Katajun Amirpur

Katajun Amirpur (Persian کتایون امیرپور, [k ʲ ː ju ː n ætɔ Aemi ː rpu ː r], born 1971 in Cologne) is a German -Iranian journalist and scholar of Islam. She is the first woman to hold a professorship in Islamic studies and theology at a German university.


Her father Manouchehr Amirpur was Iranian cultural attaché under Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, her mother is German. Katajun Amirpur studied Islamic studies and political science at the University of Bonn, as well as Shiite theology in Tehran. After that, she taught at the Free University of Berlin, the University of Bamberg, University of Bonn and Munich School of Philosophy. Doctorate it has 2000 on the Shiite Koran exegesis ( Abdulkarim sorus ' thinking and action in the Islamic Republic of Iran). She qualified with a thesis on the Shiite theologian and longtime director of the Islamic Centre Hamburg ( 1970-78 ), Mohammad mojtahed Shabestari. Since February 2010 she has been Assistant Professor of Modern Islamic World at the University of Zurich. In May 2011 she was admitted Sheets for German and international politics in the editorial board of the political- scientific monthly magazine. In June 2011, she accepted a position as professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Hamburg. As a freelancer, she writes for the Süddeutsche Zeitung, taz and the time. In 2012 she delegated the Hamburg SPD in the Federal Assembly. Amirpur is Deputy Director of the Academy of World Religions ( AWR ) of the University of Hamburg.

She is married to Navid Kermani, is the mother of two daughters and lives in Cologne.

Positions and controversies

The internal political situation in Iran after the victory of the Conservatives in the general election in 2004 commented Amirpur:

Referring to the dispute over the Muhammad cartoons as well as the controversial Pope's speech in Regensburg she noticed:

On the current debate on Muslim women and Islamophobia Katajun Amirpur said in an interview:

In March 2008 Amirpur wrote in the Süddeutsche Zeitung that " the danger of a nuclear Iran, which in addition to cherish fantasies of destruction against Israel, is artificially conjured up to justify a military strike against Iran." Her thesis she made fast to a statement by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which he called " A World Without Zionism " -actuated at the Tehran Conference on 26 October 2005 and which was mistranslated from the "big Western news agencies ." The exceedances of Amirpur English translation, which was used by the Iranian state IRIB Broadcasting and joined the many agencies that reads: " Israel must be wiped off the map" ( " Israel must be wiped off the map "). They even translated the sentence with: " This occupying regime must vanish from the pages of history [ ... ]. "

Amirpur been criticized partly fierce for the article. The Islamic scholar Mariella Ourghi gave her also in the Süddeutsche Zeitung " splitting hairs " before, because not alter " meaning and purpose" of the sentence. The journalist Henryk M. Broder dedicated the article Amirpurs a chapter in his book "Forget Auschwitz - the German memory delusion and the final solution to the Israel - question ". In it, he threw Amirpur ago, the " numerous and repeated threats by the Iranian president against Israel, the belittling ' cancer ' that ' must be removed from the body ' [... ] to a translation error, even though they know it better than Irankennerin must.


  • Reforms in theological colleges? , Teiresias -Verlag, 2002, ISBN 3-934305-27- X
  • Understand Iran, Institute for Tourism and Development, 2002
  • The de-politicization of Islam. Abdulkarim Sorūšs thinking and action in the Islamic Republic of Iran., Ergon Verlag, 2003, ISBN 3- 89913-267 X -
  • Opposition in exile as a political actor, 2002
  • God is with the Fearless, Herder, 2004, ISBN 3-451-05469-8
  • Shirin Ebadi, Amsterdam, Siren, 2004
  • Venue Iran, Herder, 2004, ISBN 3-451-05535- X
  • Does Iran have a reform process? in: From Politics and History, Federal Centre for Political Education, February 23, 2004
  • The Muslimisierung of Muslims. In: Hilal Sezgin (ed.): Manifesto of the many. Germany reinvents itself. Blumenbar, Berlin 2011, ISBN 978-3-936738-74-2, pp. 197-2004.
  • Think the new Islam. Jihad for democracy, freedom and women's rights. CH Beck Verlag, Munich, 2013, ISBN 978-3-406-64445-0