Dr. Roman Seidel

Free University of Berlin, Institute for Islamic Studies

Academic expertise:

History of philosophy in the Islamic world, especially philosophy in Iran from the 18th century to the present day. Contribution to the network: perspectives and problems of comparative and transcultural philosophy; transregional history of ideas of the Enlightenment; Exploring the translation and reception of “Western” philosophy in Middle Eastern modernity; Modern philosophical hermeneutics in Iran; Proofs of God’s existence and concepts of God as a philosophical problem between the “Islamic” and “Western” worlds.

Current project: “TransIranIdee” (BMBF)

Prof. Dr. Kata Moser

Georg‐August‐Universität Göttingen, Institute for Arabic Studies/Islamic Studies

Academic expertise:

Arabic-Islamic philosophy, especially Arabic philosophy of the 20th and 21st centuries. Contribution to the network: Meta-philosophical question about the importance of the religious in / for philosophy, concept of metaphysics of the Arabic Heidegger reception, investigation of the Arabic philosophy of religion as a new academic discipline and philosophical theories of secularism in the Arab world.

Network Members

Dr. Sarhan Dhouib

University of Hildesheim, Institute of Philosophy

Academic expertise:

Arabic-Islamic philosophy, especially Arabic philosophy since the 19th century and intercultural philosophy. Contribution to the network: historical and systematic reconstruction of philosophical concepts in the Arabic context, such as human rights, tolerance and justice, philosophical historiography in the modern Arabic world, modern and contemporary female philosophers in the Arabic countries, and investigation of the Arabic-speaking reception of European philosophers.


Current project: “Tolerance and Intolerance in Arabic Modernity. Philosophical perspectives” (DFG)

Dr. Urs Gösken

University of Bern, Institute for Islamic Studies and Modern Oriental Philology

Academic expertise:

Philosophical discourses on identity in the Islamic world in the 20th and 21st centuries Century in connection with the reception of existential philosophy. Contribution to the network: Epistemic breaks in the understanding of “revelation” and “religion” in the light of modern philosophical hermeneutics; Confrontation between metaphysics and modern hermeneutic philosophy in the Islamic intellectual history of the 20th/21st century; Concepts of historicity in the reform discourse of the 19th and 20th century. Working with Arabic, Persian and Turkish – including Ottoman Turkish – source texts.


Prof. Dr. Christoph Herzog

Otto Friedrich University of Bamberg, Institute for Oriental Studies

Academic expertise:
Ottoman and Turkish intellectual history, especially historiography, development of late Ottoman and Turkish philosophy and its terminology, especially its academic institutionalization. Contribution to the network: Reception and further development of hermeneutic approaches (Dilthey, Gadamer, Ricoeur) and the relationship between politics and philosophy in the Turkish Republic.

Enur Imeri, M.A.

University of Bern, Institute for Islamic Studies and Modern Oriental Philology

Academic expertise:
Philosophy, conceptual and knowledge history of the Ottoman Empire and Turkey in the 19th and 20th centuries. Contribution to the network: Materialism in the Ottoman Empire.

Current research project: “The Materialism Controversy in Ottoman” (SNF)

Prof. Dr. Carool Kersten

University Leuven, Professor of Islamic Studies

Academic expertise:
Intellectual history of the modern and contemporary Islamic world (Arabic-speaking countries, Indonesia, Muslims in the West). Contribution to the network: intellectual history of the Muslim world, political Islam, history of Islam in Southeast Asia, method and theory in religion-related research.

Dr. Mansooreh Khalilizand

Westfälische Wilhelms‐Universität Münster, Center for Islamic Theology

Academic expertise:
Classical and modern philosophy in the Islamic world, Western philosophy, esp. French and German phenomenology, comparative philosophy. Contribution to the network: Perso-Islamic philosophy, comparative philosophy, philosophy of the Isfahan school in particular. Transcendent philosophy of Molla Sadra, modern and contemporary schools of thought in Iran.

Prof. Dr. Anke von Kügelgen

University of Bern, Institute for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Societies

Academic expertise:
Philosophy in the modern Middle East (19th and 20th centuries). Contribution to the network: history of reception and impact of classical Islamic philosophy (its re- and completely new interpretation), history of reception and impact of modern European philosophy (translation, formation of concepts, context-related adaptations), historiography of Arabic philosophy, criticism of religion, concepts of rationality.

Current researche projects:

“Philosophy in the Islamic World: Vol. IV “19th-20th Centuries”

“Concepts of tolerance and intolerance in the modern Arab World” (in cooperation with Dr. Sarhan Dhouib)

Dr. Reza Pourjavady

University of Bamberg, Iranian Studies

Academic expertise:
Islamic philosophy, especially in the post-classical period. Contribution to the network: Philosophy in the early modern period, Safavid intellectual history, Shi’ite philosophy and theology, Christian-Muslim relations in the early modern period.

Current project: “Sahib Ram’s adaptation of Aḫlāq-i Muḥsinī”

Dr. Nils Riecken

Leibniz Center of Modern Oriental Studies, Berlin (ZMO)

Academic expertise:
Modern Arabic-Islamic philosophy from a global and postcolonial perspective, esp. historical theory and philosophy, time and temporality, political philosophy, concepts of subjectivity and identity. Contribution to the network: Negative dialectics and situated universalism in historical thought by Abdallah Laroui; Notions of history, time and the political in contemporary Arabic and Islamic thought; Conceptual problems of translation and comparison; Conceptual history of modern Mashreq and Maghreb.

Dr. Lorella Ventura

Georg‐August‐Universität Göttingen, Institute for Arabic Studies/Islamic Studies

Academic expertise:
Philosophy, Islamic culture, history of entanglement between the “Islamic” and “Western” world. Contribution to the network: theoretical and comparative approach to philosophical concepts and issues of modern and contemporary thought in the Arab world, especially related to colonialism/imperialism and the process of decolonization; the relationship between religion and philosophy as well as religion and “modernity”, especially in the Islamic context; reception of Hegel in the Arab World.

Drs. Harald Viersen

Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Islam Studies

Academic expertise:

Contemporary Arabic philosophy (from around the second half of the 20th century). Contribution to the network: theoretical, ethical and historical aspects of philosophy, in particular the authenticity debate in contemporary Arabic philosophy, the role of the concept of time in the debate on the heritage and history of contemporary philosophy in Morocco – especially the understanding of philosophy of Muḥammad ʿĀbid al‐ Ǧābirī and Ṭāhā ʿAbd ar-Raḥmān.

Sevinç Yasargil, M.A.

University of Bern, Institute for Islamic Studies and Modern Oriental Philology

Academic expertise:
Arab existentialism, 20th-century intellectual debates with a focus on Egypt. Thematic contribution: Metaphysical ideas between philosophy and mysticism; ʿAbd ar‐ Raḥmān Badawī’s understanding of time; modern history of philosophy in Egypt from a transcultural perspective.

Current research project: “Existence philosophy in Egypt – ʿAbd ar-Raḥmān Badawīs (1917-2002) Attempt at a “Copernican turn” (SNF)

Associate Members

Dr. Pascale Roure

Groupe de recherche sur la culture de Weimar

Academic expertise:

Philosophy of Language, Conceptual History and History of Ideas, Historical Epistemology, Translation and knowledge circulation.

Contribution to the network: History of academic philosophy in Turkey, Reception of German philosophy and philology at Istanbul University, Turkey’s academic exchanges with Europe and the United States, Epistemology and History of Science in Turkey.

Current research project: German Geist on the Bosphorus. On the Reception of Ontology and Philosophical Anthropology at Istanbul University (1933–1960) /