Hans Kippenberg

Professor Dr. Hans G. Kippenberg

Professor Dr. Hans G. Kippenberg is a professor for Comparative Religious Studies and a guest speaker. He has lectured and teached in various institutions including Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies (Groningen), Institut für Religionswissenschaft der Universität Bremen, Max-Weber-Kolleg (Erfurt), Institute for Advanced Studies (Princeton), Chicago University and Jacobs University Bremen amongst others.


Research of Prof. Dr. Hans G. Kippenberg

  • Human rights law regulating religious freedom
  • Religious terror and wars,  Contemporary religious violence
  • History and sociology of Islam in the Near East and Europe
  • History and sociology of European Paganism, Judaism, Christianity and Gnosticism
  • The rise of comparative religion in the 19th and 20th century
  • Max Weber’s sociology of religion
  • The public status of religious communities in European history

Curriculum Vitae Hans Kippenberg

University Education

  • Habilitation 1975

    Habilitation in History of Religions

    Free University of Berlin

  • PhD. 1969

    Doctor of Theology on the ancient Samaritain religion

    University of Gottingen

  • 19631959

    Student of Theology, Semitic Languages and Comparative Religion

    Universities of Marburg, Tubingen and Gottingen

Academic Positions

  • 20082015

    Professor of Comparative Religious Studies (Wisdom Professorship)

    Jacobs University, Bremen

  • 19982009

    Fellow at the Max-Weber-Kolleg

    University of Erfurt

  • 19892004

    Professor for Theory and History of Religions

    University of Bremen

  • 19771989

    Professor for Comparative Religion and History of Religions

    University of Groningen (NL)

Academic Guest Lectures

  • 20012001

    Visiting Professor

    Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan

  • 2003Winter

    Visiting Professor

    University of Chicago

  • 1998Winter

    Visiting Professor

    University of Chicago

  • 1995Winter


    Zentrum fur interdisziplinare Forschung, Bielefeld

  • 1994Winter


    Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

  • 19911990


    Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin

  • 19881988

    Visiting Professor

    Max-Weber-Lehrstuhl at University Heidelberg

  • 1987Fall


    Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in Wassenaar

Further Professional Activities of Professor Dr. Hans Kippenberg

  • 1997-2001 1993-1997
    First and second chairman of the German Association for the Study of Religions
    First and second chairman of the German Association for the Study of Religions 1993-1997 and 1997-2001.
  • 2008-2010
    Editor of the Journal of Religion in Europe
    Together with Kocku von Stuckrad, Leiden: Brill
  • 1989-2000
    Editor of NVMEN
    International Review for the History of Religions. Together with Tom Lawson and Brigitte Luchesi, Leiden: Brill
  • Since 1990
    Editor of Religionsgeschichtliche Versuche und Vorarbeiten
    Together with Fritz Graf und Lawrence Sullivan, Berlin: de Gruyter