The AIWG’s research formats connect scholars at the various institutions where Islamic-Theological Studies are pursued both with one another and with researchers in neighbouring disciplines. The AIWG thus facilitates cross-locational, interdisciplinary research on Islam-related topics and promotes the continued establishment of Islamic-Theological Studies in the German academic system.
Our own research projects
Information on the research projects independently carried out by the AIWG can be found here.
AIWG Research Fellowship
For the first time, the AIWG is inviting applications for Research Fellowships to support scholars researching Islam-related topics. The new AIWG Research Fellowship is aimed at postdoctoral scholars and professors in Islamic Theological Studies and related disciplines from Germany and abroad who wish to pursue a specific research question on Islam in academia and society.
Researching, networking, interacting:
Our Long-term Research Groups
The AIWG’s Long-term Research Groups bring together academics from different Islamic-Theological Studies institutions affiliated with the AIWG to cooperate on topics of fundamental relevance to the subject. The Long-term Research Groups aim to enhance cross-locational knowledge of subject-specific, transferable topics and issues relating to Islamic-Theological Studies. They thus help to develop the subject outside the immediate region, cement its interdisciplinary status and promote interaction with practitioners and the general public.
Addressing topics together:
Our Collaborative Projects
Collaborative Projects allow actors in Muslim civil society and other societal fields of action to cooperate transregionally with researchers in Islamic-Theological Studies or other subjects. The Collaborative Projects aim to:
- pave the way for solution- and transfer-oriented cooperation as well as joint consideration of Islam-related topics that are of relevance to the German context
- amalgamate existing academic and practical expertise
- generate concrete output on transferable topics of relevance to the field
The subject matter must be of relevance to Islamic-Theological Studies and address practical issues relating to Islam in Germany.
Focusing on research:
Our Project Workshops
Our research Project Workshops enable Islamic-Theological Studies scholars to conduct a short-term project over a period of approximately 12 months together with specialist colleagues from other universities or departments. Clearly manageable projects that require interaction or collaboration with researchers outside of your own university or subject area are particularly suitable for this format.
One weekend, one topic:
Reading Weekends allow Islamic-Theological Studies scholars to intensively grapple with authors, works, theories and methods that are relevant to the fundamental fields of research and discourse on the subject. These could be authors and works in the Islamic tradition or from the present day, or from disciplines neighbouring Islamic-Theological Studies. After the event, the discussion leaders are to write a short essay on the texts discussed, focusing on the issues and particular interests of Islamic-Theological Studies. This summary text will then be published online.
Connecting young researchers:
Our Forum for Doctoral Candidates
This conference, which lasts several days, is held annually at the AIWG and creates an arena for doctoral candidates of Islamic-Theological Studies in the German-speaking countries to meet and share their thoughts and ideas. The aim of the forum is to promote academic interaction and networking amongst doctoral candidates at the various institutions both amongst themselves and with established researchers.
The AIWG awards for outstanding dissertations
An academic selection committee grants two awards to junior researchers in the field: an award of € 3,500 for an outstanding doctoral thesis and a printing subsidy of € 2,000 for an outstanding Master’s dissertation. The award ceremony is held during the annual Doctoral Forum.
Focus on format
The AIWG's mentoring programme
The AIWG’s mentoring programme MENTi aims to help junior researchers in Islamic-Theological Studies as well as involved individuals in Muslim civil society to continue developing their qualifications and potential and engage with society.