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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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Tenders and Calls

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

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ZMO is looking for a student assistant in the field of research coordination (20h/month) starting from 1 June (or 1 July). Applications can be sent in until
12 Mai 2017.

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Upcoming Events

27 April 2017, 6pm | NARRATING THE HAJJ | IAAW, Room 315, Invalidenstraße 118, 10115 Berlin

Manja Stephan-Emmrich (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), Beyond the Authoritative Islamic Script: Hajj Stories of Mobile Tajik Muslims

Marjo Buitelaar (University of Groningen), Moved by Mecca: The Meanings of the Hajj for Present Day Dutch Muslims

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 Katrin Bromber (ZMO) .

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Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 6 pm, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften (IAAW), Invalidenstraße 118, 10115 Berlin, Raum 415

Book Launch: New Perspectives on Islam in Africa

  • Roman Loimeier: Islamic Reform in 20th Century Africa (Edinburgh University Press, September 2016)
  • Abdoulaye Sounaye: Islam et Modernité: contribution à l'analyse de la ré-islamisation au Niger (Edition L'Harmattan, November 2016)

Booklaunch with Roman Loimeier (Universität Göttingen) and Abdoulaye Sounaye (ZMO).

An event of the Gesellschaft zur Förderung des ZMO e.V.

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Thursday, 11 May 2017, 6 pm, Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS), Altensteinstraße 48, 14195 Berlin

Islam in China's Hong Kong: A Triple Muslim Heritage and Future Challenge

Lecture by Prof Dr Ho Wai-Yip (Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies/ Education University of Hong Kong).

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Monday, 22 May 2017, 5 pm, ZMO

Security, Dispossession and Industrial Food Production in Turkey

Lecture by Sezai Ozan Zeybek (Bilgi University Istanbul) in the framework of the Urban Studies Seminar.

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Latest Publications

Soumen Mukherjee

Ismailism and Islam in Modern South Asia: Community and Identity in the Age of Religious Internationals

Cambridge University Press, 2017

 

   

Ali Khan, Ali Nobil Ahmad (Eds.)

Cinema and Society: Film and Social Change in Pakistan

Oxford University Press Pakistan, 2016, 394 p.

Foreword by Hamid Dabashi and Preface by Ali Nobil Ahmad and Ali Kahn (Excerpt)

   

Oren Eliav

Five Years

Text by Norman Saadi Nikro

Tel Aviv: Braverman Gallery, 2016, 158 p.

   

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.

   
   

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