Institut für Studien zum Nahen Osten und zu muslimischen Gesellschaften

ISNO Lecture Series HS23

Teaching Islam: Negotiating Muslim Identities in Europe and the Middle East

In the last decades, Islamic religious education has been the focus of growing attention by part of academic research and state policies in Europe and in Muslim majority countries. In a world characterized by the increasing interaction between the local and the global, this lecture series aims at exploring how knowledge about Islam is negotiated in different educational settings and by different actors, crossing the borders of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. For example, we will look at how the image of Muslims and Islam is constructed, de-constructed and transmitted through educational media in European public schools, at how such image is differently shaped by institutions for the study of Islamic theology in Europe (as in the case of Switzerland) and how representations of Islam and Muslim identity are negotiated in educational settings in the Arab world, against the background of political changes in the region.

The lecture series is open to the public and will be streamed entirely via Zoom or take place on-site at the University of Bern with the option of joining it online.
Tuesday, 16:15 – 18h, Room: F 013, Unitobler, Lerchenweg 36, 3012 Bern. Please note: Session 4 will take place at 18:15 - 20h.