Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies
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The debate on Islam shapes the political sphere and influences social discourse. To meet the growing need for sound knowledge in this area, the Berlin Graduate School on Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS) trains qualified specialists to work in academia, the media, politics, and international cooperation.

The Graduate School is a joint enterprise of Freie Universität, Humboldt-Universität and Zentrum Moderner Orient. It is funded through the Excellence Initiative.


The Graduate School investigates the entire spectrum of what is referred to both historically and currently as Islam. Research emphasizes the inner diversity, historical changeability and global connectedness of Muslim cultures and societies as well as relations between Muslims and non-Muslims. Projects investigate the role of Islam as a frame of reference for social, cultural and political phenomena. Interdisciplinary collaboration generates fascinating changes in perspective.

Geographically, the Graduate School covers a broad spectrum, which is partly due to the international
composition of researchers and partly due to the diversity of regions they study. In addition to the Middle East, research focuses on Sub-Saharan Africa, Central, South and Southeast Asia, as well as the Muslim diaspora in Europe and North America.

Prof. Dr Dr h.c. Gudrun Krämer

Islam, muslim cultures, muslim societies, Area Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies

Contact Information

Prof. Dr Dr h.c. Gudrun Krämer
Berlin Graduate School
Muslim Cultures and Societies
FU Berlin
Altensteinstraße 48
14195 Berlin
+49 (0)30 838 534 17
15 per year
10 per year
Freie Universität Berlin