Muslim Worlds - World of Islam? (BMBF-sponsored) | Joint Research Projects | Single Projects
(Phase II, 2014–2019)
Sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)
In its main BMBF-funded research programme, the Centre currently comprises four interdisciplinary project groups, with twenty-two researchers working on different historical and cultural aspects of the "Islamicate World" since the 18th century. Building on ZMO’s preceding programmes, Abgrenzung und Aneignung in der Globalisierung (1996-2000) and Translokalität (2000-2007) - the first phase (2008-2013) of the current programme, Muslim Worlds – World of Islam?, tracked the global condition of Muslim life worlds in a more differentiated manner.
Substantial contributions to academic debates have come out of this (see ZMO’s Programmatic Texts as well as Freitag/von Oppen 2005).
From such a perspective, which understands itself as part of an on-going critique of Eurocentrism, the current research programme studies Conceptions, Practices and Crises of the Global in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Through empirically based and conceptually engaged projects, it explores specific themes within the wider field of tension between Muslim worlds, understood as the life worlds of Muslims or members of other communities in Islamicate contexts, and the world of Islam, constructed by a religious tradition with unifying claims but diverse interpretations and practices.
Our current research agenda includes capturing the flows and dynamics of transregional interaction and connectivity that have characterised Muslim worlds in recent historical periods and under diverse conditions – while also including the ruptures, conflicts and crises that these processes entail. This allows us to trace the tensions between global concepts and lived practices, which may emphasize very different sets of norms, and to investigate, where necessary, concrete and diverse empirical settings in their relation to overarching normative demands upon Muslims in different political, social, and economic contexts.
The second phase (2014-2019) of ZMO’s research programme, Muslim Worlds – World of Islam?, starts from here. By way of four interlaced research fields, we will explore themes and issues that have emerged as relevant and particularly promising in the discussions of the previous research phase. The four fields investigate
- Progress: Ideas, Agents, Symbols;
- The Politics of Resources;
- Trajectories of Lives and Knowledge, and
- Cities as Laboratories of Change.
Progress: Ideas, Agents, Symbols
Kyara Klausmann: A Global History of Political Thought at Kabul University, 1964-1992
Dr. Sophia Hoffmann: Learning Intelligence: The Exchange of Secret Service Knowledge between Germany and the Arab Middle East 1960 - 2010 (Freigeist-Fellowship of the Volkswagen Foundation)
The Politics of Resources
Patrick Schukalla: The Politics of Uranium in Tanzania – The making of a resource?
Joseph Désiré Som I: Rural Youth Employment and Agricultural Dynamics in Africa: Mobilities, Politicization and Radicalization
Dr. Judith Scheele: Circulation and Containment: Region Formation in the Sahara (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation)
Dr. Jeanne Féaux de la Croix: Activists for a Better Future: A Comparison of Muslim Missions, Late Soviet and Contemporary Development Work in Kyrgyzstan (bis Februar 2014)
Trajectories of Lives and Knowledge
Thiago Pinto Barbosa: »Race« and Science between Berlin and India: the Circulation and Transformation of Racialized Knowledge by anthropologist Irawati Karvé
Britta Frede: Out of Nouakchott: Female Scholars As Mediators of Islam in Contemporary Mauritania
Tika Ramadhini: Jawah Women between South East Asia and Mecca: Networks of Knowledge in the 19th and 20th Century
PD Dr. Dietrich Reetz: Muslim »Globalities«: Another world? Global Interaction by Islamic Groups and Movements from South Asia with the Muslim World
Regina Sarreiter: The Epistemic Lives of an Ethnological Collection between South Africa, Germany and Tanzania
Larissa Schmid: Objects, Bodies and Agents of Knowledge: Colonial North African Prisoners-of-War in Germany during the First World War
Antía Mato Bouzas: Emerging Transnational Spaces: Migration and Development Networks between North-Eastern Pakistan and the Gulf (DFG)
Cities as Laboratories of Change
Annegret Roelcke: Religious Tourism in Eyüp. Constructions of an Islamic Place in Istanbul
Joint Research Projects
Domestic Servants in Colonial South Asia
Modern India in German Archives, 1706-1989 (MIDA)
Dr. Anandita Bajpai: Materializing Visibility, Preparing Recognition: The 'Cultural' Politics of GDR-India Relations, 1952-1972
Stefan Tetzlaff: ‘To Help is to Benefit?’ European Technical Aid and ‘Modernizing’ Approaches to India’s Industrial Sector, c. 1945-1973
Spaces of Participation: Topographies of Political and Social Change in Morocco, Egypt and Palestine
Habitats and Habitus: Politics and Aesthetics of Religious World Making (until March 2017)
with Prof. Birgit Meyer, in Cooperation with University Utrecht
Hanna Nieber: Scripture Practices on Zanzibar
Murtala Ibrahim: Sensation, Sight and Sound of Nigerian Movements
Crossroads Asia (until December 2016)
The Crossroads Asia competence network is an interdisciplinary research project conducted at several German universities and institutes and coordinated at Bonn University. Over a period of six years, 2011-2016, the project will study the interaction between emerging and evolving social 'figurations' (Norbert Elias) and mobility in and between the neighbouring regions of South and Central Asia. ZMO participation emphasises cross-regional aspects between Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Kashmir region and post-Soviet Central Asia.
funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Just Boedeker: The Baloch Borderlands: The Conflict of Tribe and State in a Globalized World (until December 2014)
Dr. Antía Mato Bouzas: "Rebordering" in Kashmir: Negotiation of Spaces and Statehood in Contested Border Regions
Dr. Aksana Ismailbekova: Conflict Dynamics, Local Strategies and Trans-local Ties in the Fergana Valley (until December 2014)
PD Dr. Dietrich Reetz (board member) : In and Out of South Asia: Transnational Community-Building in Religious and Ethnic Networks (until December 2014)
Phantom Borders in East-Central Europe (until January 2017)
Cultural Exchange in a Time of Global Conflict: Colonials, Neutrals and Belligerents during the First World War (CEGC), funded by Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) (until November 2016)
International collaborative research project with King’s College London, United Kingdom, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland
Associated non-academic partners:
Eye Film Institute Netherlands (Amsterdam), Imperial War Museum London, Lautarchiv der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, In Flanders Fields Museum Ypres, Museum Europäischer Kulturen (Berlin), deBuren bureau (Brussels), Deutsches Literaturarchiv (Marbach)
Larissa Schmid: Cultural Encounters with and among ‘Colonial’ Prisoners of War (POWs) during the First World War
Europe in the Middle East - the Middle East in Europe
Transforming Memories: Cultural Production and Personal/Public Memory in Lebanon and Morocco
In Search of Europe: Considering the Possible in Africa and the Middle East / ISOE Exhibition
(until October 2014)
sponsored by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
"In Search of Europe: Considering the Possible in Africa and the Middle East" is an interdisciplinary research project based at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orientfrom 2010 until 2014. The research team consists of four regular and two associated researchers, who are combining anthropological and historical approaches. The project aims to gain an interdisciplinary, empirically grounded and theoretically reflective understanding of the ways people in Africa and the Middle East engage the idea of "Europe" as a metonymy of possibilities, both in its affirmative and in its critical forms. The images they present of Europe are far from unified.
Dr. Bettina Gräf: Public debates in transcultural space: The concept of Islam as a system (nizam) at the beginning of the Cold War (bis April 2014)
Vanessa Díaz: Europe and the Image of one's own in the contemporary art of Mozambique
Leyla von Mende: "Today's neighbour - yesterday's subject":
The Balkans between Ottoman
Empire and Europe from the perspective of Ottoman travellers, 1870-1918
Dr. Samuli Schielke: Engaging the World between Egypt and Europe - Reasons to Write after 2011
Daniela Swarowsky: Curator of exhibition project "In Search of Europe: Considering the Possible in Africa and the Middle East"
Dr. Knut Graw: Picturing Europe in Migration and Diaspora
Dr. Aïssatou Mbodj: Spaces and temporalities of West African immigration to France: Parisian foyers as lieux de mémoire?
Dr Rana von Mende Altaylı: Gender roles and their outer appearance in courtesy and etiquette books of the late Ottoman period and the early Turkish Republic (DFG)