Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften

Dr. Sarah Holz

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Dr. Sarah Holz
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Humboldt-Universität → Präsidium → Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät → Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften → Kulturen und Gesellschaften Südasiens
Invalidenstraße 118 , Raum 301
(030) 2093-66077
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin

Dr. Sarah Holz ist Studiengangskoordinatorin für den BA Regionalstudien Asien/Afrika.

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I have been working at the Institute for Asian and African Studies since September 2020. First, as a DAAD-fellow at the Chair for Transregional South East Asian Studies, then as a substitute Assistant Professor at the Department of South Asia Studies and since March 2023 as the coordinator for the Bachelor in Regional Studies Asia/Africa.

From 2017 to 2020 I served as DAAD Long Term Guest Professor at the National Institute of Pakistan Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad/Pakistan. I received my PhD in political science from Freie Universität Berlin where I was also a fellow at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies. I  obtained my Master of Arts in South Asian Area Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London/UK. 

My research interests lie in governance, religion and politics, justice and dispute resolution. In my doctoral research I worked on configurations of the administration and regulation of religion as a category of governance in Pakistan, with a focus on the Council of Islamic Ideology.

See also:



  • Muhammad Salman Khan, Sarah Holz and Andrea Fleschenberg. 2023. "Visualising Research in South Asia Beyond Pandemic Times: Reflections and Future Directions." In: Thinking with the South, edited by Andrea Fleschenberg, Kai Kresse and Rosa Cordillera Castillo. ZMO-Studien. De Gruyter.

  • Mateeullah Tareen , Abida Bano and Sarah Holz (guest editors). 2023. Pashtun Millennials: Striving for Alternative Futures. South Asia Chronicle, 13.

  • Governance of Islam in Pakistan: An institutional study of the Council of Islamic Ideology 2022 Sussex Academic.
    Paperback ISBN: 978-1-78976-166-5
  • Pakistan at Seventy-Five: Identity, Governance and Conflict-Resolution in a Post-Colonial Nation-State. 2023. Edited by Andrea Fleschenberg, Sarah Holz and Arslan Waheed. Liverpool University Press. ISBN: 9781789761894.
  • Two part special journal issue “Negotiating Research Ethics in Volatile Contexts”, edited by Abida Bano, Rosa Cordillera A. Castillo, Sarah Holz and Andrea Fleschenberg in  International Quarterly for Asian Studies. Part I, Vol. 53 (4), December 2022 ( and Part II, Vol. 54 (1) March 2023 (
  • Sarah Holz & Abida Bano. 2022. Navigating Respectability in Patriarchal Contexts. International Quarterly for Asian Studies, 53:4.

I am part of the faculty team of the working group Researching in Times of a Pandemic: COVID-19 RM Working Group on Asia in a Transregional Perspective and the initiative Negotiating Research Ethics, as well as co²libri – Conceptual Collaboration: Living Borderless Research Interaction


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