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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.

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ZMO deeply mourns the death of Prof. Dr. Jan-Georg Deutsch (1956-2016). He was a research fellow at ZMO between 1996 and 2003 working on Slavery and Abolition in East Africa and a social biography of the Soko Mhogo Street in Zanzibar Stone Town in colonial and post-colonial times. From ZMO he continued to become Associate Professor in Commonwealth History at St Cross College in Oxford.
With his research on the Indian Ocean from an East African perspective, Jan-Georg Deutsch contributed in a fundamental way to the development of one of ZMO's key concepts – Translocality. We remember him as an innovative historian of Africa and a courageous, warm-hearted colleague.

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A Tribute to Sadek Jalal al Azm by Mona Abaza (professor of sociology at the American University in Cairo and Affiliate Senior Researcher at ZMO in the academic year 2016/17)

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Changed Library opening hours:
Tuesday, 21.02.2017, open until 18:00
Wednesday, 22.02.2017, 13:00-18:00
Thursday, 23.02.2017, 09:00-18:00
Friday, 24.02.2017, closed.

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Tenders and Calls

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

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Call for Papers: Infrastructure and the Making of Urban Space: Critical Approaches
(Workshop, ZMO, 21-22 September 2017, Deadline: 1 April 2017)

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Upcoming Events

11 January - 19 March 2017, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Atrium Georgenstr. 47, 10117 Berlin

Lives from a Global Conflict. Cultural Entanglements during the First World War

Poster | Flyer

Exhibition organized by HERA, ZMO, Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


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Thursday, 16 February 2017, 5 pm, Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung (ZfL), Schützenstraße 18, 10117 Berlin

The New Iraqi Protest Movement (2015-2016): From Identity to Issue Politics and Beyond

Lecture by Dr Faleh Abdul-Jabbar (Iraq Institute for Strategic Studies, Beirut). Please register with:

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Thursday, 23 February 2017, 6 pm | PIETY, COSMOPOLITANISM, SCHOLARSHIP | IAAW, Room 315, Invalidenstraße 118, 10115 Berlin

Chanfi Ahmed (Humboldt University Berlin), Hajj, Scholarship and Salafism. The Case of the Ethiopian Born, Shaykh Muhammad Aman al-Jami (1930-1995) and the al-Jamiyya Movement in Saudi Arabia

Irit Back (Tel Aviv University), From West Africa to Mecca: The Case of the Tijaniyya during the Colonial Period

Double-lecture in the framework of the colloquium At the Centre of the World? A Spatial Approach to the Hajj. The event will be chaired by Manja Stephan-Emmrich (IAAW).

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Latest Publications

Oren Eliav

Five Years

Text by Norman Saadi Nikro

Tel Aviv: Braverman Gallery, 2016, 158 p.

   

Samuli Schielke

حتى ينتهي النفط: الهجرة والأحلام في ضواحي الخليج

(Until the End of Oil: Migration and Dreams in the Suburbs of the Gulf)

Cairo: Sefsafa, 2017

   

The Disorientalists: Who Was Essad Bey?

 

   

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

Kulturen im Dialog
Das HERA-Förderprogramm „Cultural Encounters“

 

   

Paolo Gaibazzi, Alice Bellagamba, Stefan Dünnwald (eds.)

EurAfrican Borders and Migration Management: Political Cultures, Contested Spaces, and Ordinary Lives

Series in African Borderlands Studies,
New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, 302 p.

 

   

Abdoulaye Sounaye

Islam et modernité: à l'analyse de la ré-islamisation au Niger

L'Harmattan, 2016, 168 S.

   
   

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