About the Department

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With the establishment of the Department of Islamic-Theological Studies at the Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies of the University of Vienna on January 1, 2017, an important institutional framework was created for the establishment of Islamic theology and religious education in research and teaching as well as for education in these areas in Austria. In addition to Islamic theology, the Department also offers Alevi theology, which gives it a special position in the entire European area.

The establishment of the Department is intended to advance Islamic theology and religious education in teaching and research. Establishing research networks, promoting cooperation and closing the gaps in knowledge are of great importance to the Department. At the same time, the Department places particular emphasis on the solid academic education of theologians and religious education teachers.