Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Chair: Religious Studies and Missionary Science

Dr. Sarah Markiewicz

Research Assistant

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Office: Burgstr. 26, Raum 225

Phone: (030) 2093-91793

Fax: (030) 2093-91791

E-mail: sarah.markiewicz[at]

On sabbatical until 31 December 2020 for
a project with Malteser International in Iraq.


Dr. Sarah Markiewicz was born in Sydney, Australia. Following her BA (Hons) Theology at University of Oxford (United Kingdom) in 2007, she completed an MA in Ecumenical Studies at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (Germany). She subsequently took up a position as a Researcher and Lecturer in the Department for Intercultural Theology and Studies of Religion within the Faculty of Theology at the Humboldt University of Berlin, where she has been since 2009.

Between August 2011 and March 2012, Dr. Markiewicz was a visiting scholar at the Orient-Institut in Beirut (Lebanon), a research institute of the Max Weber Foundation.

Dr. Markiewicz completed her doctoral studies (Dr. theol) in 2014, writing on the genesis and fruits of an important interfaith dialogue initiative, the open letter “A Common Word between Us and You” (Amman, 2007) which considers understanding between Christians and Muslims as a necessary step on the path to world peace.

Dr. Markiewicz returned to the Middle East from 2014 to 2015, this time to Jordan, with a postdoctoral scholarship from the European Union as part of the Erasmus Mundus PEACE programme for the Levant (Jordan, Lebanon, the occupied Palestinian territories, Syria). Her research project focused on “contemporary Christian-Muslim identities within and between Lebanon, Jordan and Syria”. During this time she also worked with Syrian refugees at Caritas Jordan.

From 2016 to 2017, Dr. Markiewicz was a fellow in the “Global Governace Futures” programme run by the Berlin-based think-tank Global Public Policy Institute and supported by the Robert Bosch Foundation. Her working group, comprised of fellows from India, China, Japan, Germany and USA, produced scenarios considering transnational terrorism in 2027. Parallel to this she was seconded to the University of Münster for three semesters as an interim professor at the Seminar for Studies of Religion and Intercultural Theology, while the department chair was on sabbatical. This interim professorship was supported by the Volkswagen Foundation.

Dr. Markiewicz returned to the faculty in Berlin in April 2018. In September of that year she was selected to participate in the UNAOC (United Nations Alliance of Civilizations) fellowship programme. Along with 10 other fellows from Europe and North America, she travelled to Morocco, Egypt and Qatar meeting members of the political establishment, academia, religious institutions, (I)INGOs and civil society organisations under the banner of “Fostering youth resilience to prevent violent extremism and build sustainable peace”.

From March 2019 to December 2020, Dr. Markiewicz is on sabbatical for a project with Malteser International in Iraq.


Research interests:
  • Inter and intrafaith dialogue and intercultural communication
  • The Abrahamic religions
  • The role of religion in conflict and peace


Current and former university courses:
  • Orientation Project for new students (Winter 2018/19)
  • History, Religious Diversity and Dialogue in the Middle East (Summer 2018)
  • At WWU Münster:
    • History, Religious Diversity and Dialogue in the Middle East (Winter 2017/18)
    • Religion and Development (Winter 2017/18)
    • The Fellow Human Being in Religious Traditions (Summer 2017)
    • Religious Pluralism and Religious Plurality as a global challenge (Summer 2017)
    • Interfaith, Intrafaith and Intercultural Dialogue Initiatives Emerging from Jordan (Winter 2016/17)
    • Christianity and Islam: A Long and Tense relationship (Winter 2016/17)
  • Religion and Conflict (Summer 2016)
  • The Fellow Human Being in Religious Traditions (Winter 2015/16)
  • Religion and Myth (Winter 2013/14)
  • Religion and Land (Winter 2012/13)
  • “A Common Word Between Us And You” (Amman, 2007) (Summer 2012)
  • Mysticism and Religion (Summer 2011)
  • Encounter with Different World Views (Summer 2011)
  • Intercultural Theology and Missiology (Summer 2011)
  • Christianity and Islam: A Long and Tense relationship (Winter 2010/11)
  • Missionary Religions and the Challenge of Modernity (Summer 2010)
  • Gender and Family in Judaism, Christianity and Islam (Summer 2010)
  • Important Events in the Ecumenical Movement of the 20th and 21s Centuries (Winter 2009/10)