The 16th International Summer School MUSLIMS IN THE WEST: REFORM AND REFORMATION

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The Chair of Muslim Cultural & Religious History at the University of Erfurt is pleased to announce the 16th International Summer School MUSLIMS IN THE WEST: REFORM AND REFORMATION which will take place from 12–25 August 2018 at the University of Erfurt. Fifteen young scholars from countries with significant Muslim populations will participate in this cultural encounter together with students from the University of Erfurt. Ever since its involvement in the academic activity of “Dialogue with Islam,” initiated by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in 2002, the University of Erfurt has been keenly engaged in the increasingly socio-politically relevant debates on “Islam and the West.”

This year, the Summer School focuses on the issue of reform and reformation and centers around the theme of Muslims/Islam in Western contexts. One year after the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, it scrutinizes the phenomenon of religious renewal in world religions, specifically in Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Reformist faith-based movements within these religious traditions are examined and their commonalities, differences and mutual influence are reflected upon and critically analyzed. The multifaceted, historical panorama resulting from such comparative study is supplemented by, and put into the context of, contemporary issues and discussions in the Euro-American space such as Muslim integration, fundamentalism, human rights, and religious education.

Application Deadline:

30 March 2018

Program Duration:

12-25 August 2018


  1. Application form
  2. Program Outline



  1. No more than 27 Years old
  2. Must Have Graduated with a BA prior to the start of the school
  3. Must Have a CV and make a 400-word statement of motivation


Program Fee

The program is a grant which covers most expenses on travel expenses (with a maximum of 500 EUR), with an additional 200 EUR stipend during your stay at Erfurt.

Program Features

  1. Lectures, workshops and excursions
  2. Visits to numerous Places of Worship
  3. Two-day trip to Berlin
  4. Excursion to Wartburg


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