ZMO News

Friday, April 28, 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 6 pm c. t., ZMO
Book Launch: New Perspectives on Islam in Africa
Presentation by Roman Loimeier (University of Göttingen) and Abdoulaye Sounaye (ZMO)

Roughly a third of the Muslim world population lives in Africa. The continent plays an important role for the early history of Islam. The very complexity of Islam in Africa manifests itself, to name just one example among many, in the numerous Sufi orders followed by many Africans. In recent times orthodox and fundamentalist groups seem to gain ground in Africa. In a double book launch Abdoulaye Sounaye (ZMO) and Roman Loimeier (University öf Göttingen) will present their recently published books on Islamic reform movements and their influences on politics and society.

The event is organized by the Gesellschaft zur Förderung des ZMO e.V. Please find more information in the invitation flyer and in our German press release.


Thursday, May 11, 2017, 6 pm, BGSMCS, Altensteinstr. 48, 14195 Berlin
Islam in China’s Hong Kong: A Triple Muslim Heritage and Future Challenge

Presentation by Prof Dr Wai Yip Ho (Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies/ Education University of Hong Kong)

This presentation discusses Muslim identity formation in Hong Kong. It focuses on three diasporic groups and the future they face under China’s reign. Three diasporic communities of Pakistani, Chinese Hui and Indonesian Muslims have been contributing their part to shape the distinctive Islamic culture of Hong Kong, distinguishing themselves from Muslim minorities in China, Southeast Asia and the West. Since the nineteenth century the history of Hong Kong’s Muslims, as a minority in a Chinese-dominated and religiously diverse society could be more appropriately conceptualized as “hijra”...

Monday, May 22, 2017, 5 pm, ZMO
Security, Dispossession and Industrial Food Production in Turkey

Presentation by Sezai Ozan Zeybek (Bilgi University Istanbul) as part of the Urban Studies Seminar 2016-2017

The successive waves of de-ruralisation have had a massive impact on both the rural and urban settings in Turkey. Austerity policies imposed on agriculture, transfer of commonly held pastures to mining compa - nies in the name of “public benefit” and the forced internal displace - ment of over one million (mostly Kurdish) villagers by the state in the 1990s for “security reasons” have massively accelerated the process. In this talk, I will disentangle the ways in which markets, states and su - pranational institutions intervene in ecological networks and production regimes in order to increase and accelerate capital accumulation, par - ticularly in conflict zones...

Tenders & Calls

Job Vacancy: Student Assistant at ZMO
Field: Research coordination, Closing Date: May 12, 2017

ZMO invites applications for a post as student assistant to support its research coordination. Applicants should be fluent in English and German, enrolled at a German university (no PhD students) and should have experiences in literature search and text production. Adavanced Bachelor and Master students can apply; preferably studying in the disciplines of history, social anthropology, political sciences or one of the relevant area studies...

New Publications

Abdoulaye Sounaye
Review of "Musa: an essay (or experiment) in the anthropology of the individual" by Jan Patrick Heiss

In Africa, Vol. 87, Issue 2, May 2017, pp. 429-430.

Soumen Mukherjee
Ismailism and Islam in Modern South Asia: Community and Identity in the Age of Religious Internationals

Cambridge University Press, Delhi, 2017, 300 p.

Ali Nobil Ahmad and Ali Khan (eds.)
Cinema and Society: Film and Social Change in Pakistan

Oxford University Press, Karachi, 2016, 394 p.

Foreword by Hamid Dabashi available on ZMO's website.

Who's talking? - ZMO in the Media

With Asli Vatansever
Türkei-Referendum: "Keine rationale Entscheidung"

ZMO guest researcher Asli Vatansever analyzed the referendum in Turkey in an interview Natascha Freundel, NDR Kultur, April 18, 2017.

With Deniz Yonucu
Erdogans Türkei: Wie geht es weiter nach dem Referendum?

ZMO associate Deniz Yonucu talked to Fabian Busch about potential consequences of the referendum outcome in Turkey,, April 18, 2017.

With Britta Frede
Frauen als Mittlerinnen des Islams

Britta Frede in interview with Anja Reinhardt about the activities of traditionalist female Islamic scholars in Africa, Deutschlandfunk, April 14, 2017.

With Asli Vatansever
Referendum in der Türkei: Was würde ein ja oder nein bedeuten?

Asli Vatansever discusses different potential scenarios for the referendum outcome in Turkey, RadioEins, April 13, 2017.

With Nazan Maksudyan
"Ich werde zum Schweigen gebracht"

Nazan Maksudyan talks about the difficult situation of academics in Turkey, Süddeutsche Zeitung, April 10, 2017.

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