Prof. Dr. Lejla Demiri

Chair of Islamic Doctrine


Deputy Director of the Center

Equality Officer of the Center for Islamic Theology

Member of the Center Board

Member of the Academic Council

Academic Coordinator of the Post-Doctoral Fellowship Programme (2013-2017) at ZiTh


Contact Details

Address:Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen
Center for Islamic Theology
Rümelinstr. 27
72070 Tübingen, Germany
Office:Room 106, first floor
Phone Secretary:-
E-Mail Secretary:goekcen.sari[at]
Office Hours:Wed, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
with prior appointment via e-mail


Research Interests

  • The history of Islamic theology (kalām)
  • Islam and religious pluralism
  • Christian-Muslim relations and theological interactions
  • Christian-Muslim textual sources in Arabic and Ottoman Turkish
  • Ottoman intellectual history
  • Islamic Manuscripts, Arabic Papyrology


Jennah Gökcen Sari, secretariat

Serkan Ince, M.A., assistant

Samer Rashwani, PhD, assistant

Blanca Villuendas Sabaté, PhD, assistant

PhD students

Serkan Ince, M.A., research assistant

PhD dissertation title: Argumentation Structures and Epistemological Principles of Muslim Writings on Christian Theology between the 10th and 12th Centuries (working title)

Redoine Baghdadi, M.A.

PhD dissertation title: ʿAbd al-Ghanī an-Nābulusī (1641-1731) and the Scope of his Scholarship:
Ego Network Analysis and Islamic Discourses in the Late 17th and early 18th Centuries

Selva Yildirim, M.A.

PhD dissertation title: Muslim-Christian conversations in the late Ottoman Empire: A theological analysis of the encounter of Muslims with Christianity. 

Florian Ahmed Lützen, M.A.

Co-supervisor for the doctoral student of Graduiertenkollegs Islamische Theologie, Akademie der Weltreligionen (AWR), Universität Hamburg. PhD dissertation title: The system of doctrine in Aḥmad Ibn ʿAǧība regarding the use of išāra