Islam in German Primers

The research library started digitising its historical textbook collection in 2012 as part of a long-term project called GEI-Digital.
The GEI research library began digitising its collection of reading primers from the German imperial period in October 2017, as part of a collaborative project led by Prof. Christian Dawidowski at Osnabrück University for the research project ‘Der Islam im Deutschen Lesebuch. Eine Analyse der Islamdiskurse 1870-1918‘ (Islam in German Primers: An Analysis of Discourse on Islam 1870―1918).

Through its research and description of interpretive patterns this joint project contributes significantly to a phenomenographic study of ‘Muslim foreigners’. This investigates whether current images of Islam can be decoded as products of historical scholastic mediation processes.

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  • 2017 - 2020


  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)