Welcome to the Erlangen Centre for Islam & Law in Europe

The Erlangen Centre for Islam and Law in Europe (EZIRE) conducts research and teaching about Islam and Muslim life in Europe from a multidisciplinary perspective. In addition to research and teaching, EZIRE also offers services such as trainings, consulting, expertise and expert opinions.

Press review: “When in doubt, pro freedom”

A couple of weeks ago, the interior ministers of the Christian Democratic Union put a burka ban on their agenda. Ever since, Germany discusses the Islamic garment for women once again – probably also influenced by the current events in France, where some communities have enforced a burkini ban...

Preview: Islam in Germany

The new publication of Mathias Rohe “Islam in Germany. A Stocktaking” will be released on the 19th of September 2016. Muslims have been living in Germany for decades, but still many of them are seen as foreign, sometimes even as a threat. With his profound survey on Islam in Germany,...

Press review: Extremism and Radicalization

With regard to the several headlines on this topic in recent german newspaper articles, we want to take the opportunity and gather Mathias Rohes statements on radicalization and Islamist extremism. Many have questions in mind like: Why is Islam so prone to violence? What does Sharia mean? And which ...

Press review: The application of foreign law in German courts

From time to time, flustered media articles diagnose the implementation of Sharia in Germany due to the fact that Muslim minorities have the right to experience German jurisdiction following their international private law. Jurist and Islamic scholar Mathias Rohe has already stated some time ago tha...

Voice against Violence and Intolerance

At the founding event of the Munich “Council of Religions” on July 13, 2016, Mathias Rohe, Director of EZIRE, spoke in his testimonial lecture about how the cohabitation of religions can succeed. He appealed to maintain openness. “The unpleasant truth is that all religions have pot...

Religion at the University – a Contradiction?

How can religious people act out their beliefs at a German University? In how far can – and should –this ideologically and religiously neutral institution support its students and employees in their free exercise of religion? Apart from others, this question was discussed by Professors of different ...