Welcome at the Institute for Missiology and the Study of Theologies Beyond Europe

We kindly invite you to explore our website in order to find out more about our research and teaching projects. Fields of attention our institute is focusing on include an ecumenical missiology; the study of theologies beyond Europe, both, within global christianity and in other religions; as well as on the intercultural exchange about foundations for an engaged practice in areas of global concern.



Summer School in Mashhad: Christianity in Asia

02.-14. October 2020

Faculty of Islamic Theology - Ferdossi University, Mashhad, IRAN

The summer school explores these five thematic areas:

  • Mapping of Asian Christianity
  • Cross-Cultural Flows and Pan-Asian Movements
  • Asian Christianity and the Social-Cultural Process
  • Interaction with Asian Religious Traditions
  • Asian Migrant Churches in the Middle East and Europe


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Iran Exkursion - Ostern 2021

Von Urmia bis Isfahan und Shiraz: Stationen des Christentums im Iran
(Sommersemester 2021) 29.März bis 18.April 2021

Die Studienreise „Von Urmia bis Isfahan und Shiraz“ geht den geschichtlichen Zeugnissen, der sozio-kulturellen Situation und Bedeutung christlicher Kirchen und Missionen im „persischen Raum“ durch die Jahrhunderte sowie der Situation der Christen im heutigen Iran nach. Sie beginnt mit den „persischen“ Kirchen -- der assyrischen Kirche des Ostens rund um Urmia sowie der armenischen Kirche in Isfahan (Neu-Julfa) -- und bereist ihren dramatischen Weg sowie kulturellen Beitrag vom 5. bis zum 20.Jahrhundert. Einen weiteren Schwerpunkt bilden Beispiele katholischer, orthodoxer, protestantischer und anglikanischer Missionen seit dem 16. Jahrhundert und ihre jeweiligen historischen, theologischen und kulturellen Zeugnisse in verschiedenen Regionen Irans. Schließlich interessiert die prekäre Situation der Christen im Iran heute, von den verbliebenen christlichen Gemeinschaften bis zu den sogenannten meist muslimischen Krypto-Christen. Aufmerksamkeit wird auch auf die jüngere Auseinandersetzung zwischen christlichen Denkern und iranischen Intellektuellen seit 1979 sowie vereinzelten Bemühungen um die Entwicklung „kontextueller Theologien“ im Iran gewidmet.


Leitung: Prof. Norbert Hintersteiner, Institut für Missionswissenschaft und außereuropäische Theologien, und Dr. Haila Manteghi, Excellenzcluster Religion und Politik, WWU Münster

Informationsabend: MO 16.Nov. 2020, 18-20 Uhr, KTh IV; Anmeldung bis FR 20.Nov. 2020
Kontakt und (Vor)Anmeldung: intstudy.imw@uni-muenster.de

Vorbereitungsseminar / WS 2020-21: „HS: Christliche Kirchen und Theologie in der persischen Geschichte und Kultur I“ (Hintersteiner / Manteghi),
FR 4.Dez. 2020 und FR 15.Jan. 2021, 10-16 Uhr

Vertiefungsangebot nach der Reise (SS 2021): „HS: Christliche Kirchen und Theologie in der persischen Geschichte und Kultur II“ (Hintersteiner / Manteghi)

Ghana Exkursion 2019
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"Magic Africa": Intercultural meeting and sightseeing in Ghana.

In a cooperation between Catholic students and the University Community of Münster (KSHG), the Philosophical Seminar of Prof. Klaus Müller and our institute, an excursion to Ghana was carried out from 10th to 30th September 2019 with 22 students. The Catholic student church of Tamale (Sts. Peter and Pauls Church), together with colleagues from the University of Development Studies (UDS) of Tamale, coordinated a diverse program of intercultural encounters with visits to social pastoral and educational projects and tourist sites across Ghana, as well as a two Theological Study Days at the Philosophical-Theological College / Catholic Seminary St.Victor in Tamale. The return visit from Ghana is expected in the summer of 2020.

Outlook: Our institute plans an international summer school in Ghana with university submissions in Accra and Tamale in September 2022 .

For interest and questions, please contact Dr. Sara Fretheim: sfretheim [at] uni-muenster.de.

Theological Arabic

Theological Arabic

"Theological Arabic I" will be held throughout the academic year 2019/2020 by Prof. Dr. Assad Elias Kattan. The course consists of two hours of lecture and two hours of tutoring (Nevin Fayek).

Theological Arabic Ia will be held in the winter semester 2019/2020 from 15.10.2019 - 30.01.2020
TUE and THU | 08.00-10.00 am | 4 SWS | 4 ECTS
The first part of the language course teaches Arabic writing and basic morphology, grammar, syntax and vocabulary of classical Arabic, as found in qu'ran, the early Islamic theology and Arabic Christian theological literature. Workload: 120 hours. Course only for students without previous knowledge in Arabic!

Theological Arabic Ib will be held in summer 2020 from 07.04.2020 - 09.07.2020
TUE and THU | 10.00 am - noon | 4 SWS | 4 ECTS
The second part of the language course is aimed at students who have basic knowledge of the Arabic language (modern or classical). Knowledge in morphology, grammar, syntax and vocabulary of classical and Qu'rān Arabic will be deepened. Workload: 120 hours.

The successful completion of both semesters corresponds to an introductory course and entitles to the advanced course Theological Arabic II: Christian Arabic.

Please sign up in HIS/LSF or by e-mail kattan@uni-muenster.de

Theological Arabic - Handout

Classes 2019/2020

Course Offerings 2019/2020 at a glance.


Lecture: World Christianity and Interreligious, MON, 14-16

Advanced Seminar: Directed Reading and Research in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies, MON, 18-20

Language course: Theological Arabic Ia, TUE + THU, 8-10

Introductory Seminar: Introduction to Missiology and Theologies Beyond Europe, MON, 18-20

Advanced Seminar: Research Colloquium: Missiology and Ecumenics, Hamburg, 15.-16. November 2019

Doctoral Colloquium: Missiology and Theologies Beyond Europe,  TUE, 18-20



Advanced Seminar: Anthropology in Crosscultural Perspective, MON, 16-18

Advanced Seminar: African Christian History: Cross-Cultural Engagements and Interreligious Conflicts, WED, 14-16

Language course: Theological Arabic Ib, TUE + THU, 10-12

Current coures