Christoph Günther
Dr. Christoph Günther
Principal Investigator Contemporary Muslim Preaching and Religious Media Practices
(Faculty of Philosophy)
Lehrgebäude 4 / Raum E 20
Office hours
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  • Since 02/2023: Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Erfurt (funded by the DFG's Heisenberg Programme).
  • 2017-2022: Head of the junior research group Jihadism on the Internet: Images and Videos, their Appropriation and Dissemination, Department of Anthropology and African Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research)
  • 2016-2017: Postdoctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale
  • 2016: Visiting Professor, Centre for Intercultural Studies, Department of Anthropology and African Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
  • 2013: PhD in Islamic Studies, University of Leipzig
  • 2010 - 2013: PhD fellowship, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) for doctoral studies within the Research Training Group Religious Nonconformism and Cultural Dynamics, University of Leipzig
  • 2002-2008: Master’s degree (Magister Artium) in Islamic Studies, History and Arabic Studies, University of Bamberg & University of Cairo


For an overview of my current and past teaching activities at the University of Erfurt, please see:

Research Focus

- Digital Media and Religion

- Lived Religion

- Visual and Material Culture

- Iconography and Iconoclasm

- Religio-political movements

Research Project Contemporary Muslim Preaching and Religious Media Practices

In this research project, I explore religious media practices emerging within and around the audiovisual mediations of contemporary Muslim preachers. It centres on two areas of contemporary Muslim preaching cultures and daʿwa, both in their own right and in terms of their interrelatedness: I.) The audiovisual composition of contemporary preachers' mediations and II.) The ways in which Muslim practitioners engage with audiovisual daʿwa in everyday contexts. I examine videos shared by Muslim preachers on social media and focus on how these videos are composed both visually and acoustically, that is, in terms of camera work, background, space, lighting and sound, the preacher's voice, ambient noise, and much more. I am also interested in how Muslims perceive and engage with these videos; whether they use them to find answers to religious or everyday questions, adopt suggestions from these videos to modify their religious practice or inspire others; whether they share the videos with others, comment on them, or get in touch with the preacher in other ways.


Please find an up-to-date list of my publications at ORCiD as well as on and Researchgate