Historicity of Democracy in the Arab and Muslim Worlds

Project Summary

The international and collaborative research project Historicity of Democracy in the Arab and Muslim Worlds (HISDEMAB) seeks to establish an innovative research network that connects three institutes of the Leibniz Association (Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin (ZMO), Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte in Mainz (IEG) and Leibniz-Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung in Potsdam (ZZF)) with two research institutions in the Arab world (Institut français du Proche-Orient (IFPO) in Amman, Jordan and Manouba University in Tunis, Tunisia), while also including guest researchers from the wider Arab and Muslim worlds. The project explores democracy and debates about democracy in the region from a historical perspective.

The project is funded by the Leibniz Collaborative Excellence programme.

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