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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.

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Tenders and Calls

ZMO searches for a student assistant in the project "Behave literature in the late Ottoman and early Republican period", starting from 1 June 2016
(Applications can be sent in until 31 May 2016)

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Six Travel Grants for the Herrenhausen-Symposium "The Long End of the First World War: Ruptures, continuities and memories" (8-10 May 2017)
(Applications can be sent in until 1 November 2016)

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

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The Middle East And North Africa Today: Crises, Mobilities and Paths to the Future
(Summer School, Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Lisbon, 25-29 July 2016)

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Christians and Muslims in Africa. Towards a Framework for the Study of
Multi-Religious Settings

Summer School (ZMO, 14-20 July 2016. Call closed)

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, 31 May 2016, 6 pm, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften (IAAW), Room 315, Invalidenstr. 118, 10115 Berlin

The Politics of Non-Jewish Labour in Israel: Nationalist Exclusion vs. Laboral Inclusion

Lecture by Dr. Barak Kalir (University of Amsterdam) in the framework of the lecture series The Middle East and South Asia in Conversation: Interventions, Control, and Resistance in the 21st Century

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Monday, 6 June 2016, 5 pm, ZMO

Refugee Children in Ottoman Cities: Public Order and Philanthropy in the Late Ottoman Empire

Lecture by Prof Dr Nazan Maksudyan (Kemerburgaz University, Istanbul) in the framework of the Urban Studies Seminar

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Thursday, 9 June, 5 pm, ZMO

The Ahmadiyya Quest for Religious Progress: Missionizing Europe 1900-1965

Book presentation by Dr Gerdien Jonker (Erlangen University). Hosted by the Gesellschaft zur Förderung des ZMO e. V.

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Latest Publications

Nelida Fuccaro (Ed.)

Violence and the City in the Modern Middle East

Stanford University Press, 2016, 312 p.

With contributions by Prof Dr Ulrike Freitag, Dr Nora Lafi and Claudia Ghrawi.

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Birgit Meyer

Sensational Movies. Video, Vision, and Christianity in Ghana

University of Californa Press, Berkeley, 2015, 408 p.

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Paolo Gaibazzi

Bush Bound. Young Men and Rural Permanence in Migrant West Africa

Berghahn, 2015, 232 p.

Introduction

Bush Bound

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Samuli Schielke

Egypt in the Future Tense. Hope, Frustration, and Ambivalence before and after 2011

Indiana University Press, 2015, 261 p.

 

Samuli schielke_ Egypt in the future tense

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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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