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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.


ZMO mourns the death of Peter Sebald (1934-2018)

Dr Peter Sebald was a historian whose research focused particularly on the history of Togo under German colonial rule and beyond. Following his studies in history under Walter Markov in Leipzig, he worked among other places also in Zanzibar and conducted then his research from 1978 until 1991 at the Institute for general history (Academy of Sciences of the GDR) in the field ‘Developing Countries History’, a predecessor institution of ZMO. Instead of continuing his academic career in re-united Germany Peter Sebald decided for a long-term archival research and teaching stay in the Togolese capital Lomé (1990 until 2010). In this context he gathered an extensive stock of archival sources, which was donated to ZMO and which is currently reviewed by Alisher Karabaev for incorporation into the inventory of the ZMO library. In some of his notes and comments, which can be found in this stock, Peter Sebald is revealed as the curious, self-reflective and humorous colleague that we hold in grateful memory.


Please note the opening hours of ZMO library
from March 13-16, 2018

Tuesday: 9-17
Wednesday: 13-18
Thursday: 9-13
Friday: closed


Tenders and Calls

PhD position in the framework of the DFG-project "Das moderne Indien in deutschen Archiven" (MIDA) at the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient
(Applications can be sent in until 15 March 2018)

PhD position in the framework of the DFG-project "Das moderne Indien in deutschen Archiven" (MIDA) at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
(Applications can be sent in until 15 March 2018)

Postdoctoral position in the framework of the DFG-project "Das moderne Indien in deutschen Archiven" (MIDA) at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
(Applications can be sent in until 15 March 2018)

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


Upcoming Events

Thursday, 22 March 2018, 5 pm, ZMO

'Challenge to Youth': Reconsidering India's Programme of Nation-Building from the Independence Movement to the Cold War

Lecture by Franziska Roy (ZMO) as part of the ZMO-Colloquium The Idea of Youth: Concepts, Practices and Lifeworlds of a Global Category.


Latest Publications

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.


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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