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.

Is the use of violence legitimized by Islamic Law? Is the Koran calling for the murder of non-believers? And what is the “Islamization of the Occident” all about? These are the questions that Mathias Rohe, founding director of the EZIRE, is concerned with in a new Focus series. In “Faktencheck Islam...

In the beginning of march, the newest publication by Dr. Gerdien Jonker, scientific researcher at EZIRE, will be published by the Wallstein Verlag. In “Etwas hoffen muss das Herz”, religious studies scholar Jonker traces an extract of European religious history in the kaleidoscope of a f...

In an interview with the broadcasting station Deutsche Welle, Mathias Rohe, lawyer, Islamic scholar and director of EZIRE, welcomes the verdict of the German Federal Supreme Court on the Wuppertal “Sharia police”. The court ruled that public presence with reflective vests marked “S...

Just how peaceful is religion? In a debate with the German newspaper Nürnberger Nachrichten, Mathias Rohe, director of EZIRE, debates the violent potential of Islam and Christendom together with Tarek Badawia, professor for Islamic-Religious Studies and Islamic education at FAU, and Stefan Ark Nitsc...

Please note that the EZIRE team will be unavailable from 22/12/2017 until 05/01/2018 due to the christmas break. We will be back in the office on Monday, 08/01/2018. Meanwhile, we wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

On behalf of the Hessen Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts, Mathias Rohe, Islamic and legal scholar and director of EZIRE, has examined a possible influence of the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB) on the faith-oriented Islamic education in Hessen. Furthermore, Roh...

The conference “End(s) of Time(s)“, hosted by the IKGF Erlangen in cooperation with EZIRE, takes place from 11 December until 13 December 2017 in the seminar room of building D in the Hartmannstr. 14 in Erlangen. Scholars from different disciplines will discuss concepts of last judgement...


Erlangen Centre for Islam and Law in Europe

  • Organization: Central scientific institution of FAU
  • Address:
    Bohlenplatz 6
    91054 Erlangen
  • Phone number: +49 9131 85-26398
  • Fax number: +49 9131 85-26399
  • Email: joern.thielmann@fau.de
  • Prof. Dr. iur. Mathias Rohe, M.A., Richter am OLG a.D.
    • Phone number: +49 9131 85-22823
  • Dr. Jörn Thielmann
    • Phone number: +49 9131 85-22239, +49 9131 85-26398 (Sekr.)
  • Julietta Cheliotis
    • Phone number: +49 9131 85-26398