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Prof. Dr. Ulrike Freitag

Institute of Islamic Studies


Research Focus: History of Arab nations, History of the Indian Ocean, Historical urban studies, Islamic networks on the Indian Ocean

Fabeckstr. 23-25
Room 1.1052
14195 Berlin

Academic Career


1987 – 1991

Doctoral Studies: History, Islamic Studies, German Literature, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

1981 – 1987

Study of History, Islamic Studies, German Literature, Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (1981-1983), Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (1983-1987), Universität Damaskus (1984-1985)

Graduation / Academic Degrees


State Doctorate (Habilitation) in Islamic Studies, Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn


PhD (Dr. phil) in History, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg


Magister Artium in History, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Current Position

since 2002

Director, Zentrum Moderner Orient, in conjunction with a special Professorship (S-Professur) in Islamic Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

Earlier Profession / Positions held


Lecturer in Modern Middle Eastern History, School of Oriental and African Studies


Wissenschaftliche Angestellte, Chair of non-European History, Fern-Universität Hagen

Scholarships and Awards


Scholarship to complete State Doctorate (Habilitation), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG)


Junior Fellowship, Historisches Kolleg München


One year DFG Project for research in Yemen and Southeast Asia


9 month DFG scholarship for research in British Archives


Graduate Scholarship (Graduiertenförderung) Baden-Württemberg


Scholarship by Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes

1983, 1984-84

Scholarships by DAAD to study Arabic in Cairo and Damascus

Membership and Further Activities

Deutsch Arbeitsgemeinschaft Vorderer Orient (DAVO)

Middle East Studies Association (MESA)

Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft (DMG)

since 2012

Advisory Board member Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin

since 2012

Vice-chairperson enquiry board, BBAW

since 2010

Co-Editor: Journal of Arabian Studies, London

since 2009

Member of Pool of Reviewers, European Science Foundation (ESF)

2007 - 2011

Scientific advisory board, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Jacobs University, Bremen

2007 - 2011

Advisory board member and deputy chairperson of the Graduate School Asia and Africa in World Reference Systems, Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg


Scientific advisory board, Studie zur Internationalen Positionierung der Geisteswissenschaften (financed by the German Ministry of Education and Research)

since 2005

Advisory Board, Orient Institut Beirut (Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft)

since 2005

Selection Committee for Georg-Foster-Scholarships, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

since 2005

Co-Editor: Journal of Global History, Cambridge

since 2003

Co-Editor: Geschichte und Gesellschaft

since 2002

Editor: ZMO Studien, Berlin

since 2001

Co-Editor: SOAS/Routledge/Curzon Studies on the Middle East