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


                            FUNDING SLIDER

Women's Pathways to Professionalization in Muslim Asia: Reconfiguring Religious Knowledge, Gender, and Connectivity


This project addresses the contemporary religion-profession nexus in Asia’s Muslim societies from the vantage point of vocational professionalization through religious knowledge. While empirically obvious, theoretical and conceptual clarity pertaining to this nexus is lacking. The project intends to bring forward exactly this. It links empirical observations of applied religious knowledge and the conceptualization of professionalization, examined through case studies from Southeast and Central Asia. The lens it looks through is intentionally gender-sensitive, exploring how Muslim women in Asia actively and creatively participate in the production and dissemination of religious knowledge and the formation of new knowledge societies through participation in social activism and the global economy on multiple scales.


Funded research period: 36 months


The project is funded by DEUTSCHE FORSCHUNGSGEMEINSCHAFT (DFG) and is part of the SHAPING ASIA network.



Project Leaders:      Prof. Dr. Claudia Derichs and Prof. Dr. Manja Stephan-Emmrich

Post-Doc:               Dr. Faiza Muhammad-Din

Student Assistant:   David Amiri (B.A.)





– For a short introduction to our project, please read the feature in the #5 Issue of the IAAW Newsletter (Juli 2019)

– Focus Section on Mediated Politics and the Populist Political Style:





Derichs, Claudia / Stephan-Emmrich, Manja [2016]: Mobile Muslim Professionals: Transregional Connectivities; in: Contemporary Patterns in Transregional Islam. Middle East Institute, Posted 08 Dec. (



26/27. August 2021 Workshop:
A short report about the workshop Religious knowledge, women, and Muslim professionalism.
14/15. April 2016 Workshop:
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Mobile Muslim Professionals: Trans-regional Connectedness and (Non-State) Cooperation in Asia and the Middle East (Centre for Global Cooperation Research).


Winter Term 2021/2022
Summer Term 2021
  • Hajjas, Gelehrte, Unternehmerinnen: Eine Rekonfiguration von weiblicher Mobilität, Islam und Wissen aus transregionaler Perspektive
  • Professional advocacy and activism: case study of a transregional network
Summer Term 2020


Winter Term 2019/2020


Summer Term 2019 





In the context of project-related teaching, we received some beautiful posters from our students which can be viewed here