Aspects of a globalized religion


This is a collection of conversations with scholars, critics and Islamic intellectuals. The subjects are as diverse as the times in which they were recorded. Some analyzes have documentary or historical value, others are still relevant today.




1. Uwe Halbach - Islam in Russia

Uwe Halbach is a scientist at German Institute for International Politics and Security in Berlin. Halbach is one of the few German experts on questions of Islam and Russia. Islam is the second largest religious community there. Political Islam plays a decisive political role in Central Asia, especially in the Caucasus.


2. Reinhard Schulze - Globalized Koran

Reinhard Schulze is Professor Emeritus for Islamic Studies at the University of Bern / Switzerland. He researched the Islamic Enlightenment in the 18th and 19th centuries and paved the way for modern research into Islamic culture, history and religion, guided more by scientific than colonial interests.


3. Gudrun Krämer - Koran as a reference

Gudrun Krämer emeritus professor for Islamic science at the Free University of Berlin. Her main research interests are Islamism and Islamic political theory. She has published numerous publications on Islamic anti-Semitism.


4. Christoph Luxenberg - Koran as a quarry

Christoph Luxenberg is a pseudonym of an old Semitic and linguist. For more than 20 years he has been studying the Koran language on a comparative philological basis, especially with the help of Aramaic. His book "The Syro-Aramaic Language of the Koran" was received worldwide and, in addition to sometimes violent reactions, led to a reorientation of Koran research.


5. Angelika Neuwirth - Koran as text

Angelika Neuwirth is professor emeritus for Arabic studies at the University of Berlin. Her work focuses on late antiquity, cross-cultural discourse analysis and research into the Koran as a late antiquity text collection.



Dominance culture, feminism and Islam


Emancipatory feminism has fallen on the defensive. There may be many reasons for this. On the one hand, there is the resurrection of national-conservative and neo-Nazi images of women as represented in the AFD. But also widely published legalistic images of women, which find their fulfillment in quotas from DAX boards and same-sex marriage, have blocked the view of an emancipatory feminism. The socio-political promise of equality is mainly redeemed here for white, western and well-educated women. But their own wrong paths were also trodden. Above all, there is the continuation of colonial superiority in public debates that are hidden behind positions of alleged "enlightenment". In this way, leading feminists met the hegemonic claim of western capitalist cultures for society as a whole. This applies both to western societies and to other non-western cultures. And it is particularly evident in the debates about Islam and the headscarf. In our discussions at this point, women's rights activists should have their say, who self-critically oppose reactionary and conservative feminism with emancipatory analyzes and strategies. It goes without saying that these refer to an emancipatory vision of society as a whole.




1. Birgit Rommelspacher - dominant cultures

Birgit Rommelspacher († 2015) was a psychologist and educator. She worked at the Alice Salomon University in Berlin. Her work focused on women's studies and right-wing extremism. In this conversation she explains her concept of "dominant cultures" based on the perception of women in Islam through Western feminism. (see also the book " Dominanzkultur reloaded ")


1. Nevim Cil - Cultures of exclusion

Nevim Çil is a political scientist and ethnologist. She worked on projects on “Kinship Cultures”, “Representations of Changing Social Order” and at the “Diversity Workplace” of the Hamburg judicial authority.
Since 2012 she has been a consultant in the working team of the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration, Federal Chancellery.