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For comprehensive information: www.orient-institut.org The OIB accommodates various research interests. More information: www.maxweberstiftung.de.

The Orient-Institut Beirut is an independent German research institute which conducts and supports historical and contemporary research in the Humanities and Social Sciences on the Middle East. Research activity at the institute includes a broad spectrum of approaches and methods current in humanities and social sciences. Social, religious, and intellectual history as well as the study of literatu

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The Sursock Museum and LAWHA are pleased to invite you on Thursday July 6 at 6 pm to the public talk 𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗴𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗤𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗣𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗱𝗶𝘇𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 with researchers Ashraf Osman, Pierre France , and Nadia von Maltzahn.

The talk departs from the exhibition 𝘽𝙚𝙮𝙤𝙣𝙙 𝙍𝙪𝙥𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚𝙨, 𝙖 𝙏𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝘾𝙝𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙤𝙡𝙤𝙜𝙮 which takes the form of a historical timeline from 1952 until 2023 exploring three chronologies: that of the Sursock Museum, of its exhibitions, and of significant local socio-political events. In this talk, we will introduce the making of the exhibition timeline, reflect on methodologies and challenges when attempting a chronology of a contested history, and question the conventional periodization of Lebanon’s art history.

This event is a collaboration with the research project LAWHA. “Lebanon’s Art World at Home and Abroad: Trajectories of artists and artworks in/from Lebanon since 1943” is about the forces that have shaped the emergence of a professional field of art in Lebanon within its local, regional and global context.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A.

In English


Please join us tonight for an online public talk bySarah El Bulbeisi (Orient-Institute Beirut)

Monday 26th of June 2023 | 6pm Beirut time | Online via Zoom

Registration link is on bicarlebanon.org

De-subjectification and revolutionary subjectivation in the context of colonial/racializing violence

This presentation explores processes of de-subjectification and revolutionary subjectivation in the framework of colonial and racializing violence. For this purpose, it chooses thePalestinian diaspora context in Central Europe.The ideas El Bulbeisi presents are based on her2015 book "Taboo, Trauma and Identity:Subject Constructions of Palestinians inGermany and Switzerland, 1960-2015" (in German).

Sarah El Bulbeisi joined the Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB) in November 2019 after completing her PhD at the Institute for Near and Middle EastStudies at the LMU Munich, Germany. Before joining the OIB, she led the DAAD project “Violence, Forced Migration and Exile: Trauma in the Arab World and in Germany”, a Higher Education Dialogue between Palestinian andLebanese universities as well as with the LMU Munich. Prior to that, she worked as a lecturer and research associate at the Institute for Near and Middle East Studies at the LMU Munich. This talk is organized by the Beirut Institute for Critical Analysis and Research (BICAR) in collaboration with the Center for Arts and Humanities at the American University of Beirut and the Orient-Institut Beirut.

The discussion will take place in English.

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Perhaps the international conference "Religious Other in Qur'anic Tafsir" (May 19-21) covered a much broader range of topics than most conference participants initially expected. Organised by OIB and the Dominican Institute for Oriental Studies (IDEO), the days in Cairo offered a kaleidoscopic view on the Qur'an, Tafsir, and the religious Other in both: For instance, keynote speaker Angelika Neuwirth raised awareness for the context in which the Qur'an was first received. On another note, the impact translations have on the perception of the religious Other was emphasized by Johanna Pink. While Jerusha Rhodes offered a glimpse into her research on the multidimensionality of kufr. Each contribution took a different view on the topic igniting fruitful discussions within and beyond the conference room! IDEO's beautiful garden provided the perfect backdrop for that.

The unique gathering of Qur'anic scholars concluded with a mesmerizing sunset cruise on the Nile and an insightful guided tour of the Sultan Hassan and Ibn Tulun Mosques, led by the amazing Noha Abou Khatwa.

Thank you to the core organisers Walid Saleh, Thomas Würtz, Yasmin Amin, Emmanuel Pisani and Iman Milad, as well as all the contributors: Hosn Abboud, Asma Hilali, Angelika Neuwirth, Johanna Pink, Jerusha Rhodes, Mykhaylo Yakubovych, Holger Zellentin.

