Center for Islamic Theology

Profile

The Center for Islamic Theology (ZITh) was founded formally as part of the University of Tübingen in 2011 to offer degree programs in Islamic theology and related religious studies. Teaching at the Center began in the winter semester of 2011/12 with an undergraduate program entitled "Islamic Theology" followed by a teacher’s education course, "Islamic Religious Education" in winter semester of 2013/14. Currently, 210 students study at the Center across our various degrees programs which include “Islamic Theology” (BA), “Islamic Religious Education” (B. / M. Ed.), “Islamic Theology in the European Context” (MA) and "Practical Islamic Theology for Pastoral Care and Social Work" (MA).

 

The founding of the ZITh was due to a need identified by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) leading to the establishment of Islamic centers of theology in Germany (marking the 1st and 2nd funding phase 10/2011 to 09/2021, respectively). This has subsequently led to the creation of four other centers of Islamic Theology namely, Erlangen, Frankfurt, Münster and Osnabrück. Their establishment has initiated a dynamic exchange and cooperation of research and teaching creating innovative approaches to the contemporary study of Islam.

In the development of its programs, the ZITh is supported by a confessional committee formed by three organizations, DITIB (Diyanet Isleri Türk-Islam Birligi), IGBD (Islamic Community of Bosniaks in Germany) and VIKZ (National Association of Islamic Cultural Centers) as well as two independent Muslim experts. The Advisory Council helps provide support on matters concerning theology and doctrinal issues within the Center’s academic programs.

 

The international composition of the ZITh’s personnel is reflected in the teaching, research and collaborative projects with which it is involved. Such projects extend to national and international universities in North Africa, Turkey, South Eastern European countries as well as in France, Italy, Hungary and Great Britain.

In research, the ZITh’s expertise stretches across the breadth of classical Islamic disciplines as well as contemporary academic debates. This research profile is fostered by, though not limited to, the Professorial Chairs of the Center.