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Prof. Dr. Ulrike Freitag

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Freitag

Freie Universität Berlin

Institute of Islamic Studies

Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO)

Topics: Social and cultural history of the Arab world in the 19th and 20th centuries (Mashriq, Arabian Peninsula); urban history; the Arabian Peninsula in its Indian Ocean and Red Sea context

Available for supervision of new PhD students

Field: History, Islamic studies

Areas of research: Islamic networks in the Indian Ocean; Urban and
intellectual history of the modern Middle East


First supervisor of completed PhD projects:

La zaouïa d’Ahmad al-Tijânî à Fès: Pratiques, représentations et enjeux autour d’un sanctuaire soufi au rayonnement transnational (Johara Berriane)

Abdallah Laroui and the Location of History. An Intellectual Biography (Nils Riecken)

To Whom Belong the Streets? Property, Propriety, and Appropriation: The Production of Public Space in Late Ottoman Damascus, 1875-1914 (Till Grallert)

Izmir and the population exchange. The politics of abandoned property and refugee compensation 1922-1930 (Ellinor Morack)

Ḏimma-Raum: Imam Yaḥyā Ḥamīd al-Dīn, die Juden von Sanʿa  und die Praxis islamischen Rechts im zaiditischen Jemen (Kerstin Hünefeld)

The Architecture of Everyday Life in Twentieth Century Jiddah (Stefan Maneval)

Charity for the Poor in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 1961-2015 (Nora Derbal)

Monuments to charity: Water Infrastructures in the Hamidian Period (Nicola Verderame)

The Ba Alawi Sufi Order in Saudi-Arabia: State, Orthodoxy, and Deviance in Contemporary Islam (Besnik Sinani)


First supervisor of current PhD projects:

From Tbilisi to Tabriz. Muslim Intellectuals in South Caucasus and Making the Constitutional Revolution in Iran 1906-1911 (Alireza Hodaei)

Vom Empire zum Nationalstaat. Eine komparative Analyse der Entstehung von Luftraum im Nahen Osten zwischen den 1920er-1950er Jahren (Özgür Ögütcü)

Gender Politics in Regime Transition: Women Intellectuals in the Early Republican Era (1918-1945) (Hale Şaşmaz)

The Transformation of the Ottoman Perception of the Wahhabi Movement: From Negotiation to Confrontation (1745-1818) (Elif Conker)

Piety, Power and Transnationalism: History and Politics of Iranian Hajj (1785 - 1979) (Peyman Eshagi)