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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 congratulates its partner institution the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies for the Einstein Award of Doctoral Programmes

At its New Year reception on 18 January 2018, the Einstein Foundation Berlin awarded the Graduate School the Einstein Prize for Doctoral Programmes. The prize honours outstanding structured doctoral programmes. The award money will be used to continue the scholarship programme for doctoral students, to introduce pre-doc funding allowing promising candidates to further refine their proposals, to support excellent graduates in the next stage of their career as well as to expand activities in knowledge exchange and knowledge communication (“third mission”).

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Tenders and Calls

International Parliamentary Scholarship (IPS) of the German Bundestag:
Programme for Arab Countries 2018

(The original deadline of 31 January was extended. Applications
can now be sent until 15 February 2018)

PhD position in the framework of the DFG-project "Das moderne Indien in deutschen Archiven" (MIDA) at the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient
(Applications can be sent in until 15 March 2018)

PhD position in the framework of the DFG-project "Das moderne Indien in deutschen Archiven" (MIDA) at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
(Applications can be sent in until 15 March 2018)

Postdoctoral position in the framework of the DFG-project "Das moderne Indien in deutschen Archiven" (MIDA) at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
(Applications can be sent in until 15 March 2018)

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


Upcoming Events

22 February 2018, 5 pm, ZMO

What Do Pensions Have To Do with Youth? A Relational Approach to Youth in International Development

Lecture by Nicola Ansell (Brunel University, London) in the framework of the

Wednesday, 28 February 2018, 8 pm, Bumiller Collection Studio for Islamic Art, Naunynstraße 68, 10997 Berlin

Berliner Nachtungen #7: Moralities of Odienné by Night: an anthropology of light and darkness

Lecture by André Chappatte (ZMO) in the framework of the interdisciplinary seminar series Berliner Nachtungen.


Latest Publications

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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