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

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Tenders and Calls

ZMO is looking for a janitor in full time.
(39h/month, TVöd E3, start of work as soon as possible
but not later than 1 January 2019)

Position as Public Relations Assistant to the Director
(50% TVöD E13, starting from 1 January 2019. Applications can
be sent until 15 November 2018)

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

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

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Upcoming Events

Monday, 19 November 2018, 5 pm, ZMO

Pacta Sunt Servanda: Socialism, Islamism, Neoliberalism and Rent Conflicts in Egypt

Lecture by Yahia Shawkat (Co-founder of 10 Tooba, Berlin) im Rahmen des Urban Studies Seminars.

Thursday, 29 November 2018, 5 pm, ZMO

Hymens, Sex, and Money: Interrogating the Economics of Virginity in the Middle East

Lecture by Ebtihal Mahadeen (University of Edinburgh) in the framework of the ZMO-Colloquium.

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Latest Publications

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.

   

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.

   

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

   

The Disorientalists: Who Was Essad Bey?

 

   

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