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Indien: Das zweitgrößte islamische Land der Erde. In: Online-Dossier Indien. Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, 2014.

Travelling Islam – Madrasa Graduates from India and Pakistan in the Malay Archipelago. ZMO Working Papers 8. Berlin: Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient 2013.

(1) Barelwi movement. (2) Deobandi movement. In: Gerhard Bowering, Patricia Crone, Wadad Kadi, Devin Stewart, and M. Qasim Zaman (eds.). Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013, 64-65; 131-132.

The Tablighi Madrasas in Lenasia and Azaadville: Local Players in the Global ‘Islamic Field’. In: Abdulkader Tayob, I. Niehaus, & W. Weisse (eds.), Muslim Schools and Education in Europe and South Africa. Münster, New York, München, Berlin, Waxmann, 2011, 85-104. (proof version with different paging)

Antiamerikanismus als Triebfeder pakistanischer Politik? In: Bernhard Chiari und Conrad Schetter (Hg.), Wegweiser zur Geschichte: Pakistan. Potsdam: Schöningh, 2010, 177-187.

From Madrasa to University – the Challenges and Formats of Islamic Education. In: Akbar Ahmed and Tamara Sonn (eds.). The SAGE Handbook of Islamic Studies. Thousand Oaks, CA; London, 2010, 106-139.

‘Alternate Globalities?’ On the Cultures and Formats of Transnational Muslim Networks from South Asia. In: Ulrike Freitag/Achim von Oppen (eds.), Translocality: The Study of Globalising Processes from a Southern Perspective. Leiden: Brill, 2010, 293-334.

Muslim Grassroots Leaders in India: National Issues and Local Leadership. In: (National Bureau of Asian Research – NBR) Who Speaks for Islam? Muslim Grassroots Leaders and Popular Preachers in South Asia. (NBR Special Report No 22) Seattle: National Bureau of Asian Research, 2010, 29-40.

Migrants, Mujahidin, Madrasa Students: The Diversity of Transnational Islam in Pakistan. In: (National Bureau of Asian Research – NBR) Transnational Islam in South and Southeast Asia: Movements, Networks, and Conflict Dynamics. Seattle: National Bureau of Asian Research, 2009, 53-77.  

Conflitti nell'Islam della “periferia” asiatica e africana: Dottrine, Culture e Politica. Giovanni Filoramo e Roberto Tottoli (a cura di), Le religioni e il mondo moderno III: Islam. Torino: Einaudi, 2009, 478-513. (Conflicts in Islam on the Asian and African ‘Periphery’: Doctrines, Cultures, and Politics [author's draft, not for quotation]. Filoramo, Tottoli [eds], Religions and the Modern World, Turin : Einaudi, 2009)  

Kann Asif Zardari Pakistan retten? In: INAMO (Berlin), 14(2008)56, S. 14-15.  

Change and Stagnation in Islamic Education: The Dar al-Ulum of Deoband after the Split in 1982. In: Farish A. Noor, Yoginder Sikand and Martin van Bruinessen (eds.), The Madrasa in Asia : Political Activism and Transnational Linkages, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2008 (ISIM Book series No. 2), 71-104.  

The ‘Faith Bureaucracy’ of the Tablighi Jama‘at: An Insight into their System of Self-Organisation (Intizam). In: Gwilym Beckerlegge (ed.): Colonialism, Modernity, and Religious Identities: Religious Reform Movements in South Asia. Oxford, Delhi: Oxford University Press 2008, 98-124. 

Parlamentarisches Glaubensbündnis“, Artikel in Jungle World, 14. Februar 2008, über islamistische Kräfte zu Parlamentswahlen in Pakistan.

(Islamic) Education: Educational Methods. In: John L. Esposito (ed.): The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World. Vol. 2. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009, pp. 136-142; online at, Education: Educational Methods (Subject Entry).   

Tablighi Jama’at. In: John L. Esposito (ed.): The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World. Vol. 5. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009, pp. 293-299; online at, Tablīghī Jamā‘at (Subject Entry).   

/Bettina Dennerlin (eds), South-South linkages in Islam. In: Contemporary Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Durham: Duke University Press, vol. 27, no. 1, 2007.
Therein: The Deoband Universe: What makes a transcultural and transnational educational movement of Islam? pp. 139-159. 

Islamische Missionsbewegungen in Europa. In: Ruth Heidrich-Blaha, Michael Ley, Rüdiger Lohlker (Hg.), Islam in Europa. Favorita Papers 01/2007. Wien: Diplomatic Academy of Vienna , S. 117-136.  

Germany and Islam – Dialogue for the Future. In: (Hamdard Foundation Pakistan ), Muslim Ummah in the Modern World: Challenges and Opportunities, Karachi : Bait al-Hikmah, 2006, pp. 194-203.

Sufi spirituality fires reformist zeal: the Tablīghī Jamā‘at in today's India and Pakistan . In: Archives de sciences sociales des religions, Paris, July-Sept 2006, 51 : 135, pp. 33-51.

