6. Januar – Epiphanie/Epiphanias

Mit dem Blick auf die orthodoxe Welt, für die heute das Christfest beginnt, sei auf eine Initiative des Weltkircherates verwiesen, der seit vielen Jahre die Menschen durch das Jahr begleitet und einlädt, jede Woche eine neue Region der Welt virtuell zu besuchen und die auf die Probleme und Herausforderungen der Menschen dort zu schauen.

Die Woche vom 01. – 07. Januar 2023 nimmt Ägypten, Israel, Jordanien, Libanon und Palästina in den Blick.

The Second Wave of Arab Uprisings: Moving Beyond Narratives of Defeat and Despair

You are kindly invited to the first EUME Berliner Seminar in the Winter Term 2022/23.

Where: Forum Transregionale Studien (Wallotstr. 14, 14193 Berlin) 

When: Wednesday, 12 October 2022 at 5 pm (CEST)

Zahra Ali (Rutgers University-Newark) – Leyla Dakhli (CNRS / Centre Marc Bloch) – Magdi El Gizouli (StillSudan.blogspot.com) – Cilja Harders (Freie Universität Berlin / EUME) – Jeffrey G. Karam (Lebanese American University / EUME Fellow 2020-23)

The roundtable discussion provides an alternative reading of the second wave of Arab revolutionary uprisings that erupted in 2018, especially in Sudan and later in Lebanon, Iraq, and other Arab states in 2019. By moving beyond narratives and analyses that primarily focus on moments of defeat and despair, the panelists will discuss if and how the uprisings that unfolded in Iraq, Lebanon, and elsewhere ushered a new and important phase in social activism and political subjectivities that deserves attention. By addressing the role of new alternative organizations, including professional associations, syndicates, political movements, and other entities, the roundtable highlights some vital social, economic, and political trends common across various Arab societies.

If you want to attend the seminar, we kindly ask you to register in advance via eume@trafo-berlin.de

For more information, please check our website:


Das Versagen der arabischen Eliten

Krise der arabischen Staaten

In seinem Essay fragt der renommierte libanesische Journalist und Autor Hazem Saghieh, wie die Zukunft der arabischen Welt aussieht. Gibt es Auswege aus einer existentiell bedrohlichen Krisenhaftigkeit? 

„Vorbei mit der Höflichkeit“ – Aus: Kattan: … mit zur Sonne blickenden Augen – 978-3-86575-091-4

Ein Beitrag auf quantara.de

Den Horizont weiten…

The Markaz Review (TMR)

is a literary arts publication and cultural institution that curates content and programs on the greater Middle East and our communities in diaspora. The Markaz signifies “the center” in Arabic, as well as Persian, Turkish, Hebrew and Urdu.

Coming soon, TMR’s special issue on Berlin, from guest editor Viola Shafik. Essays, fiction, interviews, art, film and music

Kairoer Treffen

Vollversammlung des Mittelöstlichen Kircherates tagte vom 16.-20. Mai 2022 zum ersten Mail in Ägypten

Im Gegensatz zum Weltkircherat in Genf sind im MECC alle Zweige der christlichen Familie Vollmitglieder, also auch die Kirchen in Einheit mit Rom. Der koptische Papst Tawadros II., der das Treffen als Gastgeber leitete, begrüßte so Vetretungen von 21 Kirchen des Nahen und Mittleren Ostens, unter ihnen 17 Patriarchen, darunter etwa den Chaldäischen Primas, Louis Raphael Card. Sako, den Lateinischen Patriarchen von Jerusalem, Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Mor Ignatius Aphrem II., Syrisch-orthodoxer Patriarch von Antiochien, Johannes X., Griechisch-orthodoxer Patriarch von Antiochia und dem Ganzen und Ibrahim Azar, den evangelischen Bischof von Jerusalem.

