Publications / Credits

Amer (Abdel Qader) El Kayyali (Abdul Hameed) Lafi (Nora) (eds.), تأملات حول المشاركة السياسية في المنطقة العربية مطلع القرن العشرين [Reflections on Political Participation in the Arab World at the Beginning of the 20th c.], Amman, Alaan Publishers, 2024, 224p.

Bösch (Frank)Deals mit Diktaturen. Eine andere Geschichte der Bundesrepublik, Munich, Beck, 2024, 622p

Dhenin (Marianne), “The Construction of Motherhood in Semi-Colonial Egypt“, Australian Feminist Law Journal, 2021.

Hajaji (Ahlem) and El Ouerghemmi (Nadia), “Zwischen Geschichte und Erinnerung: Jüdinnen und Juden in der Tunesischen Linken”, in Altieri (R.), Hüttner (B.) and Weis (F.) (eds.), Die Arbeiter*innen-Bewegung als Emanzipationsraum Jüdinnen und Juden in der internationalen Linken (vol.3), Berlin, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, 2023., p.41-47.

Kazdaghli (Habib) (ed.), Histoire de la mémoire: traumatisme de la mémoire et thérapie de l’histoire, Tunis, Laboratoire du Patrimoine/Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, 2021.

Kazdaghli (Habib), تونس زمن الكورونا: يوميات [Tunis in Times of Corona: a Chronicle], Tunis, Dar Nuquch Arabia, 2021.

Kazdaghli (Habib), “26 Mars 1952: Coup de force colonialiste en Tunisie“, L’Humanité Magazine, 26 mars 2022, p.77-81.

Kazdaghli (Habib) (ed.), 100 ans de luttes communistes en Tunisie, Tunis, Nirvana, 2022, 500p.

Kimmerle (Elisabeth), Zur Geschichte des transnationalen Wahlrechts in der Türkei. Ein Beitrag aus Anlass der Stichwahl in der Türkei am 28. Mai 2023 (Reprint), in: Zeitgeschichte-online, Mai 2023

Kimmerle (Elisabeth), Osman Kavala: Symbolfigur für eine andere, offene Türkei. Eine Solidaritätskampagne für die Freilassung des türkischen Mäzens von Shermin Langhoff und Fatih Akın, in: Zeitgeschichte-online, Juni 2020

Lafi (Nora), “Urbanity as an Ethic” in Moser and Ege (eds.), Urban Ethics, Abingdon, Routledge, 2020, p.80-95.

Lafi (Nora), “Longue-Durée Reflections on Anti-Colonial Movements in the Middle-East (1798–today)” in The Routledge Handbook of EU-Middle East Relations, edited by Dimitris Bouris, Daniela Huber and Michelle Pace (Abingdon, Routledge, 2022).

Lafi (Nora),Conceptualising Urbanity, Reinterpreting Coexistence: A ḥisba Manuscript of the Late Ottoman Era in Tunis“. Religion and Urbanity Online, edited by Susanne Rau and Jörg Rüpke. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter, 2022.

Lafi (Nora),La globalisation ottomane et ses régimes d’historicité. Une approche par l’urbain” in Un moyen-Orient ordinaire (edited by Thierry Boissière and Yoann Morvan), Marseille, Diacritiques, 2022, p.8-27.

Lafi (Nora),Urban Infrastructure between Global Networks and the Wider World: the Tramway in Late-Ottoman Aleppoin Ben Bassat (Yuval) and Büssow (Johann) (eds.), From the Household to the Wider World: Local Perspectives on Urban Institutions in Late-Ottoman Bilad al-Sham, Tübingen, Tübingen University Press, 2022, p.207-222.

Lafi (Nora) (with Colin Arnaud and Alessandra Ferrighi), “Transforming Cities, Negotiating Centrality“, Historical Social Research, 2022-2, 47, p.167-185

Lafi (Nora), “Réflexions sur l’analyse historique des processus de négociation: Tunis ottomane et la pression coloniale en 1871” in Amamou (Hayet), Maziane (Leila) et Jerad (Mehdi) (eds.), La négociation entre le Maghreb et l’Europe méditerranéenne du Moyen-Âge au XXe siècle, Tunis, GLD, 2022, p.134-157.

Lafi (Nora),Reflections on the Historicity of Democracy“, ZMO-Bulletin, 2023, n.2.

Lafi (Nora), “Réflexions sur l’historicité de la délibération dans le monde arabe : Tripoli à l’époque ottomane” in Neila Saadi (ed.), Éclairages variés sur la Libye contemporaine, Tunis, IRMC, 2024, p.35-70.

Naïli (Falestin)La Palestine entre patrimoine et providence: Imaginaires bibliques et mémoire du village d’Artâs (XIXe-XXe siècles), Paris, Karthala, 2022, 400p.

Naïli (Falestin), “Jerusalem’s Ottoman Municipality: an Actor in the Slow Transition from Communal Charity to Social Welfare?“, Endowment Studies, 2022.

Naïli (Falestin) (guest ed.), Jerusalem’s Interrupted Futures, Special Issue of Jerusalem’s Quarterly, 92, 2022. Introduction: “Reclaiming the Past, Disrupting the Present” (p.5-9).

