Women's Pathways to Professionalization in Muslim Asia

This project addresses the contemporary religion-profession nexus in Asia’s Muslim societies from the vantage point of vocational professionalization through religious knowledge. While empirically obvious, theoretical and conceptual clarity pertaining to this nexus is lacking. The project intends to bring forward exactly this. It links empirical observations of applied religious knowledge and the conceptualization of professionalization, examined through case studies from Southeast and Central Asia. The lens it looks through is intentionally gender-sensitive, exploring how Muslim women in Asia actively and creatively participate in the production and dissemination of religious knowledge and the formation of new knowledge societies through participation in social activism and the global economy on multiple scales.


Photographs: Tundjung Mahatma​

Research Team

Project Coordinators: Prof. Dr. Claudia Derichs and Prof. Dr. Manja Stephan-Emmrich
Post-Doc: Dr. Faiza Hussain (tbc)
Student Assistant: n.n.

Publications

Derichs, Claudia / Stephan-Emmrich, Manja [2016]: Mobile Muslim Professionals: Transregional Connectivities; in: Contemporary Patterns in Transregional Islam. Middle East Institute, Posted 08 Dec.

Project related Public Events

14/15. April 2016  Workshop: Mobile Muslim Professionals: Trans-regional Connectedness and (Non-State) Cooperation in Asia and the Middle East (Centre for Global Cooperation Research).

Project related Teaching

Summer Term 2020
LOST & FOUND: Following the Tracks of the Transregional (VL MA) 

Winter Term 2019/2020
Mobile Muslim Professionals: Arbeit, religiöses Wissen und weibliche Mobilitäten in Asien und dem Nahen und Mittleren Osten (SE MA)

Summer Term 2019
Mobile Muslim Professionals: Arbeit, religiöses Wissen und weibliche Mobilitäten in Asien und dem Nahen und Mittleren Osten (FS MA)

Cooperation Partners

Dato' Dr. Ahmad Farouk Musa (Islamic Renaissance Front), Malaysia

Dr. Ir. Arianti Ina Restiani Hunga (The Centre for Gender and Child Studies - Satya Wacana Christian University), Indonesia

Chotaeva Cholpon (American University of Central Asia), Kyrgyzstan

Emi Goto (ASNET - the Network for Education and Research on Asia), Japan

Irfan Abubakar (Center for the Study of Religion and Culture - UIN Jakarta), Indonesia

Ilesanmi Adesida (Nazarbaev University), Kazakhstan

Dr. Saodat Olimova (Research Center SHARQ/ORIENS), Tajikistan

Salasika (Indonesian Journal of Gender, Women, Child, and Social Inclusion's Studies)

Syafiq Hasyim (International Center for Islam and Pluralism), Indonesia

Cooperation Partners

Bielefeld University

Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies

Institut für Sinologie, Universität Heidelberg

Institut für Ethnologie, Universität Leipzig

Institute of Asian and African Studies

DFG

DAAD

News

Two workshops at the National University of Singapore

Embodied and Sensorial Knowledge (18 and 19 February 2022)
Organizer: Prof. Dr. Kelvin Low

Alternative Discourses (17 and 18 February 2022)
Organizer: Noorman Abdullah

Situating Knowledge - Kathmandu Conference (Postponed to the beginning of February 2021)

An International Workshop within the  Knowledge Production and Circulation
Workshop organizers : Prof. Dr. Dhruv Raina Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz

Knowledge on the Move: Connectivities, Frontiers, Translations – Tokyo Conference (Postponed to Janurary or February 2021)

An International Workshop within the  Knowledge Production and Circulation
Workshop organizers : Prof. Dr. Claudia Derichs Prof. Dr. Riho Isaka

Exchange program

The DAAD granted Prof. Christiane Brosius four years of funding (2020–2024) on the topic "Urban transformation and placemaking: Fostering Learning from South Asia and Ger­many"


New publications

Pfaff-Czarnecka, J., & Brosius, C. (2019). Shaping Asia: Connectivities, Comparisons, Collaborations. isa.e-Forum, 1-10.​