Curating an Artist’s (and Parent’s) Biography 08/05/2023

Curating an Artist’s (and Parent’s) Biography Thursday, 25 May 2023, 10am-12noon Orient-Institut Beirut, Library (Directions) In person and virtual (live streaming link here) LAWHA/OIB in collaboration with the American University of Beirut (AUB) and the Global (De)Centre is happy to invite you to join us for...

Translating Politics into Art and Literature in the Arab World - ICI Berlin 03/05/2023

Translating Politics into Art and Literature in the Arab World
With Fawwaz Traboulsi, moderated by Leyla Dahkli and Jens Hanssen // 16 May 2023, 19:30 - Live-stream & In-person

in cooperation with the Centre Marc Bloch (CMB), the ERC-founded programme ‘Drafting and Enacting the Revolution in the Arab Mediterranean’ (DREAM), the Orient Institute of Beirut (OIB) of the Max Weber Stiftung, Europe in the Middle East -The Middle East in Europe (EUME) – a research program of the Forum Transregionale Studien, Co2libri – Conceptual Collaboration: Living Borderless Research Interaction, the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), and the ICI Berlin

Translating Politics into Art and Literature in the Arab World - ICI Berlin This event with the eminent Lebanese public intellectual and critic Fawwaz Traboulsi draws on his long experience of organizing for and writing about a democratic future in the Arab world. It delves into the political role of art and culture, from the Lebanese civil war to the Arab uprisings and bey...

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CfP LAWHA Workshop on Spaces and Places 08/03/2023

CfP LAWHA Workshop on Spaces and Places Spaces and Places – Art Exhibitions in Lebanon (1940s-1990s) (Re)assessing the Role of Cultural Clubs and Foreign Cultural Centres Organiser: LAWHA/Orient-Institut Beirut Location: Beirut and Tripoli/Lebanon Date: 13-14 September 2023 Art exhibitions in Lebanon can be traced back to the late...

Living in a Digital Age: Technology and its Effects on Religion and Popular Culture 06/03/2023

J-5! Living in a Digital Age: Technology and its Effects on Religion and Popular Culture - A OIB Conference at Nile University, Egypt - March 11-13, 2023

Living in a Digital Age: Technology and its Effects on Religion and Popular Culture Culture is not simple to understand and indeed a difficult term to define. Culture can be defined as the accumulation of values, underlying assumptions and orientations to life, beliefs, policies, procedures, and codes of conduct. These are shared by a group of people that affect their behavior and....


The OIB is cordially inviting you to a Public Research Seminar
Mere Desolation: Daesh's Iconoclasm, held by Dr. Christoph Günther.
October 27th 2022, 6-7.30 PM:

To attend online, please use this link: https://us06web.zoom.us/s/83198154698


The lecture deals with the destruction of cultural property by Daesh in Iraq and Syria. It is argued that many of these acts of violence can only insufficiently be described using the term iconoclasm, as they were not aimed at destroying effigies, but rather eliminated places and objects that were of outstanding importance for the social fabric of the affected communities. The mediatisation of such socioclasm through images and sound thus becomes conceivable not as simple documentation, but rather as a reminder of the destruction of socially significant artefacts.

Christoph Günther
Christoph Günther leads the junior research group Jihadism on the Internet: Images and Videos, their Dissemination and Appropriation at the Department of Anthropology and African Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. Having a background in Islamic Studies, his research interests include religio-political movements in the modern Middle East, visual cultures and iconography, and the sociology of religion. His book Entrepreneurs of Identity: The Islamic State’s Symbolic Repertoire has been published in spring 2022 with Berghahn Books

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Opening session "Labors of Love, Trials of Friendship; Challenges to the Social Modern Relation", today at 5.30 PM, with a live streaming (link below).
The program:

5.20-5.30 Greeting Prof. Sari Hanafi (American University of Beirut)
5.30-6.00 Introduction Prof. Birgit Schaebler (OIB, AUB, Erfurt University)
6.00-7.15 Keynote Prof. Hartmut Rosa (Max Weber Center, Erfurt University) Love and Friendship from the Perspective of Resonance Theory

To attend online on the 29th of September: https://zoom.us/j/97513366669

Please visit OIB's website for more details on the conference.


International Conference and Honoring party of Director Prof. Birgit Schaebler.

