Center for Research on Religion

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Andreas Tunger-Zanetti was born in 1961 in Chur (Grisons). He studied Islamic studies, Oriental languages and History at the University of Berne, supplemented by study stays in Vienna and Tunis. After obtaining his degree in Berne, he went to Freiburg (Germany) for his doctoral studies combined with trips to Tunis for studies in the local archives. His doctoral thesis, completed in 1994 and published in 1996, is about relations between Tunis and Istanbul, 1860-1913. When he returned to Switzerland, Andreas Tunger-Zanetti worked as an assistant at the Institute for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Berne from 1994 to 1996. From 1996 to 1998, he worked as editor for  scientific publications at the Peter Lang Publishing House in Bern, before moving to Lucerne as a foreign news editor at the regional newspaper. Since 2007 he has returned to academia as the coordinator of the newly founded Center for Research on Religion at the University of Lucerne. From 2007 to 2011 he combined this with the role of researcher and then as  part time coordinator in Zurich at the Center for Religion, Economics and Politics. 

Andreas Tunger-Zanetti is a member of the advisory commission of the Swiss Centre for Islam and Society, of the Forum of Young Christinas and Muslims and one of two Swiss correspondents for the ‚Yearbook of Muslims in Europe’.  



Major Fields of Research

  • Islam in Switzerland and in Western Europe
  • Religions in a religiously plural context
  • Religion and the public sphere
  • Processes of recognition in society and law
  • Interreligious and intercultural dialogue

Research projects

Ongoing projects

  • Imams, Rappers, Cybermuftis: Islamic authorities, Muslim youth and society in Switzerland

Completed projects

  • Swiss Muslim Youth and Civic Key Persons
  • Muslim Youth Groups




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