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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. Its current director is Prof. Ulrike Freitag, a Modern Middle East historian.


Tenders and Calls

ZMO is looking for a student assistant to support the research
group Progress: Ideas, Agents, Symbols.
(up to 41h/month, Applications can be sent until 30 September 2018)

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


Upcoming Events

25-26 September 2018, ZMO

The Land Question in North Africa in an Era of Global Resource Grabs and Ecological Crisis

Workshop organized by Joseph-Désiré Som-I (ZMO), Mathilde Fautras (Villers-lès-Nancy University), Mohammed Benidir (Ecole Nationale d'Architecture de Tétouan) and Guilio Iocco (DISPeS and CeSSR, University of Calabria).

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 5 pm s.t., ZMO

Performing Critique in Chaza Charafeddine's "Divine Comedy"

Lecture by Charlotte Bank (Berlin) in the framework of the ZMO-Colloquium.

27-28 September 2018, Institut für Afrika- und Asienwissenschaften, Invalidenstraße 118, Berlin

Entangled Archives: Perspectives from Modern India in German Archives

Conference organized by the Institute for Asian and African Studies and Modern India in German Archives (MIDA).

Thursday, 4 October 2018, bi'bak, Prinzenallee 59, 13359 Berlin

Mothering From Afar - Short Film Program

Film screening and discussion with Hilal Alkan Zeybek (ZMO).

Monday, 8 October 2018, 7.30 pm, Katholische Akademie in Berlin, Hannoversche Str. 5, 10115 Berlin

Zwischen Tunis, Teheran und Raqqa:
Welche Wege zur Demokratie im Nahen Osten?

Lecture and panel discussion with Adnan Tabatabai (Bonn), Daniel Gerlach (Berlin) Aktham Suliman (Berlin), Anne-Béatrice Clasmann (Berlin) and Kristin Helberg (Berlin). Cooperative event of the Gesellschaft zur Förderung des ZMO, the Katholische Akademie in Berlin and the HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform.

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).


Latest Publications

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.


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.

Review by Tauseef Ahmad Parray
Review by Giovanni Vezzani


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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