Research programmes

The research activities of the Centre comprise a broad range of research areas with regard to the modern Middle East. A large part of ongoing research takes place within a broader framework of European-Middle Eastern Encounters. The research agenda at the Centre perceives the Middle East as an integral part of a globalizing world; its various projects analyze the region’s regional, international and transnational relations. In addition, the Centre is engaged in research on Arabic as a foreign language based on linguistic and pedagogic theories (read more below).

Studies of the Modern Middle East: History, Politics and Society
In putting its focus almost exclusively on the modern Middle East, the various research projects of the Centre address thematic questions such as democratization, state formation, political Islam, and issues of social, cultural and economic development in the region. Moreover, the international and inter-cultural relations of the region, in particular with Europe, are main fields of research at the Centre. The projects share the general perspective that contemporary Middle East studies must be conducted in a wider global context.
Expertise in this area can be found with the following staff members:

Studies in Immigration, Religion and Cultural Transformation
In a globalizing world the Middle East and Europe increasingly have been drawn together. The Centre approaches this challenge with research projects on the implications of religious and cultural variables on national state strategies dealing with immigration, with a particular focus on Danish immigration policies. Thereby, a part of the Center’s research staff has accumulated research capacity on issues such as cultural encounters, security and migration, identity formation and radicalization of Islamist groups with special reference to Danish, Turkish and the wider European contexts.  Expertise in this area can be found with the following staff members: 
Expertise in this area can be found with the following staff members: 

  • Torben Rugberg Rasmussen (Associate Prof. without research obligations)
  • Mehmet Ümit Necef (Associate Prof.)
  • Peter Seeberg (Associate Prof.)
  • Dietrich Jung (Prof.)
  • Kirstine Sinclair (Associate Prof.)
  • Arabic Language Unit
    Staff members conduct research into various aspects of applied language usage with a particular emphasis on communicative Arabic. The main research issues range from pedagogical strategies, their implementation with respect to foreign language learners, to questions about bi- or multilingualism among immigrants in Denmark. Also other linguistic issues as they arise in regard to researching the modern Middle East are covered. Expertise in this research area can be found among the following staff members: