Dr. Besnik Sinani


Dr. Besnik Sinani
Dr. Besnik Sinani


Research Fellow, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO)


Ph.D. in History and Islamic Studies, Freie Universität Berlin (Summa Cum Laude)
Master of Arts in Near East Studies, New York University
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, City College of New York

Scholarships, Grants, Awards

Fritz Thyssen Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Awarded for a project at the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), Berlin.
2016 - 2020
German Federal Excellency Program. Awarded to support the doctoral studies at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, Freie Universität Berlin.
Karim Foundation Scholarship, Awarded to support the attendance of the Summer School of Sufi Studies at the Uskudar University, Istanbul
2008 - 2010
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship. Awarded to support MA studies at New York University.
Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), United States Department of State. Awarded to continue the study of Arabic in Tangier, Morocco.
Ward Medal for Excellency in Social Studies. Awarded by the Department of Social Studies, City College of New York.
Ward Medal for Excellency in Social Studies. Awarded by the Department of Social Studies, City College of New York.

Representative Publications

Edited Volumes:

“Devotional Extremism (ghuluww): Muḥammad ʿAlawī al-Mālikī and the debate over the veneration (taʿẓim) and the characteristics (khaṣāʾiṣ) of the Prophet in Saudi Arabia”, in The Presence of the Prophet: Muhammad in the mirror of his community in early modern and modern Islam, eds. Stephan Reichmuth et. al., in "Handbuch der Orientalistik" Brill series (Forthcoming).

“In the Path of the Ancestors: The Bā ʿAlawī Sufi Order and the Struggle for Shaping the Future of Islam.” in Global Sufism: Boundaries, Structures, and Politics, eds. Mark Sedgwick and Francesco Piraino, Hurst, 2019.

 “The Return of Islam in South East Europe: Debating Islam and Islamic Practices of Family Law in Albania and Kosovo.” in Applying Sharia in the West: Facts, Fears and the Future of Islamic Islamic Rules on Family Relations in the West, ed. Maurits S. Berger, Leiden University Press, 2013.


“Das Konigshaus mit neuer Mission”, Welt-Sichten, 21. 08. 2019. pp. 24-27. (The Royal Family with a New Mission). (in German)

“Entertainment as a Marker of Religious Reform in Saudi Arabia”, CRSI Blog – University of Oxford, 13. 07. 2019.

“Stresstest für Salafisten”, Zenith, 06.06.2019. pp.74-77. (Pressure-test for Salafis). (in German).