"Labors of Love, Trials of Friendship: Challenges to the Modern Social Relation", 29, 30 September, 01 October, 2022

The OIB is cordially inviting you to the last event under outgoing director Birgit Schaebler, a conference on Labors of Love, Trials of Friendship: Challenges to the Modern Social Relation, in cooperation with CAMES, AUB, and Erfurt University.

- The conference starts with a keynote from Hartmut Rosa, author of Resonance. A Sociology of Our Relationship to the World on the topic “Love and Friendship from the Perspective of Resonance Theory”, on 29th of August, IFI, AUB, 4th floor.
It is hybrid and the link will be shared soon..

- September 30th takes place at the OIB, followed by a reception and a party with live music and an open mike to honor our outgoing director’s commitment and leadership over these past 5 years.

October 1st is taking place at IFI, AUB.
For the full program, please check our website

To attend the reception and the Honoring Party please click here: https://forms.gle/obmUmYrq6kexhk649

To attend online on the 29th of September & 1st of October: Link will be shared soon
To attend online on the 30th of September please click here: https://live.starleaf.com/ODYyNzg6NDczODIy


Avicennism(s) in Context:
The Formation of Post-Classical Philosophy in Islam, 22 and 23 July.

The Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and Orient-Institut Beirut will jointly host a workshop to examine various themes of post-classical philosophy in Islam with a focus on the Avicennan tradition and the reception of Ibn Sīnā in post-classical Islamic world.

The workshop aims at offering a space to present new insightful research on history of philosophy in the Islamic-East that focuses on investigating post-Avicennan Islamic philosophy during the twelfth-thirteenth centuries. It is an opportunity where established and prospective scholars gather to shed the light on what was neglected by previous generations of scholars.

The workshop takes place in two academic hubs and reflects a collaboration between LMU München and OIB. The workshop will be conducted as a hybrid event simultaneously in Beirut and Munich, both in person and online, but depending on the pandemic circumstances, the workshop hopes to welcome as many registered participants as possible in Beirut and Munich.

This LMU-OIB Workshop is organized by Hussein Ibrahim, a doctoral researcher in Philosophy at LMU München and currently a visiting doctoral fellow at the Orient-Institut Beirut, and Hanif Amin Beidokhti, a postdoctoral research fellow in the ERC project “Animals in the Philosophy of the Islamic World” at LMU München.

Those interested in attending the workshop as registered guests should register for in-person participation by latest 20 July 2022 through the following link:


For more info, please visit our website.


Gerald D. Feldman Travel Grant

Once a year, the Max Weber Foundation (MWS) awards Gerald D. Feldman travel grants to internationally oriented researchers in the qualification phase.

The travel grants are intended to improve professional opportunities for humanities and social scientists in the qualification phase. The scientists carry out a research project of their choice in at least two and up to three host countries of the institutes and branch offices of the MWS or the Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History (for a list of the host countries see under "Countries and Regions", please also note the current note here). The grants have a total term of up to three months. The stays ( maximum one month per host country, a shorter stay is also possible) are used for research, particularly in libraries or archives. Transnational or transregional studies are expected to emerge, giving new and original impetus to research. The research stays should be completed within 12, but no longer than within 24 months.

Links for applications:
www.maxweberstiftung.de/feldman (DE)
www.maxweberstiftung.de/travel-grants (EN)

German below

heute haben wir die aktuelle Ausschreibung der Gerald D. Feldman-Reisebeihilfen auf der MWS-Webseite veröffentlicht (s. www.maxweberstiftung.de/feldman (DE) und
www.maxweberstiftung.de/travel-grants (EN)).


Music is being celebrated at the Orient-Institut Beirut, on the 28th of June, from 7 to 9.30 pm.

An exceptional evening around one of the iconic instruments of Arab music, the oud, in partnership with the AMAR association.

From oud making to oud playing, this evening features a screening of the film "Albert Mansour, the Oud Maker", directed by Fadi Yeni Turk & an oud performance and an audio listening session. Some original records dating back to the first half of the 20th century pulled from the AMAR archives will be re-enacted on the spot with an oud - a performance by Oussama Abdel Fattah, whereas the film is a tribute to Albert Mansour, one of the most prominent contemporary oud makers in Lebanon and in the region. It constitutes a unique visual document through which Albert Mansour is accompanied in the process of oud-making from raw wood to the tuning of the strings in the final stage.

