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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.


ZMO mourns the death of Gerd Winkelhane (18 November 1949 – 21 September 2018)

Gerd Winkelhane was the executive director of Berlin publishing house Klaus Schwarz Verlag. As a publisher Gerd Winkelhane had direct and personal contact to his authors, editors and business partners, to which ZMO belong. Since 1994 the book series ZMO Studien is published by Klaus Schwarz Verlag. Winkelhane’s effort to successfully run and continuously foster and expand a publishing house of academic books was outstanding. Hundreds of publications in the fields of Islamic and Arabic Studies, Iranology, Turkology and Central Asian studies have been reviewed, edited and in many cases also initiated by himself. We mourn the loss of an exceptional figure and a knowledgeable and far­sighted friend of ZMO.


Tenders and Calls

ZMO is looking for a janitor in full time.
(39h/month, TVöd E3, start of work as soon as possible
but not later than 1 January 2019)

Position as Public Relations Assistant to the Director
(50% TVöD E13, starting from 1 January 2019. Applications can
be sent until 15 November 2018)

ZMO is looking for a student assistant to support the vice director
(41h/month, Applications can be sent until 31 October 2018)

10 doctoral scholarships at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (Beginn ab 1. Oktober 2019, Bewerbungen können bis zum 5. November 2018 eingereicht werden)

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


Upcoming Events

11-12 October 2018, Centre Marc Bloch, Friedrichstraße 191, 10117 Berlin

We All Wanna Change The World. The Revolutionary Sixties in the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

International Workshop organized by Leyla Dakhli (Centre Marc Bloch), Nazan Maksudyan (Centre Marc Bloch, ZMO) and Jakob Krais (FU Berlin).

11-12 October 2018, ZMO

Islam as an Epistemic Field: Imperial Entanglements and Orientalism in the German-Speaking World since 1870

Conference organized by Nils Riecken (ZMO) and Larissa Schmid (FU Berlin/ Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin).

Dienstag, 16 October 2018, 4 pm, ZMO

Buying Time. Debt and Mobility in the Western Indian Ocean.

Book presentation by Thomas F. McDow (Ohio State University).

Tuesday, 25 October 2018, 5 pm, ZMO

Köçeks in the "Culture of Beloveds": Gender, Love, and Dance Performance in the Late Ottoman Empire

Lecture by Mustafa Avcı (Altınbaş University, Istanbul) in the framework of the ZMO-Colloquium.


Latest Publications

Nora Lafi

Esprit civique et organisation citadine dans l'Empire ottoman (XVe-XXe siècles)

Brill 2018, 360 p.


Katrin Bromber, Katharina Lange, Heike Liebau, Anorthe Wetzel (Eds.)

The Long End Of The First World War. Ruptures, Continuities and Memories.

Campus Verlag 2018, 296 p.


Jörg Gertel, Ralf Hexel (Eds.)

Coping with Uncertainty. Youth in the Middle East and North Africa.

Saqi Books 2018, 400 p.

With a contribution by Sonja Hegasy.


Florian Riedler, Nora Lafi (Eds.)

Die osmanische Stadt

Moderne Stadtgeschichte, 2018-1, 83 p.


Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands

VHD Journal Themenheft: Geschichte - Politik - Gesellschaft. Wie politisch ist Erinnerung?

Open Access, July 2018, 100 p.

With a contribution by Sonja Hegasy:
Die Bedeutung von Geschichtsbildern und Geschichtswissenschaft in Gesellschaften der arabischen Welt von heute, pp. 23-27.


Sarah Jurkiewicz

Blogging in Beirut.
An Ethnography of a Digital Media Practice

Transcript Verlag 2018, 374 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.

Review by Tauseef Ahmad Parray
Review by Giovanni Vezzani


The Disorientalists: Who Was Essad Bey?



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