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Friday, 3 November, 2017

Thursday, 30 November, 5 pm, ZMO
Pop-Islamist Youth Politics in Malaysia: Rethinking 'Instruments of the Devil'
Lecture by Dominik Müller (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology) as part of the ZMO-Colloquium The Idea of Youth: Concepts, Practices and Lifeworlds of a Global Category 

The presentation will explore how Malaysia’s Islamist opposition movement, led by the Islamic Party of Malaysia (PAS), is currently undergoing dramatic cultural changes and has developed an unprecedented normative fl exibility in the fi eld of modern popular culture. Based on ethnographic data, it will elucidate how, spearheaded by its youth wing, the Islamic Party has shifted from a group that long held the image of conservative zealots who try to ban any form of art and entertainment towards being a pioneer of pop-cultural creativity for missionary (dakwah) purposes. This reorientation, however, and the underlying processes of normative change continue to be fi ercely contested within the movement, and parallel to the rise of pop-Islamism, the same media-savvy young generation is now also using pop-cultural channels to propagate more classical Islamist ideas...


Monday, 6 November 2017, ZMO
Leisure Matters: Perspectives from African Studies
Lecture by Katrin Bromber as part of the Urban Studies Seminar Urban Spaces of Leisure, Arts and Sports

How does the concept of leisure, which is based on Eurocentric notions of time, space, and work inform realities in Africa? How does it influence the ways in which we study these realities? What does leisure, as a conceptual gateway, allow us to see? During the last three decades, research on “modern” leisure activities such as cinema, sports and other forms of leisure, first and foremost, in urban African centers produced a substantial body of very interesting case studies on the subject. Furthermore, these studies have generated new questions and conceptual ideas about temporalities...

Thursday, 23 November 2017, RegenbogenKino Lausitzer Str. 22, 10999 Berlin
Der neue Iran
Reading and Lecture by Charlotte Wiedemann (in German)

Iran ist trotz autoritärer Regierung in jüngerer Zeit zu einem modernen, dynamischen, weltoffenen Land geworden – viel weniger religiös, dafür pragmatischer und weiblicher als nach der Revolution von 1979. Diesem „neuen Iran“ widmet Charlotte Wiedemann ihr großes Gesellschaftsportrait: von der großstädtischen Theaterszene zum schiitischen Volksislam, von der kurdischen Sufi-Zeremonie zum Sabbat in einer jüdischen Familie. Ein Alltag, in dem massenhaft gegen die Regeln des Regimes verstoßen wird; eine Zivilgesellschaft, die religiöse Ethik neu bestimmt....

Monday, 27 November 2017, Literaturhaus Berlin, Fasanenstraße 23, 10719 Berlin
Andere Welten: Muslime und Juden in Berlin vor 1945
Panel Discussion (in German) by Ronen Steinke (SZ), Sonja Hegasy (ZMO) and Stefanie Schüler-Springorum (ZfA)

n den 1920er und 1930er Jahren existierte in Berlin ein vielfältiges arabisches Leben, das heute in Vergessenheit geraten ist, ebenso wie dessen kulturelle, soziale und auch religiöse Nähe zur jüdischen Minderheit. Ausgehend von einer dramatischen Rettungsgeschichte aus den 1940er Jahren, die Ronen Steinke in seinem Buch »Der Muslim und die Jüdin« beschreibt, möchten wir über dieses historische – und in Europa keineswegs einzigartige – jüdisch-muslimische Verhältnis sprechen und dessen Potenzial für die Debatten der Gegenwart ausloten...


New Database "India, Raj & Empire" accessible at ZMO

As the hosting institution of the ERC project Domestic Servants in Colonial South Asia ZMO subscribed to a new interesting online resource, which can now be accessed via the ZMO library computers: The database "India, Raj & Empire" hosts a variety of materials related to the history of the British Raj. Drawing upon the manuscript collections of the National Library of Scotland this resource concerns the History of South Asia between the foundation of the East India Company in 1615 and the granting of independence to India and Pakistan in 1947. The material comprises diaries and journals, official and private papers, letters, sketches, paintings and original Indian documents containing histories and literary works...

Tenders & Calls

Call for Papers: Central Asian Studies Inside Out - Engaging with Knowledge Transfer between Academia and Actors in Society and Politics
Workshop organized in cooperation with the Institute for Asian and African Studies (IAAW)
Closing Date: 25 January 2018

Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient and the Institute for Asian and African Studies at Humboldt University Berlin invite master and PhD students from different European institutions working in the - broadly defined - field of Central Asian Studies. It is the aim of the workshop to create a platform for exchange about topics currently dealt with in Central Asian Studies in Europe and their relevance to society and politics. By meeting social and political actors, participants can develop strategies to transfer their knowledge to a broader public. The outcome of the workshop will thus be a network of young scholars in Central Asian Studies with first ideas of how to establish structures for knowledge transfer between academia, civil society, and political actors...

New Publications

Ulrike Freitag
A Twentieth-Century Merchant Network Centered on Jeddah: The Correspondence of Muḥammad b. Aḥmad Bin Ḥimd

In Journal of Northeast African Studies, 17(1),  pp. 101-130.

Abdoulaye Sounaye
Ahl Sunna in Niger

In THE ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF ISLAM (THREE), edited by Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, and Everett Rowson. Brill: Leiden and Boston, pp.1-3.

Antía Mato Bouzas
Territorialisation, Ambivalence, and Representational Spaces in Gilgit-Baltistan

In Transcultural Studies 1 (2017), pp. 197-223.

Jeanine Dagyeli
Weapon of the Discontented? Trans-River Migration as Tax Avoidance Practice and Lever in Eastern Bukhara

In Transcultural Studies 1 (2017), pp. 169-196.

Dietrich Reetz
Mediating Mobile Traditions: The Tablighi Jama'at and the International Islamic University between Pakistan and Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan)

In Transcultural Studies 1 (2017), pp. 123-168.

Sonja Hegasy
Trust State as the Third Way in the Arab World: A Concise Commentary on Hashas’s Treatise

In Reset DOC: Dialogues on Civilizations, 2017, 28 September.

Who's talking? - ZMO in the Media

Maher Massoud
الفشل الكردي والحرية العربية

ZMO guest researcher Maher Massoud on Kurdish-Arab policies in the Middle East, Al Hayat, 2 November, 2017.

Nitin Sinha
पहले शहर में राजनीति होती थी, अब शहरों की राजनीति होती है

ZMO fellow Nitin Sinha about City politics in India, The Wire Hindi, 22 October, 2017.

Claudia Ghrawi
Urban Encroachment is a Historical Trigger for Shiʿi Outrage in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Metropolis Qatif

ZMO fellow Claudia Ghrawi discusses the factor of urban encroachment for triggering uprisings of the Shi'i minority in Saudi Arabia, Global Urban History, 19 October, 2017.

With Nushin Atmaca
Die Lautsprecherin

ZMO fellow Nushin Atmaca on Seyran Ateş and the situation of Muslims in Germany, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 16 october, 2017.

With Ulrike Freitag
Frau am Steuer in Saudi-Arabien - Buch über einen Tabubruch

ZMO director Ulrike Freitag on the situation of women in Saudi Arabia,, 13 October, 2017.

With Dietrich Reetz
Debate: A Tryst with Pluralism

ZMO fellow Dietrich Reetz discussed the state of India's society with Malvika Iyer, Sadhguru and Shashi Tharoor at the World Economic Forum,, 5 October, 2017.

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