Interview with Mouhanad Khorchide: “For me, it’s a question of finding a contemporary interpretation of Islam”

Mouhanad Khorchide, originally from Lebanon, has been appointed Professor of Islamic Religious Education Theory at the University of Münster, where he will take over from Sven Kalisch, a controversial figure in Muslim circles.

Enquired about his principles of a contemporary interpretation of Islam, Khorchide replied: “This interpretation [of the Koran] should ask what answers were given in what social context to what questions. We have to understand what people’s concerns were at that time and what the meaning was of the answers that were given at that time. On the basis of hermeneutics we can then ask ourselves what meaning the sacred texts have for us today.”