Robin Schmahl

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

Regionaler Schwerpunkt: Arabische Welt, insbesondere Ägypten und Europäischer Imperialismus im Nahen Osten
 Robin Schmahl
Robin Schmahl


Since 2020
Research Fellow in the Project: “Historicity of Democracy in the Arab and Muslim Worlds” (HISDEMAB) at ZMO
2019 - 2020
Research Assistant in the Projects: “Communities of Knowledge” and “Arches” at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich
Research Intern at the Orient Institute (Max Weber Foundation) Beirut, Lebanon
Researcher at the Project: “The Eye of the Sky / The Eye on Palestine” of the AM Qattan Foundation, London
2018 - 2019
Intern at the German Federal Foreign Office and the German Embassy in Abu Dhabi, UAE
2017 - 2018
Research Assistant at the Project: “Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus” at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Munich
2017 - 2020
Guide at Jewish Museum Munich
2014 - 2015
Student Assistant for the Commission of Semitic Languages of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Munich and the International Society for Arabic Papyrology


Since 2020
PhD Candidate at Freie Universität Berlin
2017 - 2020
M.A. in MENA Studies with a focus on International Relations, Arabic and Islamic Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich
2018 - 2020
Supplementary B.A. Program in Political Science and History with a Focus on International Relations and Israel Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich
2013 - 2017
B.A. in MENA Studies and Philosophy with a Focus on Political Philosophy in the Arab and Muslim World at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich
2015, 2016, 2018
Intensive Language Courses in Arabic (MSA, ECA) at Arabeya Arabic Language Center and Ahlan World, Cairo

Awards and Scholarships

Ulpan Scholarship (Tel Aviv University) granted by the World Union of Jewish Studies



Schmahl, Robin F.C. (2020), Legitimacy in a Hegemonial System, A Critical Analysis of Arab Human Rights Documents, 1981-2014, Berlin: Bonner islamwissenschaftliche Hefte 45.


Schamhl, Robin F.C. (2023). "Communities of Knowledge: Interreligious Networks of Scholars in Ibn Abī Uṣaybiʿa’s History of the Physicians (Project Report)", mit Nathan P. Gibson, medieval worlds
Volume 18, 196 - 218.

Schamhl, Robin F.C. (2023). "Deliberation in the Name of the People? Assessing the Role of the Diwan of Cairo, 1798-1801", Maydan: rivista sui mondi arabi, semitici e islamici, 13-34.

Schmahl, Robin F.C. (2022). "Universal Jurisdiction as Iustitia ex Machina - Speaking Justice for the Victims of ISIS and the Syrian Civil War in Germany", Institute for a Greater Europe, 35-48.

Schmahl, Robin F.C. (2021). "Was Kant a racist? - The public discussion on Germany's belated intellectual decolonisation", Institute for a Greater Europe, 37-47.

Schmahl, Robin F.C. (2020). “Everlasting is their Heritage: Benjamin Netanyahu’s Historical Revisionism”, The Greater European Journal, Vol. II (1): 56-64.

Schmahl, Robin F.C. (2019). “An unholy Alliance? Human Rights and Sharia Law within the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam”, DOI Kurzanalysen (Nov. 2019).

Schmahl, Robin F.C. (2019). “A State for all its Citizens? The Nation-State-Law and Israel’s Constitutional Transformation to a Nation State of the Jewish People”, The European Journal, Vol. I (1): 51-56.

Schmahl, Robin F.C. (2019). “Germany“, in: The Institute Presents: The EU-Elections, Institute for a Greater Europe (online). Available at (Accessed 12 October 2020).

Schmahl, Robin F.C. (2019). “Why is Western Education forbidden? The impact of Colonialism on the Rise of Boko Haram in Northern Nigeria”, The Greater European Journal, Vol. I (1): 57-62.


The Greater European Talks (2020) Episode 5: The Middle East [Podcast]. 13th May. Available at (Accessed: 12 October 2020)

Workshops and Presentations

Presentation: “Communities of Knowledge: Project Demo” at the Virtual Forum: Jews, Christians, and Muslims as Colleagues and Collaborators in the Abbasid Near East, LMU Munich
Talk: “The Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam: A Sincere Push for Human Rights or a Desperate Cry for a Legitimate Islamic Identity in World Politics?” at the Workshop: Communities, Clashes and Cohabitations, LMU Munich


  • German: Native Speaker
  • English: fluent (C2)
  • Arabic:Advanced (MSA: C1, ECA:B1 + Judaeo-Arabic)
  • French (C1)
  • Ivrit: A2
  • Farsi: A2
  • Hungarian: A2
  • Latin: “Großes Latinum” – Advanced Proficiency Certificate

Memberships and Social Projects

Young Forum of the Foreign Affairs Association, Germany (Boardmember since 2019, Member since 2017)


Atlantic Treaty Association [ATA] and Youth Atlantic Treaty Association [YATA] (Member since 2019)


Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Vorderer Orient [DAVO] (Member since 2019)


Institute for a Greater Europe (Contributor since 2019)


German Free Democratic Party [FDP] and Young Liberals [JuLis] (Member since 2019)


Model United Nations Association, Munich [MUNAM] (Member and Delegate since 2017)


Munich Debating Society (Member since 2016)


Society of Friends of Islamic Art and Culture, Munich (Member since 2015)