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Lecture Series

At the Centre of the World? A Spatial Approach to the Hajj Pilgrimage

Organized by the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS), the Institute for Asian and African Studies (IAAW) and Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO)

Poster with programme


27 October 2016, 6pm | TRANSPORT & GEOGRAPHICAL HISTORY | ZMO, Kirchweg 33, 14129 Berlin

Baz Lecocq (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), Planes, Prayers and Practicalities: Transport and the Transformations in the Pilgrims' Journey to Mecca

Eric Tagliacozzo (Cornell University), Remembering Devotion: Oral History and the Pilgrimage to Mecca from Southeast Asia

Chaired by Ulrike Freitag (ZMO)

26 January 2017, 6pm | 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

Chaired by Chanfi Ahmed (IAAW)

23 February 2017, 6pm | PIETY, COSMOPOLITANISM, SCHOLARSHIP | IAAW, Room 315, Invalidenstraße 118, 10115 Berlin

Chanfi Ahmed (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin), Hajj, Scholarship and Salafism. The Case of the Ethiopian Born, Shaykh Muhammad Aman al-Jami (1930-1995) and the al-Jamiyya Movement in Saudi Arabia

Irit Back (Tel Aviv University), From West Africa to Mecca: The Case of the Tijaniyya during the Colonial Period

Chaired by Manja Stephan-Emmrich (IAAW)

30 March 2017, 6pm | HAJJ & EMPIRES | ZMO, Kirchweg 33, 14129 Berlin

Lale Can (City University of New York), The Dilemmas of a Muslim Empire: The Ottomans and Hajj at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

John Slight (University of Cambridge), The Hajj in Imperial Space and Time: The Case of the British Empire

Chaired by Katrin Bromber (ZMO)

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

Chaired by Katrin Bromber (ZMO)

29 June 2017, 6pm | CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE HAJJ | BGSMCS, Room 2.2058, Fabeckstraße 23-25, 14195 Berlin

Nile Green (University of California, Los Angeles), Spaces of Impiety: Hajj Narratives from the Age of Steam and Print

Eileen Kane (Connecticut College), European Empires and the Making of the Globalized Hajj

Chaired by Gudrun Krämer (BGSMCS)


Urban Studies Seminar 2016/2017

Organized by Prof. Dr. Ulrike Freitag (ZMO), PD Dr. Habil. Nora Lafi (ZMO) und Dr. Katharina Lange (ZMO)

Time and Location:
The events will take place in the rooms of ZMO every second Monday from 5-7 pm.


Annual Theme:
Rethinking Urban-Rural Relations in an Age of Migration, Displacement, Environmental Transformations and Fringe Urbanization

Poster with programme Icon


21 November 2016, Peter Dirksmeier (Humboldt University): What is Still Relevant for Urban Theory Today in Williams The Country and the City?

1 December 2016, Thursday at 5 pm, Nikhil Rao (Wellesley College): Bombay's Urban Edge: Villages, Suburbs, and Slums on the City's Fringe

5 December 2016, Steven Serels (ZMO): Impoverished Rural Displaced Populations in Cities of the African Red Sea Littoral: Between Global History and Local Reconfigurations

16 January 2017, Patrick Schukalla (ZMO): Displacing the Displaced: Critical Thinking on Urban Projects in Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania)

6 February 2017, Yücel Terzibaşoğlu (Boğaziçi University Istanbul): Town and Country in Western Anatolia and the Balkans in the Long Nineteenth Century: Land, People and Work -canceled-

24 April 2017, Hilal Alkan (Istanbul, EUME/ZMO 2015-16): Between Neighbourliness and Animosity: Emergence of new Polities during Syrian Migration to Turkish cities

8 May 2017, Astrid Meier (Orient Institut Beirut): Reflections on the transformation of urban-rural relationships in Lebanon: A Critical Revisitation of Research Methods and Paradigms

22 May 2017, Sezai Ozan Zeybek (Bilgi University Istanbul): Security, Dispossession and Industrial Food Production in Turkey

12 June 2017, Koca Mehmet Kentel (University of Washington): Between Terkos and Pera: Plural Ruralities and the Idea of Urbanity in Late-Ottoman Istanbul

26 June 2017, Simon Jackson (University of Birmingham) and Christèle Allès (Université de Nantes): Rethinking Dichotomies: Concessions, Collectives and Continuities in the Water Politics of Mandate Syria-Lebanon

10 July 2017, Elyssa Jalloul (Philipps-Universität Marburg): The Revenge of the Rurals? Urban Trajectories around Ezzituna Mosque in post-2011 Tunis


Single Event

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).


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.


Thursday, 16 February 2017, 5 pm, Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung (ZfL), Schützenstraße 18, 10117 Berlin

The New Iraqi Protest Movement (2015-2016): From Identity to Issue Politics and Beyond

Lecture by Dr Faleh Abdul-Jabbar (Iraq Institute for Strategic Studies, Beirut). Please register with:


Monday, 9 January 2017, 6 pm, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Auditorium, Unter den Linden 2, 10117 Berlin

Die Entdeckung historischer Authentizität als Identitätsressource auf der arabischen Halbinsel?

Lecture by Prof Dr Ulrike Freitag (ZMO) in the framework of the lecture series Die Sehnsucht nach dem Echten - Historische Authentizität in Museen, Stadträumen, Wissenschaft und Erinnerungskultur.

Exhibitions / Performances / Films

31 March - 7 April 2017

8. ALFILM - Arab Film Festival Berlin




11 January 2017 - 19 March, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Atrium Georgenstr. 47, 10117 Berlin

Lives from a Global Conflict. Cultural Entanglements during the First World War

Poster | Flyer

Exhibition organized by HERA, ZMO, Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 8-11 pm, Hackesche Höfe Kino, Rosenthaler Straße 40/41, 10178 Berlin

"Le Puits/The Well" (Engl. Subs) with Director Lotfi Bouchouchi in Attendance

Filmscreening and subsequent discussion with director Lotfi Bouchouchi and Nora Lafi (ZMO). Hosted by AfricAvenir International and ZMO.

Conferences and Symposia

5 April 2017, Maison des Sciences de l'Homme-Paris Nord

Les chemins buissonniers de la démocratie participative en Afrique

Workshop organized by Giovanni Allegretti (CES, University of Coimbra) and Joseph-Désiré Som-I (ZMO). To participate, please register with:


22-24 March 2017, ZMO

Modalities of Co-Existence Across Religious Difference. Critical Terms for the Study of Indigenous Religion, Christianity and Islam in Plural Settings in Africa and Beyond

Closed conference organized by Kai Kresse (Columbia University/ visiting fellow BGSMCS), Birgit Meyer (Utrecht University/ZMO) and Abdoulaye Sounaye (ZMO). If you would like to participate, please register with:


16-18 February 2017, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, 29, Rajpur Road, Delhi 110054, India

Servants' Pasts, 16th to 20th Century

Conference organized by Charu Gupta (University Delhi), Ravikant (CSDS), Nitin Varma (Re:Work, Humboldt University) und Nitin Sinha (ZMO).