Berlin Institute for Islamic Theology

Leonie Stenske M.A.

Research Fellow


Office: Hannoversche Str. 6, 10115 Berlin, Germany

Telephone: +49 (0)30 2093-98061



Leonie Stenske completed her Bachelor’s degree in Arabic Studies at the University of Leipzig and Aix-Marseille University before earning her Master’s in European Studies in 2020 from the University of Leipzig and Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta. Since April 2021, Leonie has been a Research Fellow within the Junior Research Group “Islamic Theology in Context: Science and Society”. Her research interests include Muslim life in eastern Germany and Islamic foodways. In addition, she examines negotiation mechanisms in regard to group identity in immigration societies with a focus on Germany. Within her research area, she published the article “Negotiating Ḥalāl Consumption: The Interplay of Legitimacy, Trust, and Religious Authority" (Salim, Abdelghafar & Leonie Stenske: 2020) as part of the working paper series of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and a chapter in the edited volume Muslime in Sachsen (Muslims in Saxony, eds. Marie Hakenberg & Verena Klemm, 2016). An anthology she edited titled Muslimisches Leben in Ostdeutschland (Muslim Life in Eastern Germany, eds. Leonie Stenske & Tom Bioly) will be released in the summer of 2021.


Doctoral Research Project:  Islamic Foodways (Working Title)

In her doctoral research project, Leonie is investigating the mechanisms of incorporation, reproduction, and performance of Islamic foodways. She has a particular focus on parent-child relationships and institutional learning contexts. In her research, she employs the practice theory concepts of habitus, habits and habit memory to capture knowledge regarding implicit and explicit Islamic foodways in their temporal, social and spatial contingencies and contexts. She gathers her empirical material through fieldwork in preschools, schools, mosques, parent groups and private households.