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Dr Norbert Hintersteiner

Prof. Hintersteiner is on career break leave from TCD till 31 August 2016 and can be reached at the Catholic-Theological Faculty at University of Muenster / Germany.

Associate Professor in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies

Dr Norbert Hintersteiner

Norbert Hintersteiner (Austria) joined the ISE in 2009. He received his Ph.D. at the Jesuit Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule in St.Georgen / Frankfurt. Previously he has worked at The Catholic University of America in Washington DC; the Universities of Vienna and Mainz; and the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. He brings to the ISE and its programmes a rich specialisation in World Christianity and cross-cultural theology, comparative theology (with Hinduism and Islam), and the study of religions.

His book publications include: Traditionen überschreiten: Angloamerikanische Beiträge zur interkulturellen Traditionshermeneutik (2001); Naming and Thinking God in Europe Today: Theology in Global Dialogue (2007, editor); Postcolonial Europe in the Crucible of Cultures (2007, co-editor); Thinking the Divine in Interreligious Encounter (2012, editor). He has been welcome as a fresh addition to the school’s academic staff and proven a great resource for ISE’s development of the new M.Phil. programme “Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies”. Therein he teaches course modules like “World Christianity and Interreligious Dialogue”, “Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations”, “Christian Seeds in Hindu Soil”, “Translating God(s)”, “Christology and Cultures”, “Comparative Theology: Meaning and Practice”, “Comparative/Interreligious Ethics”, etc.

Since arriving at the ISE, he has successfully secured or overseen three European grants for educational and research projects in intercultural and comparative theology, with student scholarships made available: A series of European intensive courses with 20 European partner universities titled “Translating God(s): Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies” (2010-2012) and held in Dublin, Istanbul and Constantia; the research project "Comparative Theology in Europe” (2010-2014); and the research project "Islam and Christianity in Southeast Europe” (2010-2012; scientist in charge).

He is available to supervise Masters and Phd dissertations on a range of topics in cross-cultural theology, comparative theology with Hinduism and Islam, mission studies, systematic theology, the study of religions and interreligious studies of various kinds, etc.

Areas of expertise

World Christianity, Cross-Cultural Theology, Comparative Theology (Hinduism and Islam), Systematic Theology

Courses taught

World Christianity and Inter-religious Dialogue; Muslim God, Christian God: Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations


Ph.D. Theology, Jesuit Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule St. Georgen/Frankfurt A.M.
M.A. Theology, University of Salzburg

Contact details
Direct Tel: +353. (01) 1 896 4786
General Tel: +353 (0) 1 8964770, Ext. 4786
Fax: +353 (0) 1 672 5024

Select publications

  • Traditionen uberschreiten: Anglomerikanische Beitrage zur interkulturellen Traditionshermeneutik, Vienna: WUV, 2001
  • Ed, Naming and Thinking God in Europe Today: Theology in Global Dialogue, and Postcolonial Europe in the Crucible of Cultures: Reckoning with God in a World of Conflicts, Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2007

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