Contested Religion and Intellectual Culture

How does religiosity interrelate with morality and intellectual culture? The research unit Contested Religion takes this basic question that is at the heart of social life across the global south. Focusing on both contemporary and historical cases, the unit engages the ways in which religiosity is mobilized and invested in individual and collective life projects. How do both religiosity and knowledge inform and at the same time challenge political orders, eschatological aspirations, and moral norms? What forms, sites and agents of intellectual culture emerge within that context? Although engaging primarily Muslim contexts, the unit is particularly interested in the interactions between Muslim and their non-Muslim neighbors. Consequently, exclusionary politics, sectarianism, collaboration and strategic borrowing within and between groups and communities are important relational modalities, which the research unit analyses.

Unit Poster

Research Projects

Dr. Jeffrey Culang (Januar 2020 bis Dezember 2020)

Moral Quandaries: Religion and Modern Law in Egypt (VW-Mellon)


Video report from the conference "From Senegal to Nigeria: The Modernity of Islam in West Africa. Practices, Influences, and Trajectories.", 19-23 November 2019 in Niamey, Niger.



PD Dr. Abdoulaye Sounaye

Head of Research Unit "Contested Religion"

Phone: +49-(0)30-80307-218