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Anja Middelbeck-Varwick

From 2001 to 2009 she was a research assistant in systematic theology at the Catholic theological seminary of the Free University of Berlin, her doctorate in Catholic theology took place in 2006. From 2009 to 2017, she was a junior professor at the seminary. Her habilitation took place in 2017 at the University of Salzburg . From 2018 to 2019, Middelbeck-Varwick taught Catholic theology at the European University of Flensburg. Since October 2019, she has been professor of religious theology and religious studies at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main .

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Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Sankt Georgen - Germany

Catholic Theology in dialogue with Islam (Frankfurt)

Catholic theology in Europe is increasingly confronted with the questions and criticisms of Muslim intellectuals who, in particular, point out the convergences between the two religions. The research project aims to perceive this new context of theology, to analyse it carefully, and to reformulate the potentials of the Christian tradition.

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