Dr. Lena-Maria Möller

Acting Professor of Islamic Law, Institute of Oriental Studies, University of Leipzig
Affiliate, Research Group “Changes in God’s Law - An Inner-Islamic Comparison of Family and Succession Law”

Main Fields of Research

Islamic law; Muslim family law; private international law; comparative law; popular legal culture in the Middle East


Lena-Maria Möller holds an M.A. in Middle East Studies and a PhD in Law (both from the University of Hamburg). From 2010 to 2013, she was a research associate at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law. Her dissertation on the codification of family law in the Arab Gulf States was honoured with the Doctoral Prize of the Faculty of Law at the University of Hamburg and also the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society.

In the winter semester 2013/14 Lena-Maria Möller served in an interim capacity as Junior Professor of Islamic studies in the Department of History and Culture of the Near East at the University of Hamburg. Thereafter she returned to the Max Planck Institute, where she was employed as a senior research fellow from 2014 bis 2019. During this time she was also a member of the research initiative “The Gulf Family” at Georgetown University Qatar, and in the summer semester 2016 she served as Acting Professor of Islamic Law at the University of Münster’s Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies.

Since 2018 Lena-Maria Möller is a member of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Since 2019 she has served as Associate Editor of the Arab Law Quarterly (Brill), including responsibility for the “Jurisprudential Trends” section.

Currently Lena-Maria Möller is Acting Professor of Islamic Law, Institute of Oriental Studies, University of Leipzig.

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