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Dr. Katajun Amirpur

Lecture : "Straight Paths" - Religious Pluralism in Contemporary Islamic Thought
Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 at 11.30


Dr. Katajun Amirpur, born 1971, is Professor of Islamic Studies with a focus on Iranian and Shia-related studies at the University of Cologne. She previously taught at the Universities of Hamburg and Zurich. Katajun Amirpur studied Islamic Studies and Political Science at the University of Bonn, as well as Shiite Theology in Tehran. She received her doctorate in 2000 on Shiite Koran exegesis (Abdolkarim Soruš' Denken und Wirkung in der Islamischen Republik Iran) and habilitated with a thesis on the Shiite theologian and long-time director of the Islamic Centre Hamburg (1970-78), Mohammad Modschtahed Shabestari. In May 2011 she was accepted into the editorial board of the political-scientific monthly journal „Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik“. As a freelance journalist she writes for the „Die Zeit“, „Süddeutsche Zeitung“, „taz“ and among others.
 
Reserach topics:
Since the early 1990s, her research has an international focus on countries in the Islamic world which place particular emphasis on:

  • Reform discourses in Islam
  • Shi'a Islam
  • Islam & Gender
  • Iranian Intellectual History

 
Main Publications:

  • Rereading Male Chauvinism: Muslim Women's Approach to Their Holy Text, in: Gender and Religious Leadership.Edited by H. Bomhoff, D. L. Eger, K. Ehrensperger, W. Homolka, S. 267 - 288, London 2019: Lexington.
  • #ItsMensTurn: Of Hashtags and Shii Discourses in Iran, in: Ways of Knowing Muslim Cultures and Societies. Studies in Honour of Gudrun Krämer, S. 301-309, Leiden 2019: Brill. 
  • Reformislam. Der Kampf für Demokratie, Freiheit und Frauenrechte, München 2019: C. H. Beck, 3. Auflage.
  • Iranian Godfathers of Islamic Socialism - "It is the Marxists who have learned it from Islam", in: Muslims and Capitalism, An Uneasy Relationship, Baden-Baden  2018: Ergon.
  • Gender in the Iranian Constitution, Oriente Moderno 98 (2018), S. 265-283, Leiden 2018: Brill.
  • The Role of Social Media in Democratisation Processes: An Iranian Case Study, in: Islam in der Moderne, Moderne im Islam. Eine Festschrift für Reinhard Schulze zum 65. Geburtstag, S. 472-495, Leiden 2018: Brill.Der schiitische Islam, Stuttgart 2016: Reclam.
  • Newthinking in Islam. The Jihad for Freedom, Democracy and Women’s Rights. Englische Übersetzung von: Den Islam neu denken, London 2015.
  • „Sunna gegen Schia – Schia gegen Sunna“. Zürich 2013, Schriftenreihe Vontobel Stiftung.
  • Unterwegs zu einem anderen Islam – Texte iranischer Denker. Aus dem Persischen übersetzt und mit einer Einleitung versehen, Freiburg im Breisgau 2009.
  • Mit Ludwig Amman: Islam am Wendepunkt: Liberale und Konservative Reformer einer Weltreligion, Freiburg 2006.