AGYA Member

Florian Zemmin

Islamic Studies

Areas of Expertise:
Reformism of Muslim Societies, Arab Sociology, modernity and secularity, conceptual history


About me

I am a scholar of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies with a background in the interdisciplinary study of religion. I integrate philological analyses of Islamic(ate) fields of knowledge with theories and approaches from other disciplines, primarily historical semantics, sociology of religion, and sociology of knowledge.

My main area of research is Islam, modernity, and secularity. The regional focus of my work has been Egypt, with Morocco becoming more central. My current main project is on Arabic Sociologies of Religion. I also continue my programmatic work at strengthening conceptual history of Near Eastern languages as a field of research.


Current projects

  • Member of the AGYA Working Group Arab and German Education
  • Member of the AGYA Working Group Common Heritage and Common Challenges
  • Member of the AGYA Working Group Transformation

Academic Career

  
 

2020 - today

 
 

Senior Researcher, CASHSS Multiple Secularities, University of Leipzig

 
 

2019

 
 

Interim Professor for Islamic and Middle East Studies, University of Bern

 
 

2016 - 2018

 
 

Post-doctoral researcher, Institute for Islamic and Middle East Studies, University of Bern, with two fellowships at the CASHSS Multiple Secularities, University of Leipzig

 
 

2016

 
 

PhD Islamic and Middle East Studies, University of Bern

 
 

2010

 
 

MA Islamic and Middle East Studies, University of Bern

 
  

 


Selected Publications

 

Modernity in Islamic Tradition. The Concept of ‘Society’ in the Journal al-Manar (Cairo, 1898–1940). Religion and Society, vol. 76, eds. Gustavo Benavides, Frank J. Korom, Karen Ruffle, Kocku von Stuckrad. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, 2018, Paperback 2020.

Florian Zemmin, Johannes Stephan, Monica Corrado (eds.): Islam in der Moderne, Moderne im Islam. Eine Festschrift für Reinhard Schulze zum 65. Geburtstag. SEPS, vol. 119, ed. Dale F. Eickelman. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2018.

“The Janus Face of Kātib Çelebi: Reflecting on the Ottoman Saddle Period.“ Turcica 50 (2019), pp. 327–354.

„Validating Secularity in Islam: The Illustrative Case of the Sociological Muslim Intellectual Rafiq al-Azm (1865–1925).“ Historical Social Research, pp. 74–100.

„Integrating Islamic Positions into European Public Discourse: The Paradigmatic Example of Tariq Ramadan.“ Journal of Religion in Europe 8/1 (2015), pp. 121–146.

Contact

CASHSS Multiple Secularities, University of Leipzig, Germany

Nikolaistraße 8-10, 04109 Leipzig

+49-341-97-37728
florian.zemmin(at)uni-leipzig.de

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