Dossier: Mouhanad Khorchide

Mouhanad Khorchide (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

Dispute about Prof Mouhanad Khorchide

A conflict of many layers

The dispute about Mouhanad Khorchide, director of the Centre for Islamic Theology at the University of Münster, is heating up. Although the conflict is ostensibly about the "correct" interpretation of Islam, it is also an attempt by the Islamic associations in Germany to make a show of strength to politicians. The dispute has dire consequences for the discipline of Islamic theology, which is still in its infancy in Germany. By Canan TopçuMore

Junge Frauen auf der Deutschen Islam-Konferenz in Berlin 2013; Foto: picture-alliances/dpa

Muslims in Germany

Nice and Mild Sharia

Muslims should engage and transform this society. This would require them, however, to overcome the fear of being liked by some. Or is the only good Muslim a rejected Muslim? An essay by Charlotte WiedemannMore

A finger pointing at verses of the Koran (photo: Ulrike Hummel/DW)

Mouhanad Khorchide's Reformist Theology

De-politicizing the Koran

Mouhanad Khorchide aims to reconcile Islam with the modern world. His aim is to liberate the Koran from all outward trappings and return to the religion's spiritual core Claudia Mende introduces the man and his workMore

Mouhanad Khorchide (photo: University of Münster/Peter Grewer)

Interview with Mouhanad Khorchide

''God Is Not A Dictator''

The Koran has thus far been subjected to erroneous interpretation, says Mouhanad Khorchide, professor of Islamic Religious Education at the University of Munster. Khorchide is calling for an emancipation of the faith. Interview by Arnfrid Schenk and Martin SpiewakMore

Noha Abdel-Hady at the kick-off event for the post-graduate programme (photo: Christoph Dreyer)

Post-graduate Programme on Islamic Theology

''Muslim Theologians are Instigators of Change''

Islamic theology is still a very new academic discipline at German universities. It is hoped that a new nationwide post-graduate programme will boost its development, lead to increased representation of Muslims in Germany, and lay the groundwork for the training of state schoolteachers of Islam. As Christoph Dreyer reports, expectations are high all roundMore