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Kalām, Islamic Philosophy and Mysticism

Profile of the professorship

The Islamic intellectual history is multifaceted. Not only do the traditional writings of the Islamic tradition bear witness to this, but also the formative scholars of the same are diverse, both in their basic training and in their intellectual work. Therefore the interweaving of Kalam, Islamic philosophy and mysticism is not an external act. The reception and continuation of the Neoplatonic and Peripatetic tradition has been taken up both in terms of method and content with equal intensity, both philosophically and theologically. At the latest, the discourse between Ibn Rušd and al-Ġazālī shows - however much the thoughts and premises may differ from one another - that both areas share the same origin and one object. And yet Kalām, Islamic philosophy and mysticism stand independently on their own foundations, indeed they function, as it were, as a challenge for one another.

The professorship for Kalam, Islamic Philosophy and Mysticism thus includes three disciplines of Islamic scholarship. In their unity, they form a basic discipline at the Center for Islamic Theology insofar as systematic theology, its philosophical foundation and spiritual foundation historically classify and systematize fundamental religious questions and work out their significance and normativity for our present.

"Sufism: The Spiritual Heart of Islam"

A zoom talk by Raid Al-Daghistani

Thursday │14. January 2021 │ 6 p.m. s.t. – 7 p.m.

Sufism represents the mystical-spiritual tradition of Islam. But where does the Arabic term taṣawwuf actually come from and how can Sufism be precisely located within the Islamic religion? What is the essence of Sufism and what are the basic characteristics of “way” and “science”? Dr. Raid Al-Daghistani in his lecture “Sufism: The Spiritual Heart of Islam”.

Muhammad Iqbal and "The Message from the East"

Lecture by Prof. Dr. Ahmad Milad Karimi

Thursday │21. January 2021│6pm s.t – 7.30pm│Digital event via Zoom │Pre-registration not required

Muhammad Iqbal (1877–1938) is one of the most important figures in Islamic thought in the 20th century. He is the only one who has written a Muslim answer to Dante's La Divina Commedia and the first and so far the only one who has written an answer to Goethe's West-Eastern Divan: “The Message of the East”. The aim of the lecture, after a brief introduction to the person, the work and the main features of his path of thought, is to take a closer look at his relationship to Goethe and especially his message from the East.

NEW RELEASE: Volume 2 by Falsafa. Yearbook of Islamic Philosophy of Religion

Falsafa. Yearbook for Islamic Philosophy of Religion, Volume 2: Reason and Revelation

With the assistance of Raid Al-Daghistani
Edited by Ahmad Milad Karimi

The second volume of the falsafa yearbook for the Islamic philosophy of religion with the title "Reason and Revelation" reflects the question of "Revelation" not only from an Islamic-religious-philosophical perspective, but also from a Jewish, Christian and intercultural point of view.

Lecture on the life and work of Mohammad Iqbal

On Wednesday, January 29, 2020, Professor Ahmad Milad Karimi gave a lecture on the life and work of Mohammad Iqbal in Heidelberg as part of an event organized by the “Interreligious House of Silence and Prayer Heidelberg” and “Teilseiend”.

Text reading: "Kitāb al-Mawāqif"

Text reading: "Kitāb al-Mawāqif"
Voluntary advanced seminar on Islamic mysticism
Lecturer: Dr. Raid Al-Daghistani

Also in the summer semester 2020, Dr. Raid Al-Daghistani offered the students of the Westphalian Wilhelms-Universität Münster to read the work “Kitāb al-Mawāqif” by the Muslim mystic of ʿAbd al-Ǧabbār an-Niffarī (d. 965).

Conference: Religion and Aesthetics

22-23 November 2019, Johannisstraße 4, room JO 101

The aim of the interreligious and interdisciplinary conference is to take account of the complex field of evil in the area of ​​tension between religious and cinematic-serial narration. Above all, the complex issue of evil should be brought closer from an aesthetic point of view, so that the different perspectives open the way to, on the one hand, be able to thematize the intrareligious viewpoints on the reality of evil and, on the other hand, in the mirror and interwoven with the cinematic-serial staging of the Evil to take up the question of the same again.

