Dietrich Reetz is a Senior Research Fellow at the Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO); he has been Senior Lecturer in Political Science, South Asia and PI at the Graduate School of Muslim Cultures and Societies of the Free University Berlin. After obtaining his PhD in South Asian History and Pakistan from Humboldt University in 1987, in 2003 he defended his postdoctoral Habilitation thesis in political science at the Free University Berlin: this was published as Islam in the Public Sphere: Religious Groups in India, 1900-1947 (Oxford University Press, 2006).
Since 1992, Dietrich Reetz has directed and undertaken interdisciplinary project-based research at ZMO. This has focused on the politics and history of South Asia in general, and on Pakistan in particular, with special emphasis on Islamic mobilisation in the region, and also on global Muslim networking in Europe, Central Asia and South-East Asia. He chaired two research groups on Muslims in Europe and as part of the larger network Crossroads Asia. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Cornell University and at St Antony’s College, Oxford. From 2011 to 2014, he was a member of the Global Agenda Council on Pakistan for the World Economic Forum, Davos.
The focus of his research is on global Muslim identities with special emphasis on South, Southeast and Central Asia, as well as Europe. In addition to over 80 published articles and book chapters, his monographs publications include an edited volume Islam in Europa: Religiöses Leben heute (Islam in Europe: Religious Life Today) (Waxmann, 2010); and a themed issue of the journal of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (27.1, 2007), co-edited with Bettina Dennerlin, on South-South Linkages in Islam.