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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.


Tenders and Calls

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

Positions in the framework of the project "Das Moderne Indien in
deutschen Archiven" as of 1.11.2018

- PhD (65%) at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient

- research fellow (Postdoc, 100%) at Centre for Modern Indian Studies, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

- research fellow (PhD, 66%) at
Centre for Modern Indian Studies, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Applications will be received until 30 April 2018

Two PhD positions in the framework of the project "Religion, Morality and Boko in West Africa: Students Training for a Good Life" (Remoboko) as
of 1 June 2018

- Position as PhD student at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient

- Position as PhD student at either University of Ibadan (Nigeria) or
Abdou Moumouni University (Niger)

Applications will be received until 18 May 2018.

Position as PhD student in the project "Learning Intelligence: The Exchange of
Secret Service Knowledge between Germany and the Arab
Middle East 1960-2010"
(Starting from 1 September 2018. Applications will be received until 31 May 2018)


Upcoming Events

Thursday, 26 April 2018, 6 pm, ZMO

Book Launch - Michael Provence: The Last Ottoman Generation and the Making of the Modern Middle East

Book Launch with Michael Provence (University of California, San Diego).

Monday, 30 April 2018, 5 pm, ZMO

Imprints of Loss on the Walls of the City: A Comparative Perspective of Politics of Mourning in Contemporary Turkey and Greece

Lecture by Leonidas Karakatsanis (British Institute at Ankara), based on cooperative work with Savvas Voutyras (University of Essex). The talk is part of the Urban Studies Seminar.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018, 2 pm, ZMO

The Ethiopian Labour Movement, 1960-2010

Lecture and ZMO work talk with Samuel Andreas Admasie.

3 - 6 May 2018, Kino Arsenal, Potsdamer Str. 2, 10785 Berlin

The Past in the Present. Neue Filme aus Algerien

Film series of the Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst in cooperation with Goethe-Institut Algerien and Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin.

Friday, 18 May 2018, Moviemento Kino, Kottbusser Damm 22, 10967 Berlin

Benim Varoş Hikâyem (My Suburban Stories)

Film Screening and Q&A with director Yunus Ozan Korkut, moderated by Sezai Ozan Zeybek (Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin).

Monday, 28 May 2018, ZMO

Finding Time to Play: Syrian Underage Workers at a Beirut Scrapyard

Lecture by Elizabeth Saleh (American University of Beirut) in the framework of the Urban Studies Seminar.

Thursday, 31 May 2018, ZMO

The Ecumenical Frame: Coexistence and Sectarianism in the Modern
Middle East (till the 1950s)

Lecture by Ussama Makdisi (Rice University, Houston) in the framework of
the ZMO-Colloquium.


Latest Publications

Sarah Jurkiewicz

Blogging in Beirut.
An Ethnography of a Digital Media Practice

Transcript Verlag 2018, 374 p.


Michael G. Esch, Béatrice von Hirschhausen

Wahrnehmen, Erfahren, Gestalten. Phantomgrenzen und soziale Raumproduktion

Wallstein Verlag 2017, 215 p.

With contributions by Florian Riedler and Nora Lafi


Norman Saadi Nikro, Sonja Hegasy (Eds.)

The Social Life of Memory. Violence, Trauma and Testimony in Lebanon and Morocco

Palgrave Macmillan 2017, 246 p.


Jörg Gertel, Ralf Hexel (Eds.)

Zwischen Ungewissheit und Zuversicht. Jugend im Nahen Osten und In Nordafrika

Verlag J.H.W. Dietz 2017, 336 p.

With a contribution by Sonja Hegasy.


Karine Deslandes, Fabrice Mourlon, Bruno Tribout (Eds.)

Civil War and Narrative. Testimony, Historiography, Memory

Palgrave Macmillan 2017, 242 p.

With a contribution by Sonja Hegasy.



Hew Wai Weng

Chinese Ways of Being Muslim. Negotiating Ethnicity and Religiosity in Indonesia

Nias Press 2017


Murtala Ibrahim

Sensational  Piety: Practices of Mediation in Christ Embassy and NASFAT

Utrecht University
Quaestiones Infinitae, Publications of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, 2017, 365 p.


André Chappatte, Ulrike Freitag, Nora Lafi (Eds.)

Understanding the City through its Margins. Pluridisciplinary Perspectives from Case Studies in Africa, Asia and the Middle East

Routledge 2018, 190 p.



Zaid Eyadat, Francesca M. Corrao, Mohammed Hashas (Eds.)

Islam, State, and Modernity. Mohammed Abed al-Jabri and the Future of the Arab World

Palgrave Macmillan US, 2018, 320 p.

With a contribution by Sonja Hegasy.


Christoph Bernhardt, Martin Sabrow, Achim Saupe (Eds.)

Gebaute Geschichte. Historische Authentizität im Stadtraum

Wallstein Verlag, Göttingen 2017, 328 p.

With contributions by Ulrike Freitag, Nora Lafi and Florian Riedler.


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?



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.



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