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Welcome to the Pages of the ZMO

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.

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Tenders and Calls

Call for Papers

Workshop: Climate Justice and Migration: Mobility, Development and Displacement in the Global South from 26-27 November 2019 in Berlin.

Proposals can be submitted until 1 August 2019.

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Position as student assistant (40h/month) in the research project Religion, Moral und Boko in West Afrika: Studentische Laufbahnen für ein gutes Leben (Akronym: Remoboko).

Applications can be submitted until 18 August 2019.

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Workshop: Migration in the Making of the Gulf Space: Political, Social and Cultural Dimensions from 17-18 December 2019.

Abstracts can be submitted until 10 September 2019.

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

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Upcoming Events

Monday, 15 July, 5 pm, ZMO

Islam and the Urban Space in Ottoman Tunis.

Lecture by Ahmed Saadaoui (Faculté des Lettres, des Arts et des Humanités de l'Université de La Manouba, Tunis). Please note: The presentation will be in French with an English powerpoint presentation.

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Saturday, 7 September 2019, 1 pm, ZMO

Open Day - European Heritage Days

Open day with lectures, guided tours and a concert at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient and Historische Kommision zu Berlin e.V.

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Latest Publications

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.

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Kai Kresse

Swahili Muslim Publics and
Postcolonial Experience

Indiana University Press 2018, 237 p.

   

Steffen Wippel, Andrea Fischer-Tahir (Eds.)

Jenseits etablierter Meta-Geographien

Nomos 2018, 354 p.

With contributions by Ulrike Freitag, Katrin Bromber, Britta Frede, Dietrich Reetz and Florian Riedler.

   

Anandita Bajpai

Speaking the Nation. The Oratorical Making of Secular, Neoliberal India

Oxford University Press 2018, 356 p.

   

Nora Lafi

Esprit civique et organisation citadine dans l'Empire ottoman (XVe-XXe siècles)

Brill 2018, 360 p.

   

Katrin Bromber, Katharina Lange, Heike Liebau, Anorthe Wetzel (Eds.)

The Long End Of The First World War. Ruptures, Continuities and Memories.

Campus Verlag 2018, 296 p.

   

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