From March 2017 until March 2022 I was working as a Postdoc at the Department for Religious Studies and Intercultural Theology at the Faculty of Theology (University of Rostock).
My PhD thesis Die gegenwärtige salafistische Szene in Deutschland – Prediger und Anhänger [The contemporary Salafist Scene in Germany – Preachers and Adherents] contains a multilevel field-research in the current Salafi-Scene of Germany. It was accepted as a dissertation at the Department of Religious Studies at the Georg-August-University of Göttingen in the year 2017.
I aquired two Bachelor- and two Master-degrees (100 percent) in History and in Religious Studies at the Ruhr-University of Bochum.
Furthermore, I was a member of the governance board of the X. Zukunftsforum Islam (Federal Center for Political Education) with the focus on “Islamic welfare work in the discussion: Duties and responsibilities and civil society´s perspections in the migration society”. In this regard I ´ve been the host of the workshop: “Medical assisted suicide and terminal care by muslim patients: Perspektives, controversies und experiences”.
As scientist, I decided myself for the knowledge (#fürdasWissen entscheiden – an initiative of the German Research Community, DFG)
In addition, I get involved with the interreligious dialogue, that is the foundation for a peaceful societal cooperation in my estimation. Beyond that, I offer individual consulting, lectures and concepts to the following topics:
- Culturally sensitive consulting
- Religious fundamentalism and extremism, esp. Salafism in Germany and Europe
- Prevention- and De-Radicalisation-Prospects towards violent (religious) actors
- the different characteric forms of Jihadism
- further radical islamic movements, for instance Al-Qaida and the Islamic State
- the interreligious practice, the possibilities of civil society engagement and cooperation of different (religious) groups.
In my opinion a wise society shall be measured at its acquaintance with its detractors. With regard to different religious and socio-political conceivabilities there shall be the continous attempt to meet each other with an open sight. Different opinions can operate revitalized for a pluralistic society – as far as they don´t clip or qualify others civil liberties.
I try to keep this claim alive with my research, lectures and consulting, because:
“A verdict can be examined, but never a prejudice.”
(Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)