views and intellectual traditions.

The blended learning master's program Intellectual Encounters of the Islamicate World is dedicated to the study of this extremely rich and diverse intellectual heritage. Unlike the traditional academic approach which studies the intellectual history of the Islamic world according to separated and rather monolithic disciplines like Islamic Studies, Judaic Studies or Studies in Eastern Christianity, our master's program systematically crosses disciplinary, religious, cultural and philological boundaries in order to gain new and innovative insights. The master's program is thus both an expression and an active part of a specific momentum in Islamic Studies that emerges from an increased interest in the socio-cultural context of the genesis of textual traditions.

Students will be trained and mentored by internationally renowned lecturers who are to be counted among the leading experts in their respective fields of research. The blended-learning program is primarily web-based and the weekly classes during the semester are taught via our interactive online-learning platform, facilitating direct, synchronic conversations between all participants regardless of their physical location. It also includes three face-to-face meetings per academic year during which students and teachers will actually come together for discussion, teaching, examination and at the end presenting and defending the master's thesis.

Admission for the 1st semester
Limited admissions
Admission for higher semesters
No admission
Application and registration period
April 15 – May 31
Program start
Winter semester
Master of Arts (M.A.)
2 semesters