How to Cite

Dorpmüller, Sabine et al. (Eds.): Religion and Aesthetic Experience: Drama—Sermons—Literature, Heidelberg: Heidelberg University Publishing, 2018 (Heidelberg Studies on Transculturality, Volume 4).


ISBN 978-3-947732-02-9 (Softcover)
ISBN 978-3-947732-01-2 (Hardcover)
ISBN 978-3-947732-03-6 (PDF)




Sabine Dorpmüller, Jan Scholz, Max Stille, Ines Weinrich (Eds.)

Religion and Aesthetic Experience: Drama—Sermons—Literature

Religious aesthetics have gained increasing importance over the past few years in the fields of Religious studies and Islamic studies. This volume highlights the transcultural dimensions of the theoretical foundations of religious aesthetics. It explores aesthetic experience in the religious field through a series of case studies. These include Islamic sermons from the Middle East and South Asia, Islamic religious chanting, a chapter of the Qurʾān, a German performance artist, Indian rasa theory, and Arabic and Bengali literature. Together, the authors demonstrate that the analysis of the aesthetic forms of religious mediation across regions and genres is a fruitful approach to transcultural studies.

Sabine Dorpmüller is German Managing Director of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. A trained Arabist (PhD Münster University), she lived from 2005 to 2013 in Cairo, Egypt, where she worked at the Netherlands-Flemish Institute (NVIC) and the Cairo Office of the German Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB).

Jan Scholz participated in a research project on Islamic sermons at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” at Heidelberg University. There, he defended his doctoral thesis on Islamic preaching in contemporary Egypt, for which he conducted fieldwork in Egypt between 2011 and 2015. In 2012–2013, he worked for the German Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB). At present, he is working at the Thuringian Ministry of Internal Affairs focusing on Islamist extremism, radicalisation, and internal security.

Max Stille was part of a research project on the transcultural dynamics of Islamic sermons at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” at Heidelberg University, where he in 2017 defended his doctoral thesis on Islamic sermons in contemporary Bangladesh. Currently, he is researcher with the Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin with a project on Urdu journalism. He is interested in the linkages between religion, communication and mobilization, particularly among Muslims in South Asia.

Ines Weinrich holds a PhD in Arabic Studies and is a researcher at Münster University, where she is conducting a research project on the performative elements in texts centring on the birth of the prophet Muhammad (mawlid). From 2008 to 2013, she was a research associate in Lebanon at the German Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB). Her research focuses on Arab performative cultures (poetry, music, theatre), and the sonic dimensions of Islamic ritual.