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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Thursday, 29 June 2017, 6 pm, FU Berlin, Room 2.2059, Fabeckstraße 23-25, 14195 Berlin
Final Session of the Colloquium At the Centre of the World? A Spatial Approach to the Hajj Pilgrimage

In the final session of the Colloquium Prof Dr Nile Green (University of California) will focus in his talk on the structural transformations of the Hajj as a consequence of its integration into the global networks of industrial communications in the Age of Steam, while Prof Dr Eileen Kane (Connecticut College) will explore in her lecture the transformative effects of European Imperialism on the Hajj.

The session is organized by the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies and takes place at Freie Universität Berlin. Prof Dr Gudrun Krämer (BGSMCS) will moderate the session. Please find more information in the invitation flyer.


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Monday, 12 June 2017, 5 pm, ZMO
Between Terkos and Pera: Plural Ruralities and the Idea of Urbanity in late-Ottman Istanbul
Lecture by Koca Mehmet Kentel (University of Washington) as part of the Urban Studies Seminar 2016-2017

Pera, the ‘modern’ and ‘European’ district of Istanbul – then the Ottoman capital – has often been praised in the academic and popular literature as the quintessential example of late 19th and early 20th century Mediterranean cosmopolitanism. Its theater halls, gardens, cafés, restaurants, and department stores were hailed as ultimate cosmopolitan spaces, filled with authors, diplomats, artists, and merchants from all around the world. However, as a reflection of general problems with the literature on cosmopolitanism, the conventional historiography has not problematized the materiality through which the ‘cosmopolitan’ Pera emerged, or the environmental encounters that took place in the process. The modernization of its urban space was studied in isolation, without connecting it to the larger geography of Istanbul...

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Thursday, 22 June 2017, 6 pm, ZMO
Libanons konfessionalistisches System und ausländische Interventionen
Lecture by Prof Dr Abdel Raouf Sinno (Université St. Joseph Beirut). The lecture will be held in German

Das politische System des Libanon basiert heute auf religiöser und konfessioneller Zugehörigkeit. Die osmanische Vergangenheit des Landes, europäische Interventionen, aber auch das von der französischen Mandatsmacht implementierte Herrschaftssystem haben maß-geblich zu dieser Situation beigetragen. Auch nach der Unabhängigkeit wurde das System nie grundlegend revidiert und hat u.a. dazu beigetragen, dass sich keine konfessionsübergreifende nationale Identität ausgebildet hat. Mit dem Abkommen von Ta’if wurde 1989 der 1975 ausgebrochene Bürgerkrieg beendet, wenn auch unter syrischer Besatzung. Schon zuvor hatten sich Syrien und Israel informell auf eine Teilung des Landes in Einflusszonen verständigt...

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017, 4 pm, ZMO
Serving India: A Political Biography of Subimal Dutt (1903-1992)
Book launch with author Amit Das Gupta (Universität der Bundeswehr München)

This first academic biography of an Indian civil servant in the 20th century covers the nearly nine decades of the life of Subimal Dutt, best known as India’s longest serving Foreign Secretary. It tells the story how a Bengali village boy had one of the most distinguished careers of his generation without ever for-getting his roots. Struggling all his life between professional ambition and deep spirituality, Dutt never transformed into one of those ‘brown Englishmen’ so typical of South Asia’s civil servants, but remained a strictly impartial, straightforward and incorruptible officer of – as he formulated it himself - the ‘vernacular type’...

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New Publications

Nitin Sinha
Measuring “Disaster”: The “Everydayness” of Fluvial Landscapes and the Colonial State in Gangetic Diaras, 1790s–1880s

In Historical Disaster Experiences: Towards a Comparative and Transcultural History of Disasters Across Asia and Europe, ed. by Gerrit Jasper Schenk, Springer, 2017, pp. 369-378.

Joseph-Désiré Som-I
Participer dans un «bocal»: Acteurs, enjeux et cadrage du budget participatif dans la Tunisie de l’après-Ben Ali

In GIS Démocratie et Participation, Actes du Colloque “Les expérimentations démocratiques aujourd'hui. Convergences, fragmentations, portées politiques”, April 2017.

Nora Lafi
Policing the Medina: Public Order in Tunis at the Time of the Tanzimat (1857–1864)

In Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association, Vol. 4, No. 1, May 2017, pp. 55-71.

Joseph-Désiré Som-I
Tunisia: "Unemployment has killed me"

In Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy, May 2017.

Sanaa Alimia
Vom Ende der Geduld: Afghanische Flüchtlinge in Pakistan

FES Survey, Sep-tember 2016.

Alumni News

Dr Farish Noor in "Shadows Of Empires"

In Channel NewsAsia's "Inventing SoutheastAsia", historian, political scientist and ZMO Alumni Dr Farish Noor shows why he thinks Southeast Asians are still living in the long shadow of 19th century colonialism.

Dr Farsh Noor was from February 2003 to December 2007 research fellow at ZMO. He conducted two research projects at ZMO and worked here on Islamic educational reform in Malaysia and Indonesia and on transcultural exchange through education between Southeast Asia and South Asia.

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Who's talking? - ZMO in the Media

With Abdoulaye Sounaye
Wird der Islam in Afrika radikaler?

Abdoulaye Sounaye on the question "Is Islam becoming more radical in Africa?", Deutsche Welle, 01 June, 2017.

Deniz Yonucu
Turkey’s united front against Kurds and democracy

Deniz Yonucu on the effects of the political success of Kurds in Turkey, OpenDemocracy, 28 May, 2017.

With Asli Vatansever
Verbannt in Berlin

 Asli Vatansever on obstacles and possibilities for Turkish scholars in exile, Spiegel Online, 28 May, 2017.

With Sonja Hegasy
Darauf müssen Urlauber während des Ramadan achten

Sonja Hegasy gave helpful hints for vacationers in Muslim countries during Ramadan, Der Westen, 24 May, 2017.

Joseph Désiré Som-I
L'hiver arrive? Le chômage des jeunes au cœur d'une révolution tunisienne inaboutie

Joseph-Désiré Som-I on the on the rampant unemployment in Tunis and its political impact, HuffPost Maghreb, 23 May, 2017.

With Asli Vatansever
Kritische Akademiker fliehen aus der Türkei nach Deutschland

Asli Vatansever on the persecution of academics in Turkey and her exile in Berlin, Berliner Morgenpost, 14 May, 2017.

Nitin Sinha
Railways and the Raj: Travelling Through ‘Bad Imperialism’ and ‘Good Nationalism’

Nitin Sinha explores in his new op-ed the history of the Indian railways, The Wire, 13 May, 2017.

Nushin Atmaca
Ehrenamt und Bürgersinn aus muslimischer Perspektive

Nushin Atmaca discusses the idea of "volunteer work" in German society from a Muslim perspective, BBE-Newsletter, May, 2017.

Deniz Yonucu
Colonial Envy and the Success of the Kurdish Political Struggle

Deniz Yonucu reflects in her new op-ed on the ramifications of the referendum in Turkey, APLA, 11 May, 2017.

With Nazan Maksudyan
Zur aktuellen Situation türkischer Wissenschaftler*innen

Nazan Maksudyan on the situation of academics in Turkey, zeitgeschichte online, 7 May, 2017.

ZMO wishes its Muslim subscribers a blessed and happy Ramadan 1438/2017!

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