Titleimage: Institute for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Societies

The Institute for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Societies (ISNO) in its current form is closed and the academic field is reorganized 

Based on the findings of the report from the administrative investigation of the Institute for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Societies (ISNO), the Executive Board of the University of Bern has decided on January 30, 2024 to close the institute in its current form.  

The Faculty of Humanities is now responsible for presenting a structural report on the reorganization of the academic field with a broader focus in terms of both content and methodology by the end of June 2024. The object of research and teaching must be expanded, and the curriculum reviewed. This means that the academic field is to be integrated into a broader context of religion, language, and historical perspective. The institute will remain under the supervision of the Head of Faculty until the structural report is implemented. The Head of Faculty may appoint a person to be assigned to the management of the relevant unit. “The faculty is well-equipped to take on this difficult task and ensure that education continues to take place on a broad scale,” said Dean Peter J. Schneemann. 

The Executive Board of the University of Bern and the Head of the Faculty are convinced that the measures adopted are a consistent way of repositioning the academic field more broadly, therefore creating added value for teaching, research and society. 

Further information on the report of the administrative investigation and the measures taken by the Executive Board can be found in the University of Bern's media release.