Schmahl (Robin), “Was Kant a racist?”: the public discussion on Germany’s belated intellectual decolonisation”, in Luntumbue (Valentin), et al. (eds.). Places in the Sun: Post-Colonial dialogues in Europe and beyond, Brussels, Institute for a Greater Europe, 2021, p.57-73.

Schmahl (Robin), “Universal Jurisdiction as Iustitia ex Machina: Speaking Justice for the Victims of ISIS and the Syrian Civil War in Germany”, The Greater European Journal, 2021, 3-1, p. 35-48.

Schmahl (Robin),Deliberation in the Name of the People? Assessing the Role of the Diwan of Cairo, 1798-1801”, Maydan: rivista sui mondi arabi, semitici e islamici, 2022-2, p.13-34.

Sing (Manfred), Arab Feminism and Islamic History: The Transnational Life and Work of Lebanese-Syrian Writer Widad Sakakini (1913–1991), Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2022.

Sing (Manfred), “The Politics of Religious Outrage: The Satanic Verses and the Ayatollah’s Licence to Kill“, in: David Nash und Eveline Bouwers (Hg.): Demystifying the Sacred: Blasphemy and Violence from the French Revolution to Today, Berlin: De Gruyter 2022, 247–276.

Sing (Manfred), “Arabische Sozialismen. Von antikolonialem Widerstand zu autoritärer Politik, von is­la­mi­scher Selbstvergewisserung zu postkolonialem Protest“. Vierteljahreshefte für Zeitgeschichte Oktoberheft 70, 4 (2022): 779–792.

Call for Chapters: The Historicity of Democracy in the Arab and Muslim worlds

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In the framework of the HISDEMAB research project on the historicity of democracy in the Arab and Muslim worlds, funded by the Leibniz-Association, we are welcoming original chapters for a collective book edited by Nora Lafi (Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin). The volume will integrate work from historians of political systems, historians of ideas, historians focusing on social and cultural history, urban historians or specialists of the historical anthropology and anthropology of decision-making processes. The main objective of the volume is to deliver an up-to-date interpretation of the phenomena of negotiation, deliberation, representation, debate, consensus-building, election, designation, expression of ideas and opinions or construction of forms of public spheres in the Arab and Muslim worlds starting from the Middle-Ages to contemporary times. Within the historiographical context of studies that have critically challenged the inertia of forms of orientalism and new-orientalism in debates on democracy in the region, the volume, in spite of only discussing the ability or not of societies to accommodate democratic institutions and practices, will deliberately focus on the study of such societies for themselves and of political forms that were inherent to them. The aim is to track, explore and interpret -on the basis of original sources (archives, manuscripts)- practices that existed in the broader region, without reducing them to only echoes or imports. Paradigms of circulation of ideas are of course important in this posture, but what will also be under study in this volume is the diversity of local societies and the complex solutions of governance they have historically developed.

Chapters may cover the following themes. Alternative ideas are also welcome.

  1. Deliberation, representation, power and legitimacy in Medieval Islam (both theory and practice, with an attention to the inertia and transformation of previous practices)
  2. Systems of election, designation, negotiation and decision in the Medieval Islamic world as well as in the Ottoman Empire at the scale of confessional communities (Jewish, Christian and others), professional organisations, urban institutions, rural communities, nomadic or semi-nomadic communities
  3. Forms of female civic participation
  4. Expressions of civic life (debate, opinion, participation, opposition…) and practices of consensus-building
  5. Ottoman experiences of institutional reform of representation and of elective systems at both the local and imperial levels
  6. Representation, deliberation, decision-making and elections under colonial occupation
  7. The notion of democracy in the relationship to its various layers of historicity at the times of struggles for independence and during phases of national-building.
  8. Interpreting democratic oppositions and recent experiments, as well as their repression, in the framework of debates on the historicity of democracy in the region
  9. The question of the access to archival resources in relation to debates on and practices of democracy

The authors will be invited to present their chapter in a workshop in Berlin in March 2022 (travel and accommodation costs covered).

Nora Lafi is the editor or co-editor of 6 collective books: Municipalités méditerranéennes, K. Schwarz, 2005; The City in the Ottoman Empire, Routledge, 2011; Urban Governance under the Ottomans, Routledge, 2014; Silvestre de Sacy: le projet européen d’une science orientaliste, Le Cerf, 2015; Urban Violence in the Middle East, Berghahn, 2015; Understanding the City through its Margins, Routledge, 2018. She also guest edited several thematic issues of peer-reviewed journals and published extensively on the subject of the civic dimension of governance in the Ottoman empire. She presently serves as Senior Research Fellow with Leibniz-ZMO in Berlin and is HISDEMAB project-leader.

Abstract (750-1000 words) deadline: July 9, 2021. Notification of acceptance: July 16, 2021. Paper deadline: January 15, 2022. Workshop in Berlin: March 2022. Revised Paper Deadline: June 30, 2022.

Please note that due to the present pandemic and to the limited duration of the funding, deadlines must be respected. Abstracts are expected to include information on the historical and bibliographical context, the problematization and the archival resources, as well as a short bio.

Please email your submission to:


  • Editor: PD Dr. Habil Nora LAFI, Senior research fellow (Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin) and HISDEMAB project-leader.
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