Welcome to the Website "Urban Violence in the Middle East"

"Urban Violence in the Middle East" is a joint Anglo-German research project based on a collaboration of ZMO and SOAS from 2010 until 2013. The project is funded by DFG and AHRB. The main objective of the research project is to investigate the emergence and different forms of public and popular violence in selected Ottoman, Arab and Iranian cities from the early 19th century to the 1960s in a wide geographical setting which stretches from Tunisia to Iran. It aims at integrating these findings into discussions on urban violence which were developed with regard to other world regions, thus contributing to a globally comparative understanding of the phenomenon. More

Ethical Statement

This project approaches violence as an integral part of the everyday experience of Middle Eastern peoples and as a creative and dynamic force of historical change. The aim is to understand public violence as a manifestation of civility rather than a ‘rupture’ in the social, political and cultural lives of cities. In spite of its regional and historical focus, this research draws on comparative and interdisciplinary approaches from Europe, Asia and Africa in order to make a contribution to the study of public violence as a cross-regional and global phenomenon. ┬áIn doing so, we wish to challenge the idea that there is an intrinsic and distinctive link between Middle Eastern societies and violence.



February 13-15, 2013, London

Conference "URBAN VIOLENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST: Histories of Place and Event" - School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Urban Studies Seminar 2011 - 2012, ZMO Berlin

Chaired by Prof. Ulrike Freitag and Dr. habil. Nora Lafi
Annual theme: Urban Sociability and Urban Movements
(Middle East, North Africa, Iran, Turkey)