Short CV/Education and training


  • 1990
    Magister Artium degree (MA) (Thesis title: Mohammed Arkoun and Islamic philosophy), Institute of Islamic Studies, Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, Germany

  • 1992
    Doctorate (Dissertation title: Arab Averroism: The reception of Ibn Rushd in the Arab world of the 20th century), Institute of Islamic Studies, FU Berlin

  • 2000
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) (Thesis title: The orchestration of a dynasty: Historiography under the early Emirate of Bukhara (1747-1826)), Department of Oriental and Islamic Studies, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany


  • 1990 – 1992
    Research associate/teaching assistant, Department of Oriental and Islamic Studies, Ruhr University Bochum

  • 1992 – 1998
    Adjunct professor, Department of Oriental and Islamic Studies, Ruhr University Bochum

  • 1999 – 2000
    Visiting professor, Department of History and Culture of the Middle East, University of Hamburg, Germany

  • Since 2000
    Professor, Institute for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Bern, Switzerland

Selected publications

  • "Progressiver Islam" im ausgehenden Zarenreich: Das Plädoyer des St. Petersburger Imams und Regierungsbeamten Ataulla Bajazitov (1846-1911) für die Partizipation der Muslime an der modernen Zivilisation, in: Asiatische Studien 3 (2013) 927-964.

  • "The poison of philosophy": Ibn Taymiyya's struggle for and against reason, in: Birgit Krawietz and Georges Tamer (eds.): Islamic Theology, Philosophy and Law: Debating Ibn Taymiyya and Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, Berlin: de Gruyter, 2013, pp. 253-328.

  • Muslimische Theologen und Philosophen im Wett- und Widerstreit um die Ratio: Ein Thesenpapier zum Diktum der "Vernunftreligion" Islam im 11.-14. Jahrhundert, in: Asiatische Studien 64 (2010), 601-648.

  • Disputy musul'manskich religioznych avtoritetov v Central'noj Azii v XX veke/Disputes on Muslim Authority in Central Asia in the 20th Century, izdateli: Bakhtiyar M. Babajanov, Ashirbek Muminov, Anke von Kügelgen, Almaty: Daik Press, 2007.

  • Die Legitimierung der mittelasiatischen Mangitendynastie in den Werken ihrer Historiker (18.-19. Jahrhundert), Istanbul/Würzburg: Ergon Verlag, 2002.

    (Translated into Russian: Legitimacia sredneaziatskoj dinastii Mangitov v proizvedenijach ich istorikov (XVIII-XIX vv.), Almaty: Daik Press, 2004).

  • Muslim Culture in Russia and Central Asia, vol. 3: Arabic, Persian and Turkic Manuscripts, ed. by Anke von Kügelgen, Ashirbek Muminov and Michael Kemper, Berlin: Klaus Schwarz Verlag, 2000.

  • Muslim Culture in Russia and Central Asia from the 18th to the Early 20th Centuries, vol. 2: Inter-Regional and Inter-Ethnic Relations, ed. by Anke von Kügelgen, Michael Kemper, Allen J. Frank, Berlin: Klaus Schwarz Verlag, 1998.

  • Muslim Culture in Russia and Central Asia from the 18th to the Early 20th Centuries [vol. 1], ed. by Michael Kemper, Anke von Kügelgen und Dmitriy Yermakov, Berlin: Klaus Schwarz Verlag, 1996.

  • Averroes und die arabische Moderne: Ansätze zu einer Neubegründung des Rationalismus im Islam, Leiden [et. al.]: E.J. Brill, 1994.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Grundriss der Geschichte der Philosophie (Ueberweg) (Ueberweg's "Compendium of the history of philosophy"): Philosophy in the Islamic world (ongoing)

    Directors: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Rudolph, Prof. Dr. Anke von Kügelgen, Prof. Dr. Renate Würsch. This project is funded, in part, by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF, Bern)

  • "Islamic Education in the Soviet Union and the CIS".

    Duration: 2002 – 2004. Directors: Prof. Dr. Fikret Adanir (Bochum), Prof. Dr. Anke von Kügelgen (Bern), Prof. Dr. Stefan Reichmuth (Bochum); coordinator: Dr. Raoul Motika (Heidelberg/Bochum); project partners: Tatarstan (Russia), Department of History, Kazan University; Daghestan (Russia), Institute for History, Anthropology, and Archaeology, Makhachkala; Azerbaijan, Institute for Oriental Studies, Academy of Science, Baku; Uzbekistan, Tashkent State University of Oriental Studies; Kazakhstan, Institute for Oriental Studies, Academy of Science, Almaty. This project was funded by the Volkswagen Foundation(VW-Stiftung, Hannover)

  • "Muslim culture in Russia and Central Asia from the 18th to the 20th centuries"

    Duration: 1995 – 1998. Director: Prof. Dr. Stefan Reichmuth; coordinators: Anke von Kügelgen, Michal Kemper; project partners: France, EHESS/CNRS/PRI (Monde musulman périphérique), IFEAC (Tashkent), (Prof. Dr. A. Popovic, Dr. T. Zarcone, Dr. S. A. Dudoignon); Russia, Information and Research Institute "Yermakov", Saint Petersburg, (Dr. D. Yermakov); Russia, Institute for Oriental Studies, Saint Petersburg (Prof. Dr. O. Akimuskin); Russia, Kazan State University (Prof. Dr. M. Usmanov); Russia, Bashkir Pedagogical State Institute, Ufa, (Prof. Dr. F. Xisamitdinova); Russia, Institute for History, Archaeology and Ethnography of the Daghestan Scientific Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Makhachkala, (Prof. Dr. A. Sixsaidov); Uzbekistan, State Institute for Oriental Studies, Tashkent, (Dr. A. Muminov). This project was financed by the International Association for the Promotion of Cooperation with Scientists from the New Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (INTAS, Brussels)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Review panel: Special programme "Central Asia", Gerda Henkel Foundation

  • Deputy chair of the scientific advisory committee to the OII (Orient Institute Istanbul, Max Weber Foundation), since 2009

  • Member of the planning committee of the Graduate School at IASH (Institute of Advanced Study in the Social Sciences and the Humanities), University of Bern, 2009 – 2010

  • Member of the scientific advisory committee to the OIB (Orient Institute Beirut, Max Weber Foundation), 2005 – 2009


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