Anna Alabd

Anna Alabd © Rainer Kienberger
Anna Alabd
Foto: © Rainer Kienberger

PhD Supervisor: Dr.inAngelika Walser
PhD Co-Supervisor: Assoz. Prof. Dr. Martin Rötting
Start: 2021
Topic/Title: Autonomy and self-determination of women from Christianity and Islam as a challenge for interreligious/intercultural ethics


Within the framework of intercultural/interreligious ethics, the topic of self-determination and autonomy of women in Christianity and Islam is discussed. Both religious traditions claim to have a liberating message for women. At the same time, however, both see themselves challenged by a secular society that, invoking the Enlightenment and emancipation, offers women personal freedom and self-determination rights, which are often denied to them by their religious community, citing scripture and tradition (predominantly male authorities). Therefore, Christian and Muslim women themselves should have their say in this work.
The aim of the dissertation is to investigate and compare concepts of personal self-determination and moral autonomy and their connection with gender conceptions in the religious traditions of Islam and Christianity.

Curriculum vitae

Anna Alabd holds a degree in Catholic Religion, History, Social Studies and Political Education (BEd. Univ) at the Paris Lodron University Salzburg and at the Catholic Theological University Linz (MEd.). Since WS 2020/21 she is a PhD student at the Paris Lodron University Salzburg in the Department of Religious Studies. Since February 2018, she has been working as a project manager in the Interreligious Dialogue in the Deanery of Traun in Upper Austria. Since January 2021, she has been a member of the doctoral program PLUS gender_transkulturell.