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Luther's Qur'an. Pro/claiming the Christian Reformation in Early Twentieth Century Cairo

Initiative: "Originalitätsverdacht?" Neue Optionen für die Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften (beendet)
Ausschreibung: Komm! ins Offene...
Bewilligung: 15.05.2017
Laufzeit: 1 Jahr


What lies behind the modern Muslim fascination with the Christian reformation? How did Martin Luther become a symbol of religious renewal for Egyptian reformers? What were the mechanisms of appropriating the Christian reformation in Muslim reform projects of the early twentieth century? The project Luther's Qur'an offers a fresh perspective on Christian and Muslim religious reform discourses. Here the accent is not on what the sixteenth-century Martin Luther thought about Islam, but more on what modern Muslim intellectuals thought of what Luther did and the ways in which they sought to emulate him in the early twentieth century, a period of intense cultural and political encounters in the context of colonialism and the struggle for national self-determination. By revisiting these discourses in the cultural and religious politics of the 1920s & 30s, the project seeks to explore how the success of the Christian reformation became integral to local Egyptian reformist debates. For while Muslim theologians were proclaiming a reformed Islam modelled after the Christian reformation, they were also claiming the Christian reformation as authentically part of Islam. This project contributes to a better understanding of the entangled histories of modern religious reform.


  • Prof. Dr. Islam Dayeh

    Freie Universität Berlin
    Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften
    Seminar für Semitistik und Arabistik