The University of Münster is one of the largest universities in Germany with a rich and time-honoured tradition. It enjoys an outstanding reputation in the region and far beyond.
Fifteen faculties with 120 degree programmes and some 30 research centres comprise the institutional backbone of the University. Some 45,700 students and 5,300 academics appreciate the University’s excellent research opportunities, high-quality teaching, promotion of junior researchers, and the advantages of living in the city of Münster. Our slogan sums it up best: “living.knowledge”.
The characteristic of religious studies at the University of Münster is that there are various centers bringing together researchers from classical areas of religious studies with researchers from other academic fields like ancient, medieval and modern history, philosophy, law, political studies, sociology, cultural studies (like ethnology) and linguistic studies. All these academic fields take part in the Cluster of Excellence on “Religion and Politics” in the German Excellence initiative. More than 200 academics from more than 20 disciplines in the humanities and social sciences belong to the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”.
The Centre for Religious Studies (CRS) is a scientific organisation of religious research and teaching. It deals with interreligious, intercultural and interdisciplinary studies related with religion, especially in the fields of Islam, Orthodox Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism.
In the CRS the Center of Islamic Theology, the professorship for Orthodox Theology, the professorship for Judaism and the professorship for General Religious Studies are cooperating partners. A close cooperation with the Faculty of Protestant Theology, the Faculty of Catholic Theology, the Institute for Arabistik and Islamic Science and the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics in Pre-Modern and Modern Cultures” are contributing to the course catalogue and generates scientific dialogue.