AGYA Member

Stefan Maneval

Arabic & Islamic Studies

Areas of Expertise:
Middle East and Islamic Studies with a Regional Focus on the Levant and the Arabian Peninsula, Urban Studies, Architecture, Art, Material Culture, Theology of Religions, Gender Studies

About me

Since 2018, I hold a position as a Research Associate at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. My current research project, funded through a grant of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), focusses on contemporary theological discourse on religious differences in Lebanon. This discourse interests me because it revolves around the broader question of how we can accept human differences – different attitudes, ethics and world views.
Previously, I investigated architecture and societal change in Saudi Arabia for my PhD. My inquiry into gendered public and private spaces in the city of Jeddah in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries has been published as a book entitled New Islamic Urbanism by UCL Press (London, 2019). I also co-edited Muslim Matter (Berlin, 2016), a photo book dealing with the diversity of everyday Muslim life and material culture.
As an AGYA member, I am eager to engage in interdisciplinary projects on the intersection of art, architecture, literature, historical and anthropological research.

Current projects

  • Member of the AGYA Working Group Common Heritage and Common Challenges and Transformation

Academic Career


since 2018


Research Associate (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, grant provided by the BMBF), Dept. of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany


2017 - 2018


Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Orient-Institut Beirut, Lebanon


2016 - 2017


Assistant Professor (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter), Dept. of Social Sciences and Theology, Europa-Universität Flensburg, Germany




Ph.D. in Islamic Studies (Free University Berlin)


2010 - 2015


Doctoral candidate, Berlin Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and Societies, Free University Berlin, Germany




M.A. (Magister) in Islamic Studies, Art History, Middle Eastern Archaeology (Free University Berlin)


Selected Publications

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Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies

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