I knew from the beginning that it would create tensions. On the other hand, I had hoped that the Muslims on the advisory board of the Center for Religious Studies (CRS) would focus on the debate and not demand that I agree with them all. That was a mistake.
– Muhammad Sven Kalisch
Rheinischer Merkur, 16th October, 2008 [translated from German]
Name: Muhammad Sven Kalisch
Position: Professor of Islamic theology
Affiliation: University of Münster
Religion: Shiite Islam (Convert to Islam at age 15)
Kalisch was 15 years old when he converted to Shiite Islam from Protestantism. In 1997, he earned his doctorate at the Faculty of Law and Economics at the Technical University of Darmstadt, the title of his thesis being “Common Sense and Flexibility In the Islamic Legal Methodology” [roughly translated from German]. Kalisch then worked until 2001 as an independent lawyer in Hamburg. In 2002 he specialised in Islamic Studies at the University of Hamburg, studying the Scriptures Fiqh and Usul al-Fiqh in the Zaidiya. Following this, he became a lecturer at the University of Hamburg, teaching Islamic Studies.
Since 2004, Kalisch has been university professor of Islamic Theology at the Center for Religious Studies (CRS) of the Westphalian Wilhelms, University of Muenster. This was also a historical precedent: he was Germany’s first professor of Islamic theology. Kalisch is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Muslim Academy in Germany and also for the Islamic Center of Hamburg.
- Ich bin ein Häretiker (I’m a Heretic)
- Translated excerpts from original german article “Islamic Theology Without the Historical Muhammad – Comments on the Challenges of the Historical-Critical Method for Islamic Thinking,”
- Ursprünglicher artikel auf Deutsch (original article in German)
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