Museum on Site (main site) Kids, Students, Teachers Online Showcases Blogerim (blog)

Islam in Europe. Contemporary controversies, genealogical continuities

Panel discussion (in English)

19 June 2014

Academy Program

Mosque in Wilmersdorf, Berlin, around 1930

Mosque in Wilmersdorf, Berlin, around 1930


19 June 2014, 7 pm


Academy, Hall




Tel: +49 (0)30 25 993 488


Gesa Struve
Tel: +49 (0)30 259 93 517
Fax: +49 (0)30 259 93 513

The presence of Islam in Europe figures today as one of the most contested points of discussion. Politicians, intellectuals and public figures have positioned themselves towards this religious presence and the growing public visibility of Islamic religious practices has triggered debates all throughout Europe. Several commentators argue that the contemporary position of Muslims in Europe is comparable to that of the Jews in the late 19th century, and that we are witnessing the emergence of a "Muslim question".

This evening will address the question to which extent it is possible to speak of certain historical continuities and whether contemporary debates on Islam in Europe are a reflection of a set of older tensions that are internal to the constitution of Europe.


Gil Anidjar is Professor in the Departments of Religion and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS) at Columbia University. His research focuses on constructions of Jews and Arabs, political theology, race and religion and continental philosophy.

Susannah Heschel is the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. Her scholarship focuses on Jewish-Christian relations in Germany during the 19th and 20th centuries, the history of biblical scholarship, and the history of Antisemitism.

Ruth Mas is Professor of Critical Theory and Contemporary Islam in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research focuses on the secularization of the Islamic discursive tradition and the implications for thinking about power, secularism, Muslim subjectivity and technologies of Islamic selfhood.

Damani J. Partridge is Professor in the Department of Anthropology and at the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies at
the University of Michigan. He has published broadly on questions of citizenship, sexuality, Holocaust memorialization, and contemporary racialization.


Nadia Fadil works as a Professor at the Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Center of the KU Leuven. Her research focusses on religion and secularism with a particular focus on Islam in Europe.

Schirin Amir-Moazami is Professor for Islam in Europe at the Institute of Islamic Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. In her work she deals with politics of religion and related forms of Muslim subjectivities in Europe with a particular focus on gender.

In cooperation with Freie Universität Berlin, KU Leuven and Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.

Stay in touch