Call for Papers Falsafa. Yearbook for Islamic Philosophy of Religion - Religion and Enlightenment, 3rd volume

The third edition of the publication falsafa. Yearbook for Islamic Philosophy of Religion is dedicated to the diverse areas of tension between religion and the Enlightenment. On the one hand, the factual and phenomenologically noticeable necessity of enlightenment in various areas of Islamic intellectual life must be addressed. On the other hand, the theoretical possibilities must be elicited and articulated that can bring us closer to this purpose.
Abstracts (maximum 2 pages) by 10.12.2019 to [email protected]
Read more and German version

In the footsteps of Ibn Rušd: Religion versus Philosophy - (Young Scientists Symposium, Sept. 11-14, 2019, Seville, Spain)

The symposium marked the successful start of a series that deals with philosophy and Islam in Europe and is to be continued in the coming years with study trips to Palermo, Paris, Istanbul, Sarajevo and Córdoba.

"Days of World Religions: Mysticism of Islam"

Seminar 15.-18. July 2019

The seminar, which took place as part of the “Days of World Religion” from July 15 to 18, 2019 in the Bildungshaus St. Bernried, was dedicated to the mystical dimension of Islam. Raid Al-Daghistani presented Sufism in its diversity and introduced the basic concepts of Islamic spirituality. Thematically in the foreground were: the path of knowledge of the Sufis, the stages and states of the mystical path in Islam, the spiritual practices and rituals as well as the meaning of internal jihad. In this context, the image of Jesus in the Koran was examined and questions about the common foundation between Christianity and Islam were investigated.

"The Resurrection from the Dead - Eschatological Issues from an Islamic Perspective"

"The Resurrection from the Dead - Eschatological Issues from an Islamic Perspective"

In the area of ​​hospice work and palliative care, it is becoming increasingly important for those involved in this area to learn more about death and dying and the associated cultural and religious images and motifs that work consciously or unconsciously in people.
Daniel Roters held on June 5th. at the Philosophical-Theological University Sankt Augustin gave a lecture entitled “The Resurrection from the Dead - Eschatological Issues from an Islamic Perspective”.

Iqbal Day (2019): The Intercultural with Muhammad Iqbal

On April 25, 2019, the Muhammad Iqbal Research Center the second Iqbal day under the title The intercultural in Muhammad Iqbal at the Center for Islamic Theology in Münster.
The event was initiated by greetings from the director of the Muhammad Iqbal Research Center Prof. Dr. Ahmad Milad Karimi. Daniel Roters outlined the previous research work and the next goals of the research center. Prof. Dr. Mohamed Turki, a leading figure in intercultural philosophy, gave the lecture entitled The Intercultural in the Thought and Work of Muhammad Iqbal. The evening was rounded off with multilingual recitations of individual poems by Iqbal, accompanied by the musician Soodabeh Samiei.

"Contemplation and Invocation in the Islamic-Mystical Tradition"

As part of this year's Iftar event organized by the "IRFAN - Students and Academics Association Osnabrück", Dr. Raid Al-Daghistani gave a guest lecture with the title: “Contemplation and invocation in the Islamic-mystical tradition. A path from silence to silence ”.

"In conversation between religions, spirituality is what unites"

In the book “In the Heart of Spirituality. How Muslims and Christians can meet ”explains Prof. Dr. Ahmad Milad Karimi with the Benedictine priest and author Anselm Grün the similarities and differences between the religions.

Invitation to Iqbal Day 2019

The intercultural in Muhammad Iqbal
April 25, 2019, 4 p.m. c.t.
Johannisstraße 4, room JO 101

The Muhammad Iqbal Research Center would like to create a framework for the revival of systematic research into the works of Muhammad Iqbal on European soil and to support scientists and young scientists who are researching Iqbal.

Short report on the conference on religion and aesthetics on December 14th and 15th

Religions are mediated aesthetically. Not only religious practice, but the religious habitus in general, takes place in aesthetic acts. What significance and what status does the sensual reception of religious sources have? And what is the importance of the aesthetic approach ...

2. Symposium for young scholars in Islamic theology Philosophy - Kalām Studies - Mysticism

The work area "Kalām, Islamic Philosophy and Mysticism" of the ZIT under the direction of Prof. Dr. For the second time, Ahmad Milad Karimi organized a symposium for young scientists ...

Falsafa: Call for Papers

The second edition of the Yearbook of Islamic Philosophy of Religion deals with the subject: Revelation. How can revelation be thought of? How does the understanding relate to revelation and how can its claim be rationally explained? In short: how is revelation possible? In Islam, the Koran is regarded as a revelation from God. But what does revelation mean if it manifests itself verbally?

Meaning of life from an Islamic perspective

On September 14, 2018, Prof. Dr. Ahmad Milad Karimi gave a lecture on the meaning of life from an Islamic perspective for the Philosophical Society at the Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences.

