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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. Currently it is funded mainly by the Senate Chancellery Higher Education and Research of the Federal State of Berlin, the German Research Association DFG, and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Its current director is Prof. Ulrike Freitag, a Modern Middle East historian.

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Obituary for Prof. Em. Rex Sean O'Fahey

ZMO mourns the death of Prof. Em. Rex Sean O'Fahey. O'Fahey was Emeritus Professor of the History of the Middle East and the Sudan at the University of Bergen. After studying (1962-66) African and Middle Eastern history at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, he was awarded a doctoral scholarship to write a history of pre-colonial Darfur under the supervision of the late P.M. Holt. In 1967, he took up a lectureship at the University of Khartoum, where he taught for three years (1967-70). After a year at Edinburgh University, he moved to the University of Bergen, where he remained until his retirement in 2013. Professor O’Fahey died in Oslo on 9 April 2019. His death is a great loss to his students, colleagues, Sudanese studies and academia at large.

Obituary by Ahmed Ibrahim Abushouk

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Tenders and Calls

Position as Student Assistant for ZMO's vice director Kai Kresse
(Starting from 1 July 2019, Applications can be sent until 1 May 2019)

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

 

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Upcoming Events

Monday, 29 April, 6.15 pm, Institute of Asian- and African Studies, Room 11, Invalidenstraße 118, 10115 Berlin

The Local Elections in Turkey

Lecture by Dr. Gülay Türkmen (University of Göttingen), Discussant: Dr. Ergün Özgür (ZMO)

Thursday, 2 May, 6 pm, Room 2.2058, Holzlaube, FU Berlin

Married to It: The War Years as Seen by the Wife of a Late Ottoman Special Organization Officer

Lecture by Benjamin C. Fortna (University of Arizona) as part of the ZMO-Colloquium

Monday, 6 May, 7.30 pm, Urania Berlin, An der Urania 17, 10787 Berlin

Kosmopolitismus jenseits Europas. Eine muslimische Perspektive

Lecture by Prof. Ulrike Freitag

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Latest Publications

Norman Saadi Nikro

Milieus of ReMemory. Relationalities of Violence, Trauma, and Voice

Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2019, 207 p.

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Kai Kresse

Swahili Muslim Publics and
Postcolonial Experience

Indiana University Press 2018, 237 p.

   

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.

   

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