PhD Rahina Muazu


Regionaler Schwerpunkt: West Africa and Europe: Particularly Nigeria and Germany
PhD Rahina Muazu
PhD Rahina Muazu


Ph.D in Islamic Studies (magna cum laude), Freie Universität Berlin Title of Dissertation: Qur’an Recitation and the Nudity of the Female Voice in Nigeria Supervision: Prof. Dr. Birgit Krawietz, Prof. Dr. Hansjörg Dilger Defense 29.06.2019
M.A. Muslim Cultures (Very Good CGPA of 3,07 out of 4), Agha Khan University London Master’s Project: The Recited Qur’an and the Female Voices: Ethnography of the Female Reciters in Jos, Nigeria Supervision: Prof. Dr. Sarah Bowen Savant
B.A. Islamic Studies (CGPA: 4,39 out of 5), University of Jos Bachelor’s Project: Theory and Practice of Child Custody among Muslims in Jos. Supervision: Dr. Muhammad Moddibo
School Leaving Certificate at the School for Higher Islamic Studies, Jos. Major Subjects: Religious Studies and Educational Sciences


2019 - 2020
English Teacher, Global Village e.V. in Berlin
2013 - 2015
Teaching Assistant, Department of Religion und Philosophy, University of Jos under: Dr. Dauda Abubakar. Taught Courses: 1. Introduction to African Traditional Religion, course ID: Rel 201 2. Islamic Theology (ʿIlm al-Kalām), course ID: Rel 404 3. The Period of Ignorance (ʿAṣr al-Jahiliyya), course ID: CRS 107 4. Pillars of Islam, course ID: Rel 311
2013 - 2014
Islamic Studies Teacher, Hikmah College in Jos
2011 - 2014
Translator (Hausa-Arabic-English), Jos Conducting interviews with Nigerian women and subsequent translation for international scholars (including those from the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS)
2008 - 2009
Director and founder of the weekend school Anguwar Rogo, Jos Teaching of Religion, English, Mathematics, Social Sciences, IT for pupils aged 7-15 years
Research Assistant, research and organizational support for Ramzi bn Amara, PhD student at BIGSAS and other international scholars
2002 - 2006
Islamic Studies Teacher, Arewa-Model-Private School in Jos
Research Grant on the Project "German Muslim Women Converts and Qur'an Recitation" funded by Professor Gudrun Krämer, Freie Universitat.


Just concluded Article

"Points about the Articulation of Letters (Makhārij al-Ḥurūf): Affect, Meaning and Cultivation of Piety (Khushūʿ) among German Muslim Women Converts in Berlin."


Qur’an Recitation and the Nudity of the Female Voice in Nigeria
Book proposal and excerpts submitted for peer review to Brill Publishers for the series Studies of Religion in Africa, manuscript submission agreed for 09/2020

Book Contributions

Nigerian Muslim Women and the Interpretation of Religion. Right, Freedom and Access
In Owete, Kingsley u.a. (Hrgs.) (2014): Freedom, Self-Determination and Growth in Africa. Africa-Berlin Conference Proceeding. Berlin, S. 316-336

Articles in peer review journals

West African Qur’an Manuscript
In al-Maher Journal of Qur’anic Studies (2017), S. 129-136

Muslim Female Voices in the Public: Qur’an Competition, Melodic Recitation, and Recordings
In Journal of African Religion and Culture (J.A.R.C.), 5:1 (2015), S. 138-146

Islam and Development Challenges
In Journal of African Religion and Culture (J.A.R.C.), 9 (2015), S. 82-91



Qur’an Recitation and Social Media Practices in Nigeria and Beyond
Lecture (invited) at the workshop Sound (and/) Images in Arabic Media, organized by Dr. Bettina Gräf at the Institute for the Near and Middle East, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich



The West African Qur’an Manuscript
Paper presentation at the conference: The Qur’an: Past, Present and Future at the Bayero University in Kano (Nigeria)

Qur’an Recitation, Female Reciters in Nigeria and the Female Voice
Lecture (invited) at the Workshop Ästhetik der interreligiösen Begegnung. Leib und Berühren, organised by the Theologischen Fakultät der Humboldt-Universität Berlin und dem Museum für Islamische Kunst



Nigerian Muslim Women and the Interpretation of Religion, Justice, Freedom and Access
ecture (invited) at the International Conference: Freedom, Self-Determination and Growth in Africa, organised by MediaTeam IT Education Center der Humboldt-Universität Berlin

Scholarships and Awards

Fritz-Stappat Dissertation Prize 2020 Research Grant at the Freie Universität Berlin For the writing of an article on German Muslim Women Converts learning Qur’an from me at the German Muslim Center (Deutschen Muslimischen Zentrum Berlin), the award is under Prof. Dr. Gudrun Krämer (Islamwissenschaft)
2019 Miramonte Stiftung Grant for Dissertation Revision Research Grant at the Miramonte-Stiftung For revising my dissertation into a book
2014 - 2019
Doctoral Research at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS), Freie Universität Berlin
2010 - 2012
M.A Scholarship at the Aga Khan University for Masters and for an Arabic course at the American Center in Fez
Best Student Faculty of Arts, University of Jos
2007 - 2009
Nigerian Federal Scholarship
2007 - 2010
Jigawa State Student Scholarship Award
1991 - 1994
Qur’an Competition Awards in Nigeria


09/2019, Zwischenstation e.V. Berlin
Betreuung unbegleiteter junger Migranten, viele der Migranten aus Westafrika

Since 2019, Deutschen Muslimischen Zentrum, Berlin
Teaching Qur’an and Recitation

2015, Qur’an Recitation Recordings, Lenscope Media, Jos

2009-10, Mentoring of girls in Jos under the Jos Women Forum


  • Hausa, native
  • English, fluent
  • Arabic, fluent
  • Deutsch, C1 schriftlich, B2 mündlich

Regional Focus

West Africa and Europe: Particularly Nigeria and Germany