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Welcome to the Pages of the ZMO

The Leibniz-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 centers, the Geisteswissenschaftliche Zentren e.V. On 1 January 2017 ZMO was admitted to the joint research promotion by the Bund-Länder Commission and became a member of the Leibniz Association. Its current director is Prof. Ulrike Freitag, a Modern Middle East historian.

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ZMO deeply mourns the death of Prof. Dr. Jan-Georg Deutsch (1956-2016). He was a research fellow at ZMO between 1996 and 2003 working on Slavery and Abolition in East Africa and a social biography of the Soko Mhogo Street in Zanzibar Stone Town in colonial and post-colonial times. From ZMO he continued to become Associate Professor in Commonwealth History at St Cross College in Oxford.
With his research on the Indian Ocean from an East African perspective, Jan-Georg Deutsch contributed in a fundamental way to the development of one of ZMO's key concepts – Translocality. We remember him as an innovative historian of Africa and a courageous, warm-hearted colleague.

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A Tribute to Sadek Jalal al Azm by Mona Abaza (professor of sociology at the American University in Cairo and Affiliate Senior Researcher at ZMO in the academic year 2016/17)

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Tenders and Calls

Position as student assistant in press and public relations
(1 February - 31 March 2017, 41h/month, Applications can be sent in
until 21 January 2017)

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

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, 26 January 2017, 6 pm | LAW & REGULATION | ZMO, Kirchweg 33, 14129 Berlin

Saud Serhan (King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies), Political or Apolitical Hajj

Werner Ende (Emeritus, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg), Muslim Women and the Mecca Pilgrimage

Double-lecture in the framework of the colloquium At the Centre of the World? A Spatial Approach to the Hajj. The event will be chaired by Chanfi Ahmed (IAAW).

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Monday, 6 February 2017, 5 pm, ZMO, Kirchweg 33, 14129 Berlin

Town and Country in Western Anatolia and the Balkans in the Long Nineteenth Century: Land, People and Work

Lecture by Yücel Terzibaşoğlu (Boğaziçi University Istanbul) in the framework of the Urban Studies Seminar.

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Latest Publications

Samuli Schielke

حتى ينتهي النفط: الهجرة والأحلام في ضواحي الخليج

(Until the End of Oil: Migration and Dreams in the Suburbs of the Gulf)

Cairo: Sefsafa, 2017

   

The Disorientalists: Who Was Essad Bey?

 

   

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

Kulturen im Dialog
Das HERA-Förderprogramm „Cultural Encounters“

 

   

Paolo Gaibazzi, Alice Bellagamba, Stefan Dünnwald (eds.)

EurAfrican Borders and Migration Management: Political Cultures, Contested Spaces, and Ordinary Lives

Series in African Borderlands Studies,
New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, 302 p.

 

   

Abdoulaye Sounaye

Islam et modernité: à l'analyse de la ré-islamisation au Niger

L'Harmattan, 2016, 168 S.

   

Sigrid Faath, Sonja Hegasy, Volker Vinnai, Achim Vogt

Herausforderungen in arabischen Staaten. Die Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung im Nahen Osten und in Nordafrika

Table of Contens

Verlag J.H.W. Dietz, 2016, 408 p.

   

Andrea Fischer-Tahir, Katharina Lange (Ed.)

Ethnographien des Wandels im Nahen Osten und Nordafrika

Leipziger Universitätsverlag, 2016, 271 p.

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Erdem Evren, Cemil Aksu and Sinan Erensü (Ed.)

Sudan Sebepler: Türkiye’de Neoliberal Su-Enerji Politikaları ve Direnişleri

İletişim, 2016, 528 p.

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Nelida Fuccaro (Ed.)

Violence and the City in the Modern Middle East

Stanford University Press, 2016, 312 p.

With contributions by Prof Dr Ulrike Freitag, Dr Nora Lafi and Claudia Ghrawi.

Contents
Rev.: Middle East Policy Council, Vol. XXIII, No. 2, 2016

   

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