Europe in the Middle East - The Middle East in Europe

"Europe in the Middle East - the Middle East in Europe" (EUME) is a multi-disciplinary research program that was initiated in 2006 by the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Since October 2011 EUME is continued by the Forum Transregionale Studien

EUME seeks to rethink key concepts and premises that divide Europe from the Middle East. Within the framework of five research fields in the disciplines of Literature, Political Philosophy, Urban History, Philology-cum-Late Antiquity, and Islamic Studies, the program will attempt to recollect the legacies of Europe in the Middle East and of the Middle East in Europe in an inclusive way that aims to do justice to their entanglements.

EUME draws on the international expertise of scholars in and outside of Germany and is embedded in university and extra-university research institutions in Berlin. It builds upon the previous work of the Working Group Modernity and Islam, supports and rests upon the following interconnected research fields:

  • Cities Compared: Urban Change in the Mediterranean and Adjacent Regions
  • Islamic Discourse Contested: Middle Eastern and European Perspectives
  • Perspectives on the Qur'an: Negotiating Different Views of a Shared History
  • Travelling Traditions: Comparative Perspectives on Near Eastern Literatures
  • Tradition and the Critique of Modernity: Secularism, Fundamentalism and Religion from Middle Eastern Perspectives 

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