Welcome to the Pages of the ZMO
The 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
centres. The core funding of ZMO is provided by the Senate of
Berlin and the Federal Ministry for Education and Research. 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)
We congratulate Dr Britta Frede on the Research Award of the
Annemarie-Schimmel-Foundation for Islamic Studies
Britta Frede studied Islamic Studies, Political Sciences and African History in Freiburg, Damascus and Berlin. From 2006 to 2011 she was a Ph.D. student at ZMO. In 2014, her award-winning dissertation ‚Die Erneuerung der Tigānīya in Mauretanien. Popularisierung religiöser Ideen in der Kolonialzeit‘ was published in the book series ZMO-Studien by Klaus Schwarz Verlag, Berlin.
Thursday, November 26th, 2015, 5 pm, ZMO
Abide in Me: An Enduring Faith in the Disappearing City. Reflections from the 'Deep South'
Lecture by AbdouMalik Simone (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity) in the framework of the Kolloquium The Future of the City: Contested Urbanism in Asia, Africa and the Middle East
Friday, November 27th, 2015, 9 am - 6.30 pm, TU Berlin, Architekturgebäude (Straße des 17. Juni 152, 10587 Berlin, Raum A 060)
Begegnungen - Archäologie und Ethnologie im Dialog. Erfahrungen und
Reflexionen aus der Praxis in Vorder- und Zentralasien und Nordafrika
Flyer | Programme
Interdisciplinary colloquium, organized by the Zentrum Moderner Orient and the faculty for Historical Building Research of the TU Berlin in cooperation with SFB 1070 "Resource culturen" of the University of Tübingen as well as the Austrian Archaeological Institute Vienna. Supported by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.
Monday, November 30th, 2015, 5 pm, ZMO
Peruvian Amazonian Indigenous Peoples as Refugees in their Own Country: The Urban Condition in Lima
Lecture by Maija Susarina (ZMO) in the framework of the Urban Studies Seminar
Tuesday, December 1st, 2015, 2 pm, ZMO
In the Lap of the Mountains: The Irrigation Systems of Ladakh's Farming Communities
Film screening and discussion with Joe Hill
Thursday, December 3rd, 2015, 4 pm, FU Berlin, "Holzlaube" (Fabeckstraße 23-25, 14195 Berlin, Room 2.2051)
Oman's Maritime Relations in Modern History
Lecture by Prof. Dr. Mohammed ben Saad Al Muqadam (Sultan Qaboos University Muscat, Oman)
Bush Bound. Young Men and Rural Permanence in Migrant West Africa
Berghahn, 2015, 232 p.
Ulrike Freitag, William Clarence-Smith
aš-Šatāt al-ḥaḍramī : tuǧǧār, ʿulamāʾ, wa-riǧāl daula ḥaḍārim fi 'l-Muḥīṭ al-Hindī 1750-1960, Tarīm li-l-dirasāt wa-l-našr
Übersetzung: 'Abdallah 'Abd al-Rahman al-Kaf., 2014 (Übersetzung von Ulrike Freitag, William Clarence-Smith, eds., Hadhrami Traders, Scholars and Statesmen in the Indian Ocean, 1750s-1960s. Leiden, Brill 1997)
Egypt in the Future Tense. Hope, Frustration, and Ambivalence before and after 2011
Indiana University Press, 2015, 261 p.
Ulrike Freitag, Nelida Fuccaro, Claudia Ghrawi, Nora Lafi (eds.)
Urban Violence in the Middle East. Changing Cityscapes in the Transition from Empire to Nation State
Berghahn, 2015, 334 p.
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