Gudrun Krämer

Gudrun Krämer (born 1953) is a German scholar of Islamic history and co-editor of the third edition of the Encyclopaedia of Islam.[1][2] She is professor of Islamic studies, Chair of the Institute of Islamic Studies at the Free University of Berlin and a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.[3] Her expertise is in topics related to modern Islamic history and in Islam, democracy, and modernity.[4]


Kramer was born in Marburg, Hesse in 1953. She earned her doctorate from the University of Hamburg in 1982, with her dissertation focusing on the History of the Jews in Egypt. She spent some time as a researcher for the German Institute for International and Security Affairs and a lecturer at the University of Bonn.[2]


Kramer is noted as an analyst of Islamism from both a theological and textual standpoint, examining both the theoretical and practical implications of political Islam.[5] In 2010, she was the first Islamic studies scholar to earn the International Research Prize from the Gerda Henkel Foundation due to the influence of her historical and cultural research on Muslims and its potential to explain current events.[1]






  1. 1 2 Award for Islamic Studies Scholar at Freie Universität at the official website of the Free University of Berlin. Aug 05, 2010.
  2. 1 2 Islamic Studies Scholar Professor Gudrun Krämer Honored with Gerda Henkel Prize for 2010 at the official website of the Free University of Berlin. Nov 08, 2010.
  3. A History of Palestine: From the Ottoman Conquest to the Founding of the State of Israel at the official Princeton University Press website. Accessed August 4, 2013.
  4. Review of: German History by Juliane Hammer, Reviewed work(s): Geschichte Palästinas Von der Osmanischen Eroberung bis zur Gründung des Staates Israel, [History of Palestine: From the Ottoman Conquest until the Creation of the State of Israel] by Gudrun Krämer, Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 32, No. 4 (Summer, 2003), pp. 110-112
  5. Mohamed Daadaoui, Rituals of Power and the Islamist Challenge: Maintaining the Makhzen in Morocco, pg. 173. Ann Arbor: ProQuest, 2008. ISBN 9780549541547

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