Manuel Pachurka, M.A.

Professorship for social science research of Islam in Europe in the 20th and 21st centuries (Prof. Tezcan)

Scharnhorststraße 121, Room 544
48151 Münster
T: +49 251 83-25363
F: +49 251 83-29930

  • Research Areas

    • Theories of sociology of religion and culture, Buddhism and Islam
  • Doctoral Thesis

    Asceticism and culture


    I argue that we best understand asceticism – as a Being-toward-death (Sein-zum-Tode) and a way of life – by having a close look at religious texts of ascetic traditions (especially Buddhist and Sufi sources in this case) and its social contexts. This leads to a certain way on how culture is thought in general and its differentiated spheres, such as religion and politics. The various social roles ascetics had in history (teachers, eremites, warriors etc.) have to be considered, showing us the at times deep and at times very subtle impact of asceticism on society, both on large and smaller scales.

  • Teaching

  • Publication

    • Elwert Frederik, Sellmer Sven, Wortmann Sven, Pachurka Manuel, Knauth Jürgen, Alfter David. . ‘Toiling with the Pāli Canon.’ In Proceedings of the Workshop on Corpus-Based Research in the Humanities (CRH), edited by Mambrini Francesco, Passarotti Marco, Sporleder Caroline, 39-48. Warschau.
  • Talks

    • Pachurka, Manuel (): „“. Religion, Spiritualität und Nachhaltigkeit, Franz Hitze Haus, Münster, Deutschland, .