Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Institute of Asian and African Studies

Dr. Sarah Holz

Dr. Sarah Holz

Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät → Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften → Kulturen und Gesellschaften Südasiens
Visiting address
Invalidenstraße 118 , Room 216
Phone number
(030) 2093-66058
(030) 2093-66048
Consultation hours
Tuesdays, 2-4pm. Due to the measures regarding the Corona-Virus consultation hours are only offered via zoom after previous registration via moodle ( Please mind the note below.
Mailing address
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin



Courses in the summer semester 2021

Lost in Translation? Die Geopolitik von Sprache und Wissen in Südasien


Dr. Sarah Holz is program coordinator for the MA "Modern South Asian and Southeast Asian Studies" (since 24th May 2021). She is contact person for all students who study the MA "Modern South and Southeast Asian Studies".

Please note: Documents relevant to a visiting hour can be submitted by email or can be uploaded upon registration via Moodle. Urgently required documents/confirmations will also be handed to students as scans and provisional documents sent via email.



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. Previously, I have worked as Teaching and Research Fellow at the Department of South Asian Studies, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany (2016-2017). In 2011-2012 I was Program Coordinator for Hanns Seidel Foundation, Pakistan Office. I received my PhD in political science from Freie Universität Berlin, being part of the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, and 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.

From September 2020 to May 2021 I was a visiting fellow at the Chair of Transregional South East Asian Studies (Institute of Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) (DAAD-Rückkehr Stipendium). I have been involved in the BUA research cooperation CO2LIBRI – Conceptual Collaboration Living Borderless Research Interaction, funded by the Berlin Centre for Global Engagement as well as in the Study Group Researching in Times of a Pandemic – COVID 19 RM Working Group on Pakistan, organising an online lecture series and an early career researcher colloquium. Together with my colleagues Dr. Abida Bano (University of Peshawar), Dr. Rosa C. Castillo (IAAW) and PD Dr. Andrea Fleschenberg (IAAW) I am part of the guest editorial team for the special journal issue “Negotiating Research Ethics in Volatile Contexts”, forthcoming with the International Quarterly for Asian Studies in early 2022. In addition, I am currently working on a monograph, titled Governance of Islam in Pakistan: An Institutional Study of the Council of Islamic Ideology (forthcoming with Sussex Academics Press).