Islam in the Public Sphere: Religious Groups in India, 1900-1947. Delhi, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006, 375 pp.

Dār al-‘Ulūm Deoband and its Self-Representation on the Media. In: Islamic Studies, Islamabad: Islamic Research Institute, Vol. 44, No. 2, 2005, pp. 209-227. 

Pakistan. In: Sigrid Faath (Hg.): Anti-Americanism in the Islamic World. London: Hurst, 2005, pp. 182-196.

Zuarbeit zum Jahresbericht der Böll-Stiftung zu Pakistan-Afghanistan 2004-2005. Berlin: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, 2005 (Endfassung). 

Entwicklungszusammenarbeit mit islamischen Institutionen in Südasien unter besonderer Berücksichtigung Pakistans. Berlin: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, 2005.

Aktuelle Analysen islamistischer Bewegungen und ihre Kritik. In: Forschungsjournal Neue Soziale Bewegungen, Themenheft "Does Religion Matter? Zum Verhältnis von Religion und sozialen Bewegungen", Stuttgart  17(2004)4, S. 61-68.

Asian hotspots and their crisis impact on the European Union. Paper at the International Symposium “Examination of the Regions of Crisis from the Perspectives of Turkey, NATO and the European Union, and their Impacts an the Security of Turkey“ in Istanbul, Turkey, on 27-28 May 2004.

Facing the challenges: Old and new trends in the Dāru’l-`Ulūm Deoband after the split in 1982. Paper at International Workshop “The Asian madrasa: transnational linkages and real or alleged political roles” by  ISIM in collaboration with ZMO, in Leiden, Holland, 24-25 May 2004.

Living like the Pious Ancestors: The social ideal of the missionary movement of the Tablighi Jama'at. Paper at Panel ‘The Salafi Phenomenon’ at DAVO (German Middle East Studies) Conference, Hamburg, 22 November 2003.

Keeping busy on the path of Allah: The self-organisation (intizam) of the Tablīghī Jamā`at. In: Daniela Bredi (ed.), Islam in contemporary South Asia. Roma, 2004 (= Oriente Moderno, 84:1), pp. 295-305.

Flashpoint South and Central Asia: Strategic aspects of a historical relationship. In: Erich Reiter, Peter Hazdra (eds.): The Impact of Asian Powers on Global Developments. Heidelberg: Physica/Springer, 2004, pp. 17-40. 

Pakistan: internationaler Partner oder Problemfall? In: FES-Analyse, Bonn/Berlin: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, 2003, 19. S.

Präsident Musharraf und der institutionelle Islam – Bruch, Reform oder Kontinuität? In: Hans-Georg Ebert, Thoralf Hanstein (Hg.), Beiträge zum Islamischen Recht III (Leipziger Beiträge zur Orientforschung, Bd. 13), Frankfurt a. M.: Lang-Verlag, 2003, S. 129-172.

Pakistan: Stabile Instabilität – Weiter so oder weiter im Chaos. In: INAMO (Berlin), 9(2003)33, S. 36-37.  

Antiamerikanismus in Pakistan. In: Sigrid Faath (Hg.): Antiamerikanismus in Nordafrika, Nah- und Mittelost. Formen, Dimensionen und Folgen für Europa und Deutschland. Hamburg: Deutsches Orient-Institut, 2003, S. 261-278. (Autorenfassung)

Der Wettstreit Indiens und Pakistans um Zentralasien: Kulturdialog, Machtpolitik, Globale Interessen. In: Peter Hazdra, Erich Reiter (Hg.): Die sicherheitspolitische Entwicklung in Südasien. Wien 2002 (=Studien und Berichte zur Sicherheitspolitik 3/2002), pp. 65-88.

Pakistans Gratwanderung. In: INAMO (Berlin), 7(2001)28, pp. 27-31.

God's Kingdom on Earth: The Contestation of the Public Sphere by Islamic Groups in Colonial India (1900-1947), [Post-doctoral Habilitation Thesis] Berlin: Free University, Institute of Political Science, November 2001, 381 pp., 9 tables (in English - summary).

ed., Sendungsbewußtsein oder Eigennutz: Zu Motivation und Selbstverständnis islamischer Mobilisierung. (Studien / Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient; Nr. 15) Berlin: Das Arabische Buch, 2001, 248 pp. (with a summary in English; Distributor: Klaus-Schwarz-Verlag)

Options for Pakistan and India in Kashmir: A Viewpoint from Germany. In: Talaat Ayesha Wizarat (ed.), Conflict Resolution in a New Era: Lessons for South Asia, Karachi: Karachi University, Dept. of International Relations, 2000, pp. 93-115.

Optionen für Indien und Pakistan in Kaschmir: Anatomie eines Konfliktes. In: Werner Draguhn (ed.), Indien 2000. Politik, Wirtschaft, Gesellschaft. Hamburg: Institut für Asienkunde, 2000, pp. 275-312.

