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

Dr. Sarah Holz

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Dr. Sarah Holz
sarah.holz (at)

Humboldt-Universität → Präsidium → 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
Speaking hours on Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m and Wednesdays, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.. Please book an appointment via moodle, the link to the moodle course is the following:
Mailing address
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin


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.

My monograph Governance of Islam in Pakistan: An institutional study of the Council of Islamic Ideology was published in September 2022 by Sussex Academic.
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-78976-166-5

Pakistan at Seventy-Five: Identity, Governance and Conflict-Resolution in a Post-Colonial Nation-State. Edited by Andrea Fleschenberg, Sarah Holz and Arslan Waheed. Liverpool University Press, 2023. 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) (forthcoming

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.