Research Project: “Islam, the Modern Nation State and Transnational Movements”

Research Project: "Islam, the Modern Nation State and Transnational Movements"

Research Project: “Islam, the Modern Nation State and Transnational Movements”

Research Project Funded by Gerda Henkel Foundation

Call for Proposals

Application Deadline: May 16, 2018

The special program “Islam, the Modern Nation State and Transnational Movements” is aimed at researchers who, with an eye to current developments, are examining the emergence of political movements in the Islamic world at the national and/or transnational level. Historical studies are encouraged and supported, together with projects in the areas of religious, cultural or political science: What emancipatory, what modern elements does political Islam promise and integrate? What developments, what connections, what similarities in the key categories, interpretations and claims are to be drawn between pan-Arabism and pan-Islamism at the close of the 19th century and the movements of today? What historical self-descriptions are recognizable in the concepts? Via what specific ideas of communalization can social radicalization and mobilization for violence be legitimized?

The special program takes a look at the dynamics between Islamic teachings, Islamism, nationalism and transnational orientations and environments. Scientific discussion of the countries and regions of the Islamic world should bring together expertise possessing regional and thematic focus in order to allow the problems associated with areas of conflict to be expounded upon, particularly with regard to global influences and processes of cultural exchange.

Proposals will be supported that address the particularities and contexts of cultural and historical environments and relationships. The projects’ deliverables should be able to make a contribution to diverse and expert discussions in public and political circles.

Applications are invited for funding research scholarships and research projects. PhD scholarships are only granted in connection with a research project. The next application deadline is 16 May 2018.

The Individual Research Areas

1. Historical and present day Islamic systems of society and state

2. The concept of nation, national movements and nationalism in Islamic civilization

3. Islamic fundamentalism or Islamic emancipation?

4. Transnational civil society movements in the Islamic world

5. Islamic states in the international world system

Project Manager


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