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Tuesday, 3 July, 2018

Monday, 9 July, Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Schützenstraße 18, 10117 Berlin
From Extremism to Moderation: Religious Trans - formation in Contemporary Saudi Arabia
Lecture by Besnik Sinani (Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies)

In 2017, Muhammad b. Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, announced the return of his country to religious moderation, a period in time that he marked as ‘pre-1979.’ In the West, where Saudi Arabia is often portrayed as a global promoter of a conservative and even extremist interpretation of Islam, the announcement of the Crown Prince was received with both enthusiasm and skepticism. What does Saudi religious moderation mean? How will it affect the religious policies of the country domestically and abroad? What are the driving principles of this policy, and how is it related to broader changes in the Saudi society?


Thursday, 5 July 2018, 2 pm, ZMO
Transcendant et vécu dans la culture saharienne (de quelques aspects du chant religieux)
Lecture by Fatimatou Abdel Wahhab (Université du Nouakchott)

Ce thème traite de la problématique générale des rapports entre dis- cours et réalité, en particulier, l‘infl uence du contexte social sur les formes d‘expression, aussi divergente et transcendante que puisse paraître la condition humaine sous-jacente. Cette tentative est basée sur l’étude de certains aspects relatifs à l’interaction au sein du champ religieux tel que pratiqué à différents niveaux de la pyramide sociale dans les sociétés sahariennes, entre ce qui est transcendant et sacré dans les croyances et représenta- tions, d’une part, et ce qui est du vécu quotidien...

Tenders & Calls

ZMO Visiting Research Fellowships 2019
Call for Applications, Deadline: 17 August 2018

Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) in Berlin, Germany, is inviting applications for Visiting Research Fellowships for the calendar year of 2019. The centre seeks to attract outstanding postdoctoral scholars who are engaged in projects relevant to ZMO’s research profile.

The call is open to senior researchers and recent postdocs in the humanities and the social sciences. We particularly encourage applications by candidates from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Scholars currently based in Germany are not eligible to apply.

Alumni News

The Middle East’s Growing Space Ambitions
An interview with ZMO alumnus Jörg Matthias Determann at The Atlantic

More than a thousand years ago, Islamic scholars and thinkers embarked on an exciting period of scientific study. They translated Greek and Sanskrit works on astronomy into Arabic and used them to develop their own methods for observing the mysterious heavenly bodies twinkling in the night sky. They recorded the movements of the sun and the moon. They calculated the diameters of the Earth and the planets they could see from the ground, and pondered their place in the universe...

Peter Wien was from October 2012 till July 2013 research fellow at ZMO. He worked here on his research project on New Science in Arabia: Networks in the History of Biology in the Gulf.

New Publications

Katrin Bromber
Sasa popote, majeshi yetu duniani: Swahili Poetry and the Translocal Moment of World War II

In Translocal Connections across the Indian Ocean: Swahili Speaking Networks on the Move, ed. by Francesca Declich, BRILL, 2018, pp. 121-131.

Nora Lafi and Florian Riedler
Administrative Boundaries, Communal Segregation and Factional Territorialisation: The Complex Nature of Urban Boundaries in the Ottoman Empire

In Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, 61, 4, 2018, pp. 593-605.

Sophia Hoffmann
Refugee Rights Hit the Wall

In Middle East Research and Information Project, 286, Spring 2018, pp. 37-40.

Who's talking? - ZMO in the Media

With Ulrike Freitag
WissenschaftlerInnen gegen Alexander Dobrindt

In May ZMO director Ulrike Freitag reacted together with other colleguaes from the field of Islamic Studies on Alexander Dobrindts statement: "Islam does not belong to Germany in whatever form.", bszonline, 4 June, 2018.

With Ulrike Freitag
Experten-Chat zum "Themenabend: Unterwerfung"

ZMO director Ulrike Freitag participated in an expert chat with viewers of the DAS ERSTE theme night on Michel Houellebecq's novel "submission", DAS ERSTE, 6 June, 2018.

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