June 2020

Dietrich Jung and Kirstine Sinclair published the article: “Religious Governmentality: The Case of Hizb ut-Tahrir” in TEMENOS Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion. TEMENOS is an open access journal and you can find the article under the following link:

Peter Seeberg co-edited (with Jan Claudius Völkel, University of Freiburg) a Themed Section of Mediterranean Politics entitled “Arab responses to EU foreign and security policy incentives”, published online first. The contributions are Federica Zardo & Chiara Loschi, “EU-Algeria (non)cooperation on migration: A tale of two fortresses”; Jan Claudius Völkel, “Fanning fears, winning praise: Egypt’s smart play on Europe’s apprehension of more undocumented immigration”; Peter Seeberg, “Syrian refugees in Jordan and their integration in the labour market: Jordanian migration diplomacy and EU incentives”; Irene Fernández-Molina & Miguel Hernando De Larramendi, “Migration diplomacy in a de facto destination country: Morocco’s new intermestic migration policy and international socialization by/with the EU”. The introduction by Peter Seeberg and Jan Claudius Völkel you will find under this link:


Peter Seeberg & Jan Claudius Völkel


May 2020

Martin Beck has co-edited (with Thomas Richter, GIGA, Hamburg) the special section “Fluctuating Regional (Dis‐)Order in the Middle East” in Global Policy 11(1). The contributions are Open Access:
Gry Hvass Pedersen defended her PhD thesis “Modernity, Islamic Tradition and Higher Education. Visions of Modern Muslim Selfhoods among Contemporary Students at Islamic Universities in Asia”. The thesis was funded by a grant of VELUX Foundation and is part of the Center’s larger research programme “The Modern Muslim Subjectivities Project”. The PhD committee consisted of Associate Professor Kirstine Sinclair (chair; SDU), Associate Professor Simon Stjernholm (University of Copenhagen) and Professor Paul Bramadat (University of Victoria, Canada). The supervisor of the thesis was Professor Dietrich Jung (SDU).


Writing Social Theory in Arabic

Dietrich Jung received a grant (90.000 DKK) from the Danish Institute in Damascus for an authors’ workshop on “Writing Social Theory in Arabic”. The workshop will be arranged together with Florian Zemmin, a senior researcher at the University of Leipzig and Sari Hanafi who is chair of the sociology department at the American University in Beirut and editor of Idafat the “Arab Journal of Sociology”. The workshop brings together a group of international and Danish scholars in order to discuss works on social theory in Arabic language. What are the concepts, themes and historical narratives in contemporary Arabic social theory? In which ways do Arab social theorists provide us with alternatives to the conceptual apparatuses employed by so-called Western social theory? The workshop contributions will be published in an edited book.


New Book edited by Dietrich Jung and Kirstine Sinclair: Muslim Subjectivities in Global Modernity. Islamic Traditions and the Construction of Modern Muslim Identities, Brill: Leiden

“With critical reference to Eisenstadt’s theory of “multiple modernities”, the book discusses the role of religion in the modern world. The case studies all provide examples illustrating the ambition to understand how Islamic traditions have contributed to the construction of practices and expressions of modern Muslim selfhoods. In doing so, they underpin Eisenstadt’s argument that religious traditions can play a pivotal role in the construction of historically different interpretations of modernity. At the same time, however, they point to a void in Eisenstadt’s approach that does not problematize the multiplicity of forms in which this role of religious traditions plays out historically. Consequently, the authors of the book focus on the multiple modernities within Islam, which Eisenstadt’s theory hardly takes into account.”