Dietrich Reetz

Curriculum Vitae 

Senior Research Fellow at the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin.

Research focus:
Alternate Globalities: Global Muslim Networks from South Asia

Senior Lecturer (since 1991) and external faculty member of political science (Privatdozent, since 2003) at the Free University Berlin:
  • Islam and politics 
  • Globalisation
  • Nuclear policy
  • Islamic militancy and radicalism in South Asia
  • South Asian Muslim networks in South East, Central and West Asia
  • Muslims in Europe

Principle Investigator for Political Science / South Asia at Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and Societies at Free University Berlin from 2008

Visiting Professor of South Asian History at Seminar of South Asian History and Civlilization of Humboldt University Berlin, Summer Term 2007

Member of Global Agenda Council on Pakistan 2009, 2011 - 2013 for the World Economic Forum (Davos)

Graduated in International Politics in 1975 (Moscow, Institute of International Relations). Defended PhD dissertation in modern history of South Asia on nation-building in Pakistan and the politics of the military regime under General Zia-ul-Haq at Humboldt University Berlin in 1987.  Worked for the (East) Berlin Academy of Sciences' Research Institute of General History in 1987-1991. Defended postdoctoral Habilitation thesis in political science on "Allah's Kingdom on Earth - the Contestation of the Public Sphere by Islamic Groups in Colonial India (1900-1947)" at Free University Berlin in October 2003 published by Oxford University Press in 2006 (see below). 

Conducted and directed inter-disciplinary project-based research at the ZMO Berlin (Centre for Modern Oriental Studies) between 1992 and 2000, and since 2003, with intermittent association with Humboldt-University Berlin at the Chair of Non-Arabian Islam in 2001-02, funded by the German Research Fund (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) and the Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF):

Executive Board member the Competence network Crossroads Asia (2011-2016, speaker 2012-13) and conducting case study (work package M.4, jointly with Aksana Ismailbekova): In and out of South and Central Asia: Transnational Community-Building in Religious and Ethnic Networks.
The programme is conducted in cooperation with
Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Universities of Bonn,  Munich and the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC). It was financed by a grant from the German Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF) to promote and develop area studies.

Was PI, coordinator and speaker of BMBF research group Muslims in Europe  (2006-09/10) - in cooperation with the universities of Frankfurt/Oder, Hamburg and Halle. The project was financed by a grant from the German Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF) to the total amount of 1.3 mill euros. 

DFG research grant Bridging the gap - Blending Islamic and secular education in new school projects in India and Pakistan(2006-07; supervision)

DFG research grant Transcultural Transfer of Islamic Knowledge - the Dār al-`ulūm Deoband (India)  and the International Islamic University Islamabad (Pakistan)  (2004-05)

DFG research grant The Force of Moral Conviction -  the Islamic Missionary Movement of the Tablighi Jama`at in India and Pakistan and Its Vision of Society (2001-03)

DFG research grant Allah's Kingdom on Earth - The Political Project of Islamic Groups in Colonial India (1900-1947) (1996-2000)

Visited India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, South Africa, Britain, France and the U.S. on various occasions for research and on fellowships. Was a Fellow at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University in the U.S. (spring semester 1992) under a programme of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) sponsored by the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft; and at St Antony's College in Oxford, U.K., (Michaelmas term 1992) under a programme of the VW Foundation.

Regularly contributed to international conferences, such as the European Conferences on Modern South Asian Studies, 1991 - 2016; the Annual Conferences of the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies at Villanova University, PA, 1992 - 2006. Delivered talks on topics such as Kashmir, Central Asia, Globalisation and Islam, the cultural factor in the nuclear arms race in South Asia at seminars and conferences at the Universities of Karachi, Peshawar and Islamabad (Pakistan), at Mumbai, Delhi, and Baroda (India) 1994-2015; and on Global networking of South Asian Muslims at visits to South-East Asia in Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Singapore in 2005-10.

In 2010 his book on "Islam in Europe: Religious Life Today" (Islam in Europa: Religiöses Leben heute) was published by Waxman publisher. Co-edited a themed issue of the journal of "Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East" on "South- South Linkages in Islam" in 2007 (no. 1). Published "Islam in the Public Sphere: Religious Groups in India, 1900-1947" from Oxford University Press in 2006. For a full list of publications, see separate listing


Back to Home Page of Dietrich Reetz


updated 1 September 2016