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Call for Applications - Visiting Research Fellowship 2017

The Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies and Zentrum Moderner Orient are inviting applications as Visiting Researchers for the calendar year of 2017. We are interested in attracting outstanding researchers who are engaged in research projects that are relevant to the respective research profiles at ZMO and BGSMCS. The deadline for applications is 14 August 2016.

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"Notes on Christianity, Empire and Provincialising Secularism in the Study of Islam"

New article by Ruth Mas in the discussion series “Provincializing Epistemologies-Reflections on Hegemonies of Knowledge Production and the Politics of Disciplinary Divisions”. This discussion series on TRAFO - Blog for Transregional Reserach is edited by Schirin Amir-Moazami and Ruth Streicher and pursues a set of events and conversations held at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies since 2013.

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"Bürgerschaft in Europa" by Aleksandra Lewicki

The current issue of the "Forschungsjournal Soziale Bewegungen" deals with "Bürgerschaft in Europa - Grenzziehungen und soziale Bewegungen in der Einwanderungsgesellschaft" and has been edited by our POINT Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Aleksandra Lewicki.

BGSMCS Lecture Series 2016 Poster

The Long Ninth Century in Arabic-Islamic Knowledge and Culture

Third Annual Lecture Series of the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, organised and moderated by Prof. Dr. Beatrice Gründler. The third lecture by Geert Jan van Gelder (Leiden University/University of Oxford) on “From Seriousness to Jest and vice versa in the Geography of Ibn al-Faqīh al-Hamadhānī (fl. 289/902)” was held on 28 June 2016 at 6pm.

Ander(e)s Wissen: Kritische Betrachtungen globaler Wissensproduktion

Ander(e)s Wissen: Kritische Betrachtungen globaler Wissensproduktion

Lecture series of the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies and the Institute of Islamic Studies as part of the lecture series programme "Open Lecture Halls" at the Freie Universität Berlin, organised by Prof. Dr. Schirin Amir-Moazami and Ruth Streicher (alumna of BGSMCS). Since 21 April 2016, the lectures is held on Thursdays, 6pm - 8pm.

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The Middle East and South Asia in Conversation: Interventons, Control, and Resistance in the 21st Century

Lecture series of the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies and the Institute for Asian and African Studies at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, organised by Dr. Sanaa Alimia, Sadia Bajwa, Sarah Holz and Dr. Hanan Toukan.

Sidewalk Stories

Sidewalk Stories

Exhibition, film screening and panel discussion on gender dynamics and sexual harassment in the public space in Egypt from 22 to 23 June 2016 at the Werkstatt der Kulturen Berlin, in cooperation with Mayadin al-Tahrir and the project 'Sidewalk Stories', organised by our doctoral researcher Jannis Grimm.

Associated Projects

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Dimitri Gutas will be Einstein Visiting Fellow at BGSMCS

Prof. Dimitri Gutas will be Einstein Visiting Fellow at BGSMCS from 2016-2019. He will lead a working group to produce a multilingual critical edition and study of Aristotle’s Poetics and its commentaries (I) and a study of its intellectual history, which bridges Islam and Europe (II). Work will be conducted in subteams for each language (Arabic, Syriac, Hebrew, and Latin). Gutas is Professor for Arabic and Islamic Studies and Graeco-Arabic Studies at Yale University and a renowned specialist in Graeco-Arabic studies. Among his publications are "Greek Thought, Arabic Culture: The Graeco-Arabic Translation Movement in Baghdad and Early ʻAbbāsid Society'" (1998), and the first editio maior of the Greek text of Aristotle’s Poetics (Leiden 2012) in collaboration with Leonardo Taran.

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Habitats and Habitus: Politics and Aesthetics of Religious World Making

The research project "Habitats and Habitus: Politics and Aesthetics of Religious World Making" is directed by Birgit Meyer (Prof. of Religious Studies, Utrecht University & Humboldt Award Holder of ZMO) and funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation through an Anneliese Maier Research Award 2011. The research project is a collaboration between the Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS) and the University Utrecht. BGSMCS doctoral fellows Hanna Nieber and Murtala Ibrahim are members of this research project.

Doctoral Students' Blog

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"Signs of Solidarity"

Postdoctoral fellow Salma Siddique comments on the recent events in Egypt, India and Turkey.

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BGSMCS abroad

On 11 June 2016, gave a presentation on "Picturing the Islamicate World in the Tenth Century. The Book of Routes and Realms and its Reception" during the "5. Kartengeschichtliches Kolloquium" at the University Duisburg- Essen.

Refugees in Berlin

Doctoral students at BGSMCS try to facilitate the arrival for refugees in Berlin. We help through the extensive knowledge of languages at the graduate school (Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Turkish).