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Welcome to the Pages of the ZMO

The Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) is the only German research institute devoted to an interdisciplinary and comparative study of the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, South and Southeast Asia from a historical perspective. Current research focuses on the interaction between predominantly Muslim societies and their relations with non-Muslim neighbours.

ZMO was founded in 1996 as one of six independent, non-profit research centers, the Geisteswissenschaftliche Zentren e.V. On 1 January 2017 ZMO was admitted to the joint research promotion by the Bund-Länder Commission and became a member of the Leibniz Association. Its current director is Prof. Ulrike Freitag, a Modern Middle East historian.


Tenders and Calls

ZMO is looking for a student assistant to support the research
group "Progress: Ideas, Agents, Symbols"
(41h/month, Applications can be sent until 15 December 2018)

CrossCulture Programme 2019 of the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa)
(Applications can be sent until 21 December 2018)

Call for Papers for the workshop Lost and Gained on the Way:
Placing "Transit" Migration in Europe, Africa and Asia

(Applications can be sent until 15 January 2019)

Georg Forster Research Fellowship (HERMES) for Postdoctoral Researchers (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation)


Upcoming Events

11-12 December 2018, ZMO

Religion, Morality and Boko: Students Training for a Good Life
What to look for? How?

Workshop organized by Abdoulaye Sounaye (ZMO).

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 5 pm, bi'bak, Prinzenallee 59, 13359 Berlin-Wedding

Pembe Hayat KuirFest: A Queer Film Festival from Ankara to Berlin

Film screening and subsequent discussion with Selim Özadar (bi'bak, Berlin) & Esra Özban (Pink Life KuirFest) in the framework of the ZMO-Colloquium.

Monday, 17 December 2018, 5 pm, ZMO

The Jewish Neighborhood in Sanʿāʾ and the Relationship between Jews and Muslims: Physical Separation and Cultural Closeness

Lecture by Menashe Anzi (Ben Gurion University, Beersheba) in the framework of the Urban Studies Seminar.

18-19 December 2018, Kino Arsenal, Potsdamer Str. 2, 10785 Berlin

La Bataille d'Alger - A film in History

Two-day event about Gillo Pontecorvo's film La Battaglia Di Algeri hosted by Kino Arsenal in cooperation with ZMO and the department of Cultural History and Theory of Humboldt-Universität Berlin. With screenings and a Q&A session with Nora Lafi (ZMO) and Malek Bensmaïl.


Latest Publications

Steffen Wippel, Andrea Fischer-Tahir (Eds.)

Jenseits etablierter Meta-Geographien

Nomos 2018, 354 p.

With contributions by Ulrike Freitag, Katrin Bromber, Britta Frede, Dietrich Reetz and Florian Riedler.


Anandita Bajpai

Speaking the Nation. The Oratorical Making of Secular, Neoliberal India

Oxford University Press 2018, 356 p.


Nora Lafi

Esprit civique et organisation citadine dans l'Empire ottoman (XVe-XXe siècles)

Brill 2018, 360 p.


Katrin Bromber, Katharina Lange, Heike Liebau, Anorthe Wetzel (Eds.)

The Long End Of The First World War. Ruptures, Continuities and Memories.

Campus Verlag 2018, 296 p.


Jörg Gertel, Ralf Hexel (Eds.)

Coping with Uncertainty. Youth in the Middle East and North Africa.

Saqi Books 2018, 400 p.

With a contribution by Sonja Hegasy.


Florian Riedler, Nora Lafi (Eds.)

Die osmanische Stadt

Moderne Stadtgeschichte, 2018-1, 83 p.


Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands

VHD Journal Themenheft: Geschichte - Politik - Gesellschaft. Wie politisch ist Erinnerung?

Open Access, July 2018, 100 p.

With a contribution by Sonja Hegasy:
Die Bedeutung von Geschichtsbildern und Geschichtswissenschaft in Gesellschaften der arabischen Welt von heute, pp. 23-27.


Sarah Jurkiewicz

Blogging in Beirut.
An Ethnography of a Digital Media Practice

Transcript Verlag 2018, 374 p.


André Chappatte, Ulrike Freitag, Nora Lafi (Eds.)

Understanding the City through its Margins. Pluridisciplinary Perspectives from Case Studies in Africa, Asia and the Middle East

Routledge 2018, 190 p.



Zaid Eyadat, Francesca M. Corrao, Mohammed Hashas (Eds.)

Islam, State, and Modernity. Mohammed Abed al-Jabri and the Future of the Arab World

Palgrave Macmillan US, 2018, 320 p.

With a contribution by Sonja Hegasy.

Review by Tauseef Ahmad Parray
Review by Giovanni Vezzani


The Disorientalists: Who Was Essad Bey?



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