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Friday, January 06, 2017

Thursday, January 26th, 2017, 6 pm
Second Session of the Colloquium At the Centre of the World? A Spatial Approach to the Hajj Pilgrimage

In this session Saud Serhan, Researcher at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, will talk in his lecture "Political or Apolitical Hajj" about different positions about the question whether the occasion of the hajj pilgrimage could or should be used for political ends, while Prof Dr Werner Ende, emeritus of the University of Freiburg, will shed light on theological regulations and practical aspects in regard to the participation of women in performing the hajj pilgrimage.

The Session takes place at ZMO and will be moderated by Dr Chanfi Ahmed (IAAW). Please find more information in the invitation flyer.


Monday, January 9th, 2017, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Auditorium, Unter den Linden 2, 10117 Berlin
Die Entdeckung historischer Authentizität als Identitätsressource auf der arabischen Halbinsel?
Lecture by ZMO director Ulrike Freitag

This lecture by ZMO director Ulrike Freitag is titled "The discovery of historical authenticity as a resource of identity on the Arabian Peninsula?".

The lecture is part of the lecture Series Die Sehnsucht nach dem Echten, organized by the Humboldt University and the Leibniz Research Alliance Historical Authenticity. The lecture series addresses different questions in regard to the construction of historical authenticity through objects, documents and places.

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017, Hackesche Höfe Kino, Rosenthaler Straße 40/41, 10178 Berlin
"Le Puits/The Well" (Engl. Subs) with Director Lotfi Bouchouchi in Attendance

Filmscreening organized by AfricAvenir, with a following discussion with ZMO fellow Nora Lafi

"The Well" tells the trepeditions of an Algerian village embar-goed by French soliders during war-torn Algeria under French colonialism. In the middle of the Algerian War of Independence, soldiers of the French army suspect a village in southern Algeria to host the mujahideen having decimated a French commando. The soldiers surround the village and the vulnerable villagers are gradually faced with thirst. The villagers soon realize that they have to either confront the soldiers, either die of thirst trapped within the walls of the village...

Monday, January 16th, 2017, ZMO
Displacing the Displaced: Critical Thinking on Urban Projects in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)
Lecture by ZMO fellow Patrick Schukalla as part of the Urban Studies Seminar

Urban large-scale development projects stand out in terms of size, number of affected people, financial expenditure, political relevance and media representation. They appear as something “special”, urban contestations accompany them and political preferences become evident along their planning process. In the case of the New Kigamboni City Project in Dar es Salaam / Tanzania, which was planned and much debated since 2008, planners and government officials intended to dis - possess and resettle a huge number of inhabitants of Dar es Salaam’s periurban area of Kigamboni in order to make way for “an ultramodern city and for orderly development”...

Tenders & Calls

Job Vacancy: Student Assistant at ZMO
Section: Public Relations, Deadline: January 21

ZMO is looking for a student assistant (41h per month) for its public relations office. The post is limited for the time span between February 1 till March 31 2017. Applicants should have skills in editing of HTML websites and desktop publishing (InDesign, Photoshop).

Applications can be sent in until January 21.

New Publications

Orient Bulletin:
History, Society and Culture in Asia, the Middle East and Africa

ZMO Orient Bulletin No. 31, 2016, 8 p. With an editorial article by ZMO director Ulrike Freitag on ZMO's admission to the Leibniz Association.

Samuli Schielke and Mukhtar Saad Shehata
The writing of lives. An ethnography of writers and their milieus in Alexandria

ZMO Working Papers, No. 17, 2016, 25 pp.

Nils Riecken
Relational Difference and the Grounds of Comparison: Abdallah Laroui's Critique of Centrism

In ReOrient, Vol. 2, 1, Autumn 2016, pp.12-30.

Patrick Schukalla
Uranium Exploration in Tanzania – Mining Outsetand the nuclear front end

In HABARI, ed. by Tanzania Network e.V., 4, 2016, pp. 54-56.

Sonja Hegasy
Marokko während des Arabischen Frühlings

In Informationshefte zur politischen Bildung, No. 331, ed. by Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, 3-4/2016, p. 70.

Who's talking? - ZMO in the Media

With Dietrich Reetz
Erfurter Moschee erhitzt die Gemüter – Islam-Experte beantwortet eure Fragen

Dietrich Reetz answered questions on the Ahmadiyya community in the context of plans by the community to build a mosque in Erfurt, Germany, THÜRINGEN24, December 22, 2016.

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