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Next Steps at the Berlin Institute for Islamic Theology

Advisory board confirms five of six professorships

The Advisory Board of the Berlin Institute for Islamic Theology (BIT) has approved the appointment of five of the overall six professorships at the BIT.

The board has approved appointments to the following professorships:

  • Islamic Law in the Past and Present

  • Islamic Philosophy and the Foundations of Belief

  • Islamic Intellectual History of the Post-Classical Period (1200-1800)

  • Comparative Theology from an Islamic Perspective

  • Islamic Text Studies (Koran and Hadith)

With this, the BIT at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin has taken an important step forward. The next step is the offer of appointment by the Senate Chancellery – Higher Education and Research. More information about the professorships can be found at the website of the Berlin Institute for Islamic Theology. Teaching begins in the coming winter semester, with guest professors and instructors if necessary, that is, if the appointment procedures have not yet been completed by this time.

The appointment procedure for the sixth professorship, Islamic Textual Analysis (Quran and Hadith) at Humboldt-Universität has not been completed. An overview of the appointment process for the BIT can be found on the website of the Institute.

How does the advisory board participate in the appointment process at the institute?

Regarding the appointment recommendations for professors in all courses and disciplines, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is guided exclusively by the best scientific qualifications of the applicants. This has, of course, also been the case with the appointment of professors at the Berlin Institute for Islamic Theology. After an appointment procedure conducted to strictly scholarly criteria, the advisory board is consulted.

The advisory board can refuse approval of a professorship only on religious grounds and must justify this refusal with a theological report. This is not a special rule for Islamic theology, but also exists in principle for other faith-based theologies at German universities, for example, through state-church law contracts with the Catholic and Protestant Churches. Since Islam, in contrast to Christianity, does not have church institutions, the advisory board functions here in place of a church institution.

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Hans-Christoph Keller
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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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