Jens Scheiner

AGYA Alumni Jointly building bridges into the future

 Jens Scheiner
  • Islamic Studies

Areas of Expertise:
Near Eastern history (600–1500); Islamic religion; Hadith studies

2013 - 2018


University of Göttingen, Germany

Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies
Heinrich-Düker-Weg 14
37073 Göttingen

+49 551 392 178 0
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About me

When I think of my time in AGYA, I recall wonderful moments that I spent with my Arab and German colleagues in Cairo, Amman, and Beirut, as well as in Berlin, Hamburg, and Halle. Beside endless personal talks about academia, potential joint projects, and common visions, I realized a number of interdisciplinary projects with the Working Group ‘Common Heritage and Common Challenges’, which I co-headed from 2013 to 2016. Among the major projects that I conducted in AGYA were the international conference ‘Fluid Nature, Fluid Cultures: Malta and the Mediterranean’ (co-funded by the Volkswagen Foundation) and the art-meets-science exhibition project ‘Eine Flucht in Bildern’. These unconventional interdisciplinary projects would not have been possible without AGYA’s fresh and vibrant approach to new collaborative formats. As an alumnus, I am excited to continue supporting similar outside-of-the-box projects envisioned by AGYA’s members.

My Commitment to AGYA
Former Member in Charge of the Working Group 'Common Heritage and Common Challenges' 2013–2016
My advice to future AGYA members

AGYA offers many great opportunities – use them well!

On a personal note

Must read in my discipline:
Muhammad and the Believers: At the Origins of Islam by Fred M. Donner

Favourite novel:
Die Vermessung der Welt (Measuring the World) by Daniel Kehlmann