Call for proposals: "Islam, the modern nation state and transnational movements"

Gerda Henkel Stiftung, Düsseldorf, Germany

Gerda Henkel Stiftung
Malkastenstrasse 15
40211 Düsseldorf

Phone: +49 (0)211 93 65 24 - 0
Fax: +49 (0)211 93 65 24 - 44

Applications are invited for funding research scholarships and research projects. PhD scholarships are only granted in connection with a research project.

This special programme is aimed at researchers who, with an eye to current developments, are examining the emergence of political movements in the Islamic world at the national and/or transnational level. Historical studies are encouraged and supported, together with projects in the areas of religious, cultural or political science: What emancipatory, what modern elements does political Islam promise and integrate? What developments, what connections, what similarities in the key categories, interpretations and claims are to be drawn between pan-Arabism and pan-Islamism at the close of the 19th century and the movements of today? What historical self-descriptions are recognizable in the concepts? Via what specific ideas of communalisation can social radicalisation and mobilisation for violence be legitimised?

The special programme takes a look at the dynamics between Islamic teachings, Islamism, nationalism and transnational orientations and environments. Scientific discussion of the countries and regions of the Islamic world should bring together expertise possessing regional and thematic focus in order to allow the problems associated with areas of conflict to be expounded upon, particularly with regard to global influences and processes of cultural exchange.

Proposals will be supported that address the particularities and contexts of cultural and historical environments and relationships. The projects' deliverables should be able to make a contribution to diverse and expert discussions in public and political circles.

Academic coordination is provided by the Institut für Diaspora- und Genozidforschung in Bochum, led by Prof. Dr. Mihran Dabag (tel. +49 234 32 29702, email: The Foundation's Board of Trustees decides on the applications on the basis of recommendation by expert referees and members of the Academic Advisory Committee.

Contact: Thomas Podranski, M.A., Project Manager Special Programmes Islam, the Modern Nation State and Transnational Movements / Security, Society and the State,

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