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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. Currently it is funded mainly by the Senate Chancellery Higher Education and Research of the Federal State of Berlin, the German Research Association DFG, and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Its current director is Prof. Ulrike Freitag, a Modern Middle East historian.


Tenders and Calls

Call for Papers: Making Sense of Climate Change - Models, Cosmologies and Practices from Africa, Asia and the Middle East / Donner sense au changement climatique - modèles, cosmologies et pratiques de L'Afrique du Nord et du Moyen Orient

Workshop at ZMO, 8-9 June 2020. Applications can be submitted until 15 November 2019.


International Parliamentary Scholarship of the German Bundestag (IPS)
Applications can be submitted until 1 December 2019.


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


Upcoming Events

26-27 November 2019, ZMO

Climate Justice and Migration: Mobility, Development, and Displacement in
the Global South

Workshop organised by Kirsten Maas Albert (Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung) and Ali Nobil Ahmad (ZMO).


Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 7.30 pm, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Schumannstraße 8, 10117 Berlin

Klimabedingte Migration im Blick? Neue Ideen für eine klima- und umweltfokussierte Migrationspolitik

Roundtable discussion with Claudia Roth (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, Vice president of the German Bundestag), Dr. Avidan Kent (University of East Anglia), Dr. Ali Nobil Ahmad (ZMO) und Christoph Bals (Germanwatch e. V.).


Thursday, 28 November 2019, 5 pm, ZMO

The Purva-Paksha of the Indian Modern: History, Critique, and Constructive Philosophy

Lecture by Rakesh Pandey (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi) as part of ZMO's colloquium.


Monday, 9 December 2019, 5 pm, ZMO

Intersecting Paths. Sufi Connections across the North Caucasus and the Russian Urals

Lecture by Dr. Shamil Shikhaliev (Russian Academy of Sciences Makhachkala) & Dr. Jesko Schmoller (ZMO) as part of the ZMO-lecture series Central Eurasian Studies and Translocality. A Debate Unfolding.


Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 6 pm, Ethnologisches Museum, Lansstraße 8, 14195 Berlin

Rewriting the humanities from Africa: for an ecology of knowledge

Lecture by Prof. Dr. Felwine Sarr, Gaston Berger University, Senegal. First "Annual Berlin Southern Theory Lecture" organised by ZMO in cooperation with the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at FU Berlin.


Latest Publications

Malte Fuhrmann

Konstantinopel - Istanbul
Stadt der Sultane und Rebellen

Fischer Verlag, 464 p.


Nitin Sinha, Nitin Varma (Eds.)

Servants' Pasts. Late Eighteenth to Twentieth-Century South Asia, Vol. 2

Orient BlackSwan, 340 p.


Nitin Sinha, Nitin Varma, Pankaj Jha (Eds.)

Servants' Pasts. Sixteenth to Eighteenth Century
South Asia, Vol. 1

Orient BlackSwan, 440 p.


Bello Adamou Mahamadou

La Ville de Diffa face à Boko Haram et à l'afflux des réfugiés nigérians

L'Harmattan, 176 p.


Katrin Bromber, Jakob Krais (Eds.)

Shaping the "New Man" in Africa, Asia and the Middle East: Practices, Networks and Mobilization

Comparativ, Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung, 28. Jahrgang, Heft 5.

Leipziger Universitätsverlag, 138 p.


Burkhard Schnepel, Tansen Sen (Eds.)

Travelling Pasts.
The Politics of Cultural Heritage in the
Indian Ocean World

Brill 2019, 275 p.

With a contribution by Ulrike Freitag.


Antía Mato Bouzas

Kashmir as a Borderland.
The Politics of Space and Belonging across
the Line of Control

Amsterdam University Press 2019, 206 p.


Mathias Albert, Sonja Hegasy

(Politics. In: Dilemma of the Youth in the Middle East and North Africa)

Ed. by Ralf Hexel und Jörg Gertel.
Saqi Books 2019, 327-350.


Julien Brachet, Judith Scheele

The Value of Disorder.
Autonomy, Prosperity, and Plunder in
the Chadian Sahara

Cambridge University Press 2019, 273 p.


Sonja Hegasy, Norman Saadi Nikro (Eds.)

Special Issue: Memories of Violence, Social Life and Political Culture in the Maghreb and Mashreq

Memory Studies Vol. 12, Issue 3, June 2019

With contributions by Sonja Hegasy
and Norman Saadi Nikro.


Norman Saadi Nikro

Milieus of ReMemory. Relationalities of Violence, Trauma, and Voice

Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2019, 207 p.



Kai Kresse

Swahili Muslim Publics and
Postcolonial Experience

Indiana University Press 2018, 237 p.

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