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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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The ZMO mourns Prof. Dr. Thomas Philipp (1941 - 2015),

a pioneer of modern Arabic social and cultural history in Germany and a committed academic and colleague.

The funeral ceremony for Thomas Philipp will be held on 3rd July 2015, at 1.30pm at Kirchweg 6 in Nikolassee.

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Please note the opening hours of ZMO library from 26 to 30 June 2015

Friday, 26 June 2015, 10-13
Monday, 29 June 2015, 11-17
Tuesday, 30 June 2015, 11-17

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Calls / Tenders

ZMO and BGSMCS are inviting applications as Visiting Researchers for the calendar year of 2016.

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

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The ZMO is looking for a student assistant starting from August 1, 2015
for its research project “Modern India in German Archives, 1706-1989”

(41 hours/month, applications until July 15)

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, Juli 2nd, 2015, 6 pm, ZMO

Local commitments, national aspirations: the making of an African middle class

Lecture by Prof. Dr. Carola Lentz (University of Mainz and Hanse Institute for Advanced Studies)

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Latest Publications

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.

 

Samuli schielke_ Egypt in the future tense

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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.

 

Urbanviolence

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Ulrike Freitag (Hrsg.)

Researching Muslim Societies, Inside and Outside ZMO

September 2014, 116 S.

zmo bericht

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Ali Raza, Franziska Roy, Benjamin Zachariah (eds.)

The Internationalist Moment. South Asia, Worlds, and World Views 1917-39

Sage Publications, 2014, 316 p.

the internationalist moment

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Michel Espagne, Nora Lafi, Pascale Rabault-Feuerhahn (eds.)

Silvestre de Sacy. Le projet européen d'une
science orientaliste

Editions du Cerf, 2014, 356 p.

 

 

 


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