Islamic Activism in Central Asia and the Pakistan Factor. In Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Villanova, PA (USA), 1999, Vol. 23, No 1, pp. 1-37.

Mediating the External: The Changing World and Religious Renewal in Indian Islam. In Katja Füllberg-Stolberg/Petra Heidrich/Ellinor Schöne (eds.), Dissociation and Appropriation.Responses to Globalization in Asia and Africa. (Studien / Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient; Bd. 10) Berlin: Das Arabische Buch, 1999, pp. 75-106.

Muslim Concepts of Local Power and Resistance: Islamic Militants in the Indian Frontier Province Between 1900 and Independence. In: Bernt Glatzer (ed), Essays on South Asian Society, Culture and Politics. (Arbeitshefte, 9), Berlin: Das Arabische Buch, 1998, pp. 49-70.

In Search of the Collective Self: How Ethnic Group Concepts Were Cast Through Conflict in Colonial India. In : Modern Asian Studies. Cambridge. Vol 31 (1997), No 2, pp. 285-315.

Religion and group-identity: Comparing three regional movements in Colonial India. In: Annemarie Hafner (ed), Essays on South Asian Society, Culture and Politics. (Förderungsgesellschaft Wiss. Neuv. mbH, FSP Moderner Orient, Arbeitshefte, 8) Berlin: Das Arabische Buch 1995, pp. 73-89.

Hijrat - The Flight of the Faithful. A British File on the Exodus of Muslim Peasants from North India to Afghanistan in 1920. NEW (Arbeitshefte/ FSP Moderner Orient, Förderungsges. Wiss. Neuv. mbH; Nr. 5), Berlin: Das Arabische Buch, 1995, 140 pp.

Community Concepts and Community-Building: Exploring Ethnic Political Identity in Colonial India. In: Joachim Heidrich (Ed), Changing Identities: The transformation of Asian and African societies under colonialism. Papers of a symposium held at the Centre for Modern Oriental Studies, Berlin, 21-22 October 1993. (Studien / Forschungsschwerpunkt Moderner Orient; Nr. 1) Berlin: Das Arabische Buch, 1994, pp. 123- 147.

Pakistan and the Central Asia Hinterland Option: the Race for Regional Security and Development. In: Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. No. 1 1993/94 (Fall), Villanova, PA, USA, pp. 28-56.  

Ethnic and religious identities in colonial India (1920s-1930s): a conceptual debate. In: Contemporary South Asia, Oxford :Routledge, (1993), 2 (2), pp. 109-122. 

Ist die Zuspitzung ethnischer und religiöser Konflikte unvermeidlich? Zum Streit der Theorien u.b. Berücksichtigung Südasiens. In: Dietrich Reetz (Hg.), Die „Reorientalisierung“ des Orients? Zur Rolle der Tradition in Gesellschaftskonflikten der achtziger Jahre. (asien, afrika, lateinamerika, Sonderheft 4) Berlin: Akademie-Verlag 1991, S. 140-162.

National Consolidation or Fragmentation: The Dilemma of General Zia-ul-Haq (1977-88). In: Diethelm Weidemann (ed.), Nationalism, Ethnicity and Political Development in South Asia, New Delhi: Manohar Publishers, 1991, pp. 123-144.

Entwicklung und Stand der Asienwissenschaften in der DDR. In: Asien, Hamburg, Nr. 38, Januar 1991, S. 75-87.

Zur Reform der Akademie der Wissenschaften der DDR. (Informationen aus der Forschung; Nr. 9), Köln: Bundesinstitut für ostwissenschaftliche und internationale Studien (BIOst), 1990, 8 pp.

Das Zentrum für Asien-, Afrika- und Lateinamerikaforschung der Akademie der Wissenschaften der DDR. (Informationen aus der Forschung; Nr. 7), Köln: Bundesinstitut für ostwissenschaftliche und internationale Studien (BIOst), 1990, 7 pp.

Das Konfliktpotential ethnisch-nationaler Prozesse in Asien und die Perspektiven einer asiatischen Friedensordnung. In: Martin Robbe, Dieter Senghaas (Hrsg.), Die Welt nach dem Ost-West-Konflikt. Geschichte und Prognosen, Berlin-Ost: Akademie-Verlag 1990, S. 165-179; Ist die Geschichte zu Ende?. In: Ebd., S. 367-375; Zukunftsaussichten. Zur Diskussion. In: Ebd., S.455-462.

The Asian Relations Conference in New Delhi in 1947 and Nehru's Vision of India's Role in Asia and in the World. In: N.L. Gupta and Vinod Bhatia (eds), Jawaharlal Nehru. Statesman, National Leader, Thinker. Contributions by G.D.R. Scholars, New Delhi 1989, pp. 27-48.

Enlightenment and Islam: Sayyid Ahmad Khan's Plea to Indian Muslims for Reason. In: The Indian Historical Review, New Delhi, Vol. XIV Numbers 1-2 (July 1987 & January 1988), pp. 206-218.

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