Simon Wolfgang Fuchs

Islamic Studies
Year 2019

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Orientalisches Seminar

Platz der Universität 3
79085 Freiburg

Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

Institut für Studien der Kultur und Religion des Islam

Senckenberganlage 31, 2. OG
60325 Frankfurt am Main

Portrait of Simon Wolfgang Fuchs
Photo: Peter Himsel

Research areas

  • Transnational Shi‘i Islam

  • Global History of the Iranian Revolution of 1978-79

  • Religious Authority in the Middle East and South Asia

  • Sectarian Conflicts and the Intellectual History of the Jihad

  • Islamism and Leftist Movements in the Muslim World


  • 2021-2022
    Visiting Professor of Islamic Culture and Society, Goethe University Frankfurt

  • 04/2021
    Recipient of the Inaugural Book Award of the South Asian Studies Association (SAMSA) for "In a Pure Muslim Land. Shi'ism between Pakistan and the Middle East" (UNC Press, 2019)

  • Since 2017
    Lecturer in Islamic and Middle East Studies at the Department of Islamic and Middle East Studies, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany

  • 2017-2019
    Research grant by the Gerda Henkel Foundation, Special Program “Islam, the Modern Nation State, and Transnational Movements,” to fund research trips to the US, Lebanon, Tunisia, Pakistan, India, Iran, and Afghanistan

  • 2015-2017
    Research Fellow in Islamic Studies at Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge, UK

  • 09/2015
    PhD in Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University (advisor: Muhammad Qasim Zaman). Recipient of the S. S. Pirzada Dissertation Prize on Pakistan, awarded by the Institute for South Asia Studies, University of California Berkeley, USA, the Bayard and Cleveland Dodge Memorial Dissertation Prize, awarded by the Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University, USA, and the Dissertation Award (Forschungspreis) of the Annemarie-Schimmel-Foundation for Islamic Studies

  • 2009-2015
    PhD candidate at Princeton University, Department of Near Eastern Studies, including research trips to Pakistan, India, Iran, Iraq, and the United Kingdom

  • 2002-2010
    M.A. in Islamic Studies and Political Science at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Nürnberg, Germany, Institut Français d’Études Arabes de Damas (Damascus, Syria), Duke University (Durham, NC, USA), Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Germany, and Tehran University, Iran, supported by Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst