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Alina Kokoschka

Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (PhD)

PostDoc Cluster-Entwicklung

Freie Universität Berlin

Associated Fellow

Fabeckstraße 23-35
Room 1.1117
14195 Berlin

Current Research Project

  • „HAWASS — Contemporary Islamic Aesthetics“. The open science platform connects a contemporary archive, a virtual showroom, and an open research network, addressing contemporary trends and transnational phenomena in the world of every day material culture [www.hawass.org] To be launchend Sept. 2017;
  • “Thinking the Script behind the Script. Grammatological Approaches to the Arabo-Islamic Script“, on rendering processes between Arabic and Latin script in the commodity sphere and the digital realm. 


Alina Kokoschka received her PhD in Islamic Studies. With her dissertation „Commodity World Islam - Consumption Culture and Commodity Aesthetics in Contemporary Syria“, she examined the aesthetic language of Islamization in Syria, Turkey, and Lebanon in the first decade of this century [see http://www.bgsmcs.fu-berlin.de/people/students/students_2010/Alina_Kokoschka.html]. Her research focus is on Muslim cultures and societies in the Middle East and Europe. Her approach is strongly influenced by her studies in philosophy and visual anthropology. Field research and digital archives enter into a dialogue with documentary works.


Main fields of interest

  • Digital Humanities
  • Curating and exhibition practices
  • Material culture
  • Typography and transcription cultures
  • Islamic Art
  • Notions of Work
  • Moral Lifestyles
  • Aesthetics and theories of cognition


  • Kokoschka, Alina (forthcoming): „Waren. Welt. Islam“, Berlin: Kadmos. 
  • Kokoschka, Alina (2017): „Original Pirate Material“ (dt./engl), in: Olga Blumhardt und Antje Drinkuth (eds.): TRACES. Fashion and Migration, Berlin: Distanz, pp. 71-80.
  • Kokoschka, Alina (2016): "The Thing with Islam - Material Culture beyond the Museum Display Case and the Cabinet of Curiosities" / "Das Ding mit dem Islam - Materielle Kultur jenseits von Museumsvitrine und Kuriositätenkabinett", in: Omar Kasmani and Stefan Maneval (eds.): Muslim Matter, Berlin: Revolver Press, pp. 77-83 / 93-102.
  • Krawietz, Birgit and Alina Kokoschka (2013): "Appropriation of Ibn Taymiyya and Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya. Challenging Expectations of Ingenuity", in George Tamer and Birgit Krawietz (eds.), Islamic Theology, Philosophy and Law. Debating Ibn Taymiyya and Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya, Berlin: DeGruyter, pp. 1-36. 
  • Kokoschka, Alina (2009): Islamizing the Market? Advertising, Products, and Consumption in an Islamic Framework in Syria, in: Johanna Pink (ed.): Muslim Societies in the Age of Mass Consumption. Politics, Culture and Identity between the Local and the Global, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 225-241.