Die Schlußerklärung der 12. Generalversammlung findet sich hier, (der Beitrag bietet eine Reihe interessanter Photos), darin heißt es unter anderem:

“The General Assembly called for:
A- Renouncing violence and fanaticism in all kinds and forms, rejecting extremism, terrorism, exclusion and discrimination based on religion, race, color, gender, and others.
B- Solidarity with the marginalised and vulnerable, refugees and displaced persons, and an appeal to officials and the international community to work for their return to their land.
C- Respecting freedom of belief, consolidating the values of citizenship and a common life with our Muslim brothers with whom we share mutual respect.
D- Supporting churches and believers in Jerusalem, the duty to preserve the holy places, and reminding the international community and the peoples of the world of the importance of strengthening Christian presence in the City of Peace.
E- Urging officials and decision-makers to work hard to address the crises rampant in various countries of our Middle East region, especially the deteriorating economic situation, in order to put an end to the suffering that burdens peoples, which requires a pause of conscience to uphold common interest above all considerations.

Bericht auf PIME – Asia News, Vatican News und der Weltkirchenrates.

An Impossible Promise?

Sociology of Religion in Arab Countries

Donnerstag, den 28. April, 17.00 – 18.30 Uhr

Vortrag von Florian Zemmin (Freie Universität Berlin)

Many Arab sociologists have been criticising the rather weak establishment of sociology in their countries. This concerns structural issues, especially political constraints for research and the underfunding of universities, but also theoretical issues, not least the Eurocentric formation and workings of sociology. Both structural and theoretical issues are especially pronounced when it comes to sociology of religion: to position religion as an object of sociological study faces political constraints and societal scepticism, also due to its representing a secular, supposedly particularly European perspective on religion. That being said, sociological approaches to religion in Arabic do have a longer history and feature more widely than is often assumed. This talk will provide glimpses into the history and presence of these approaches and their characteristics, addressing both structural and theoretical questions. One larger set of current debates that this talk will speak to are attempts at “decolonizing sociology” or establishing a “post-colonial sociology”. Such attempts often remain on a theoretical level and, ironically, hardly consider research in languages other than English. In turn, this talk engages sociologies of religion in Arabic also in order to arrive at more nuanced answers to the question of which aspects of sociology are more widely shared and which are specific to certain societies and academic contexts.

The event will be held via Zoom. Please register here: https://tinyurl.com/mr29m9mp


Ruslan Suleymanov, bis vor kurzem noch leitender Nahost-Korrespondent der Nachrichtenagentur TASS in Kairo, bevor er aus Protest über die russische Politik zurücktrat, hat auf dem Online-Portal ipg-journal der Friedrich Ebert-Stiftung (FES) die Reaktionen in der arabischen Welt zusammengefaßt.

„Die arabische Welt begegnet dem Ukraine-Krieg zurückhaltend. Während man am Golf von neuen Energiepartnerschaften profitiert, droht andernorts Hunger.“

The Jews of Alexandria

Middle Class Feelings, Urban Identity and Politics, 1880s-1920s

Öffentlich-online zugänglicher Vortrag des Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) Berlin

Lecture by Dario Miccoli (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice) 
as part of The Historicity of Democracy Seminar.

Based on a ‘close reading’ of documents from the archives of the Alliance Israélite Universelle (Paris), the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (Jerusalem) and from articles found in newspapers published in Egypt in the colonial and early monarchic years, this lecture will look at the consolidation of a middle class Alexandrian Jewish identity and its relation to urban politics and sociability in the period that goes from the early 1880s to the mid-1920s. The lecture will discuss the multiple connections that Alexandrian Jews had with the city in which they lived and its socio-political environment, as well as the ways in which its burgeoning Jewish middle class tried to find a place of its own for example by founding schools, hospitals and cultural associations

The online seminar is free and open to the public upon registration:


Die Weihrauchstraße in Dhofar

Das Stöbern ‚lohnt‘ immer mal wieder in der ARD-Mediathek

Das aromatische Harz des boswellia sacra Baumes zählte zu den begehrtesten Handelsgütern der antiken Welt. In Ägypten wurde Weihrauch ebenso verbrannt wie an den Höfen indischer Maharadschas. Von der Blütezeit des Weihrauchhandels künden indes nur noch Ruinenstädte: Häfen wie Samharam und al-Balid verdienten am Seehandel, Oasen wie Wubar wurden als Karawanenstationen reich und mächtig – Stationen an der omanischen Weihrauchstraße, die nun zum Weltkulturerbe erklärt wurden.