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Islamic Studies

- Master´s programs

Department of History and Cultural Studies
East Asia and the Near East
Islamic Studies
Junior Professor Dr. Schirin Amir-Moazami
Fabeckstr. 23-25
14195 Berlin

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

  • Bachelor’s degree in the history and culture of the Near East from Freie Universität Berlin or an equivalent degree that corresponds in terms of structure and content.

  • Proof of Arabic language skills (writing: level C1 CEFR) and oral Arabic language skills (level B1 CEFR).

  • Proof of English language skills (writing: level B2 CEFR) as well as written and oral Englisch language skills (level B2 CEFR) and the ability to read an additional foreign language used in international scholarly discourse (French, Spanish, Italian, or Russian) (level B2 CEFR).

The DSH - or German Language University Entrance Exam for Foreign Students - is obligatory for all applicants whose first language is not German and who have earned their initial degree from a university (or equivalent institution) where the language of instruction is not German.

Students do not pay any tuition fees, the university only charges semester fees and contributions each semester.

This research-oriented master’s degree program will enable graduate students to use academic methodologies and obtain the skills necessary to pursue independent scholarship in Islamic studies. It conveys theory-based knowledge in the fields of history, religious practice, philosophy, politics, law, culture, and theology. It also explores broader issues such as gender and the patterns of perception of Muslim and non-Muslim actors in politics and law of the modern Islamic world and Islam in Europe and South Asia.

1st Semester Admissions
Unrestricted admission
Admission for Higher Semesters
Unrestricted admission
Application and Registration Period
Only for 1st semester: April 15 – May 31 (for winter semester) and December 1 - January 15 (for summer semester), only for higher semesters: July 1 - August 15 (for winter semester), and January 1 - February 15 (for summer semester)
Enrollment Period
see notice of admission
Program Start
Winter and summer semester
English, German
Master of Arts (M.A.)
4 semesters