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Welcome to the Pages of the ZMO

The 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 centres. The core funding of ZMO is provided by the Senate of Berlin and the Federal Ministry for Education and Research. Its current director is Prof. Ulrike Freitag, a Modern Middle East historian.

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Tenders and Calls

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

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Christians and Muslims in Africa. Toward a Framework for the Study of Multi-Religious Settings
Summer School (ZMO, 14-20 July 2016, Deadline: 15 Februar 2016)

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Upcoming Events

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The lecture The Problem of Depropriation in the Islamic Approach to Philosophy in Turkey by Zeynep Direk (Koç University, Istanbul) on February 11th is cancelled!

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Monday, February 8th, 2016, 5 pm, ZMO

Urban Refugees in the Middle East and Germany: A Comparative Approach

Lecture by Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz (TU Berlin) in the framework of the Urban Studies Seminar

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Wednesday, February 17th, 2016, 6:30 pm, Franz-Mehring-Platz 1, Münzenbergsaal, 10243 Berlin

Alles Islam oder was? Frauenfeindlichkeit, Rückständigkeit, Gewalt im Namen Gottes?

Panel discussion with Nushin Atmaca (ZMO) organized by the daily newspaper Neues Deutschland

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Thursday, March 3rd, 2016, 5 pm, ZMO

Authoritarian Urban Planning and The People's Response: Understanding the Protest in Gezi Park

Lecture by Tarık Şengül (Middle East Technical University, Ankara) in the framework of the ZMO-Colloquium

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Latest Publications

Birgit Meyer

Sensational Movies. Video, Vision, and Christianity in Ghana

University of Californa Press, Berkeley, 2015, 408 S.

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Paolo Gaibazzi

Bush Bound. Young Men and Rural Permanence in Migrant West Africa

Berghahn, 2015, 232 p.

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Bush Bound

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Ulrike Freitag, William Clarence-Smith

aš-Šatāt al-ḥaḍramī : tuǧǧār, ʿulamāʾ, wa-riǧāl daula ḥaḍārim fi 'l-Muḥīṭ al-Hindī 1750-1960, Tarīm li-l-dirasāt wa-l-našr
Übersetzung: 'Abdallah 'Abd al-Rahman al-Kaf., 2014 (Übersetzung von  Ulrike Freitag, William Clarence-Smith, eds., Hadhrami Traders, Scholars and Statesmen in the Indian Ocean, 1750s-1960s. Leiden, Brill 1997)

 

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Samuli Schielke

Egypt in the Future Tense. Hope, Frustration, and Ambivalence before and after 2011

Indiana University Press, 2015, 261 p.

 

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Ulrike Freitag, Nelida Fuccaro, Claudia Ghrawi, Nora Lafi (eds.)

Urban Violence in the Middle East. Changing Cityscapes in the Transition from Empire to Nation State

Berghahn, 2015, 334 p.

 

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