The Foundation for Arab Music Archiving and Research (AMAR) was established in August 2009 in the Qurnet El-Hamra Village, Metn District, Lebanon. AMAR is committed to the preservation and dissemination of traditional Arab music. Its archive currently consists of 300 wax cylinders and 11,000 78-rpm shellac records of rare music. They feature key musicians and their performance practices representative of the “Nahda” era before widespread commercialization of Arab music substantially changed and marginalized these music traditions.

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The OIB annual Report 2021 is out!
You can check the PDF version on our website, or pass by the Institut for a hard copy.

We are sharing with you Prof. Birgit Schabler's address, which tackles all OIB's achievements within a very turbulent year!



“Revolt in(g) collapse. Protest and everyday adjustments in contemporary Lebanon”, OIB, AUB, Mansion and IFPO

The Orient Institut Beirut is pleased to invite you to its co-convened conference entitled “Revolt in(g) collapse. Protest and everyday adjustments in contemporary Lebanon” organized by the ERC Dream, with the American University of Beirut (AUB), the Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB), Mansion and the Institut français du Proche-Orient.

It will take place on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21, June in Beirut. The conference will be held in English and Arabic, and take place at the OIB and Mansion on Monday, and the AUB on Tuesday.

Since the social movements in the fall of 2019, Lebanon has experienced many crises and is still in the process of the downfall of its economy - what scientific questions can we address about this situation?
How can grounded and comprehensive social sciences unfold the many layers of events, responses, tries and shifts since then, especially at the level the personal and collective experiences, the mundane and the everyday - leaving aside (geo)political considerations and elite-centred analysis?
How can academia intersect with militant and expert knowledge, and contribute to the drawing of new interpretations, comparisons and imaginings?
This event articulates the presentation of new materials and fieldworks on contentious and subversive practices, revolutionary identities in Lebanon, and a critical and reflexive re-appraisal of some ideas about this crisis, without giving in to the temptation of despair and defeat: it tackles its roots and sequences, the particular role of some social very vocal categories (youth, women), the apparent silence of some others (sects), the dynamics between Beirut and other cities, or between urban and rural, among many.

For the program and further information, please visit our website


The dates for the workshop have been changed to July 26th and 27th.
The deadline for sending abstracts has been extended to June 22nd.

CALL FOR PAPERS—'Coexistence Theology - Various methods and theoretical approaches' to take place at NVIC on July 26th and 27th, in collaboration with OIB Orient-Institut Beirut.
abstracts are due by the 22nd June
For more information and registration:
[email protected]

Religions with their norms and value systems cannot and must not be viewed in isolation because they are always within the dynamics of the relationship between humans and their environment, i.e. the environment and the social context.
Humans, religion, and environment are an interconnected triad in which they are interdependent and influence each other. The same applies to interreligious relationships in pluralistic societies.
We invite papers that investigate interdependent relationships between people, religions and the environment from the perspective of social and political science, history, theology, anthropology and comparative religion, considering the temporal and spatial contexts to study the phenomenon from a historical perspective.
In this regard, themes that can be discussed include:
• coexistence of the supporters of different religions and cultures
• various methods and theoretical approaches
• social and religious visions of living together
• marriage
• education
• conservation initiatives


“Can There Be a Godly Ethnography? Islamic Anthropology, Decolonization and the Ethnographic Stance
A Public keynote address by Dr. Yasmin Moll (University of Michigan), at the OIB, on June 30th from 15:30-17:30.

This public keynote address is part of a workshop taking place at the OIB, entitled “Reckoning with God: Divine-Human Relations after the Arab Spring”.
While this is a closed workshop, there is space for a limited number of registered guests.

Draft papers will be circulated and read prior to the workshop, and there will be no papers presented during the meeting. Instead, each paper will receive 45 minutes of discussion and constructive feedback from participants.
Registered guests are required to read the draft papers and invited to provide comments.
Those interested in attending the workshop as registered guests should contact the organizer, Dr. Joud Alkorani, by June 17 at the latest, by sending an email to: [email protected].

Please include a few sentences on your interest in the workshop theme
This Public keynote address will be followed by an open garden reception.

For further information, please visit our website

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