Home, flight and exile experience

On September 13, 2018, Prof. Dr. Ahmad Milad Karimi gave a lecture on the subject of homeland, flight and exile experience at the Protestant parish Altenkirchen on the island of Rügen ...

Sound of faith

On September 5, 2018, Prof. Dr. Ahmad Milad Karimi took part in a panel discussion with the Saarland Prime Minister Tobis Hans ...

Knowing and Tasting: Outline of Mystical Epistemology

With his lecture "Knowing and Tasting: Outline of the Mystical Epistemology in Abū Ḥāmid al-Ġazālī", Dr. Raid Al-Daghistani the specialist colloquium organized by Prof. Yaşar Sarıkaya (University of Giessen) with the overarching motto "Pioneers of Islamic Theology" ...

To understand death in Islamic mysticism

There are also many points of contact between near-death experiences and mystical experiences. In this context, Dr. Raid Al-Daghistani gave a lecture on understanding death in Islamic mysticism.

Qualification of cultural mediators

Daniel Roters, research assistant at the Center for Islamic Theology in Münster, helped train cultural mediators in Münster ...


On May 27th, Dr. Raid Al-Daghistani, research assistant at the Center for Islamic Theology (Münster), at the invitation of the Islamic University Community. V. Hamburg gave a lecture on "Tasawwuf - The Science of the Purification of the Heart". The lecture took place in the lecture hall of the Centrum Mosque Hamburg.
In this context ...

District assembly of the UMC

Daniel Roters visits Dresden

On 10/11 April 2018 Daniel Roters, research assistant at the Center for Islamic Theology, was a guest of the assembly of the Dresden District of the Evangelical Methodist Church (UMC). First, the participants of the district assembly met in the Immanuelkirche in Dresden. There, Superintendent Christhard Rüdiger opened the week and greeted everyone present. Afterwards, all participants visited ...

The ring parable - literary and theological aspects

Further training for priests ordination year 1975/76

The training with the title "The Ring Parable - literary and theological aspects" invited the participants to deal with the genesis and interpretation in relation to Lessing's ring parable. In the course of the conference, the participants should deal with the question of tolerance and the question of the religion's claim to truth. In the first part of the training ...

The Koran as a declaration of love from God

On January 25, 2018, a lecture by Prof. Dr. Ahmad Milad Karimi on the subject of "The Koran as God's declaration of love". In his remarks, Prof. Karimi tried to clarify the self-image of Muslims in dealing with the Koran and promoted the peaceful coexistence of religions. The event turned out to be a ...

Kitāb al-Mawāqif

Kitāb al-Mawāqif is considered a literary masterpiece of Islamic mysticism, which was eagerly studied by later Sufis such as Ibn ʿArabī and at-Tilimsānī. The originality of this work consists in the fact that it represents a remarkable collection of deeply individual, inner divine inspirations, which the author expresses in 77 chapters with great poetic and philosophical subtlety. The work is extremely precise ...

Iqbal Day 2017

To get to the place of the self, that is, to live

On December 14, 2017, the Muhammad Iqbal Research Center, founded in January 2017, organized the first Iqbal Day, which is dedicated to the memory of the Muslim poet-philosopher Muhammad Iqbal. Over 80 guests started the day with a program that included a scientific lecture, readings and a musical concert. The event was initiated by greetings ...

How we speak of God (together)

Interreligious seminar project

In the period from January 12-14, 2018, an interreligious block seminar entitled “Talking Together About God” was offered in cooperation between the Catholic Theological Faculty, the Evangelical Theological Faculty and the Center for Islamic Theology. The seminar took place with the participation of Dr. Vasile-Octavian Mihoc, Dr. Raid Al-Daghistani, Andree Burke (Mag. Theol.), Elif Emirahmetoglu (M.A.), ...

Hospice and palliative day

Death and grief in different cultures

At the invitation of the Ministry of Economics, Labor and Health and the State Working Group on Hospice and Palliative Medicine, experts from various disciplines took part in a symposium on the subject of "Death and mourning in different cultures". The aim of the conference was to develop an understanding of death and how to deal with it from the perspective of Judaism ...

Literature and the Spiritual Traditions

Impact of Islamic Mysticism on German Romanticism

Between November 30th and December 1st, the international symposium entitled “Literature and European Spiritual Traditions” was organized in cooperation between The Slovenian Comparative Literature Association and the Faculty of Philosophy in Ljubljana. The symposium organized by JAK RS ...