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.

Facts on child marriages

According to the German Ministry of Interior, on July 31, 1475 underaged foreigners, and 1152 girls (76,27 %), were registered as married in the Ausländerzentralregister. The biggest group of them is from Syria (664). But many married children also come from Afghanistan (157), Iraq (100), Bulgaria (65), Poland (41), Rumania (33) and Greece (32). Weiterlesen

Muslims in Bavaria – current state of research

In the latest issue of the journal „Akademie aktuell“, published by the Bavarian academy of Sciences and Humanities, Mathias Rohe elaborates on first results of the research project “Muslims in Bavaria”, dealing with questions of cooperation, extremism and prevention, Islamic religious education and... Weiterlesen

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... Weiterlesen

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 alien, sometimes even as a threat. With his profound survey on Islam in Germany,... Weiterlesen

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 ... Weiterlesen

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... Weiterlesen

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... Weiterlesen