Berlin Institute for Islamic Theology

Mona Feise-Nasr M.A.

Research Fellow


Office: Hannoversche Str. 6, 10115 Berlin, Germany

Telephone: +49 (0)30 2093-98061



Mona Feise-Nasr studied Arabic and Muslim Culture and History as a dual bachelor’s at the University of Münster and completed her master’s degree in Arabic Studies at the Institute of Oriental Studies at the University of Leipzig in 2017. While a graduate student, she spent several extended study and research stays in Egypt. Since August 2019, Mona has been a research associate in the junior research group Islamic Theology in Context: Scholarship and Society. Her research and scholarly interests include Islam and gender, spatiality and the body, inter-faith issues, concepts of authority, lived religiosity and relationships. She is a member of the Working Group on Gender in Theology, which seeks to introduce gender studies perspectives into theological research questions and observe them through the lenses of various religious traditions.

Research project:
Religious practice in interfaith families

This project investigates the manifestations of religious practice by Muslims whose partners belong to another religion or none at all. It defines practice as an inferential form of articulation (Laclau & Mouffe) that emerges from individual activities, is incorporated in teleoaffective structures (Theodore Schatzki), and thereby develops its meaning as religious practice.

The inter-faith intimate setting of “partnership” is usually viewed from a normative or legal perspective as a matter of Islamic or canon law. Quantitative studies analyse public acceptance of marriages between spouses of different religions among both the Muslim and non-Muslim communities. By contrast, this research project places a dyadic focus on the genesis of an inter-faith habitus in light of social and economic contributing factors as structuring principles (e.g. gender and class). Religious practice is thus conceived apart from any opposition to the secular or cultural spheres as a discursively practical realm of experience within the joint biographies of families and couples.

Guiding research questions (selected): How do therelational biographies of Muslim interfaith couples emerge? How are concepts of religious practice, ethics, and spirituality negotiated and transmitted in an intimate setting?

Study design: The empirical part of the project is a qualitative ethnographic study comprised of interviews and participant observation. Using data collection and evaluation methods from grounded theory and the documentary method, it is conceived as reconstructive or interpretive social research.