University platform for research on Islam

Initiated by
the Federation
of European

Supported by
the International
of Catholic

Hansjörg Schmid

Hansjörg Schmid is director of the University of Freiburg’s Swiss Center for Islam and Society. His research interests include hermeneutic questions of interreligious ethics, political ethics, Christian-Muslim relations in the European context, and religions in public space. Since 2012, he has also been a lecturer in Christian social ethics at the University of Munich. He previously was director of interreligious dialogue at the Academy of the Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart.

His publications include Islam in the European House. Towards an Interreligious Social Ethics (2013) and Church and Umma: The Community of Believers in Christianity and Islam (2014). He is also editor of the eight-volume book series Theologisches Forum Christentum – Islam.

Schmid studied Catholic theology at Freiburg, Jerusalem, and Basle, receiving his Ph.D. in New Testament studies in 2002. In 2010 and 2011 he completed his habilitation thesis on the relationship of religion, state, and society as seen by contemporary European Muslim authors and Catholic social ethics.

Source : Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs

Published articles 

Member of the Research group

Centre suisse islam et société - Switzerland

Islamic-theological studies with a focus on “Islam and society” (Fribourg)

The Swiss Centre “Islam and Society” runs a doctoral programme “Islam and Society: Islamic-theological studies” designed to study specific, multidisciplinary themes and to support doctoral students in research projects related to Islamic studies and society in the Swiss context. Multidisciplinary approach It is a research and training programme with both specific and transversal themes. It […]

Researchers of this group

Resources of this researcher


Loading ...

Resources related toEthics


Environmentalism and sustainability as an expression of Islamic moral orientation

  • Ida Zilio-Grandi

Abstract : The essay emphasizes cultural specificities, starting with the terminology currently used to describe sustainability, and investigates the lack of homogeneity of the semantic fields bel...


Disease, death and cure. Muslims and the health emergency

  • Paolo Branca
  • Antonio Cuciniello

Original title : Malattia, morte e cura. I musulmani e l’emergenza sanitaria The health emergency caused by Covid-19 has also had a strong impact on believers and religious communities of all re...


Circumcision and EU citizenship

  • Antonio Angelucci

Original title : "Circoncisione e cittadinanza europea" Abstract Circumcision is a practice that mainly conforms to Jewish and Muslim religious identities. However, some documents of the Parl...


Studies of radicalization leading to violence in the name of Islam: mapping theoretical actors to better understand epistemological and ethical issues

  • Wael Saleh

Original title : "Les études de la radicalisation menant à la violence au nom de l’islam : cartographier les acteurs théoriques pour mieux comprendre les enjeux épistémologiques et éthiques" Abs...


Perspectives and Opportunities of Islamic Finance

  • Laurent Basanese

Original title : «Perspectives et opportunités de la finance islamique» Speaker : Prof. Cédomir Nestorovic Moderator : Laurent Basanese, S.J. Islam-Cristianesimo Forum 2017-2018, Event i...


Muslim morality, Islamic ethics, Šarī’a in situations

  • Maurice Borrmans

Original title : "Morale musulmane, déontologie islamique, Šarī‘a en situations" Sumary Does necessity make legal, in Islam, what is prohibited? It is to this question that this article inten...


Islam, democratic norm and religious radicalism

Inaugural Conference of the First International Congress of the University Platform for Research on Islam in Europe and Lebanon (PLURIEL), by Yadh Ben Achour, Tunisian jurist specialized in Islamic...


Plurality and foundation of norms: what proposals for Islam?

  • Michel Terestchenko

First International Congress of the University Platform for Research on Islam in Europe and Lebanon (PLURIEL): societal axis Speaker: Michel Terestchenko, lecturer in philosophy at the Universit...