AGYA Book Project ‘The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Arab World and Europe’



The COVID-19 pandemic has quickly spread around the globe and put almost all countries under immense pressure. The book project ‘The impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Arab World and Europe’ aims at analysing the various impacts the pandemic has on different aspects of social, political, economic, cultural, academic and individual life in countries of the Arab region as well as in Europe. The edited volume, for which the three AGYA members mentioned below equally share editorial tasks and responsibilities, shall be published by an internationally renowned academic publishing house.

Reaching out for contributions from the whole variety of academic disciplines, the edited volume shall become a multi-disciplinary collection of articles that tackle questions relating to the following three main sections, all with regard to Arab and European countries (either as single case studies or in comparative perspective):

1. The general situation of public health and the overall crisis preparedness in Arab and European countries;

2. Actual impacts of COVID-19 on governance (whether democratic or authoritarian), and societal responses to the pandemic;

3. Regional implications of the COVID-19 pandemic (political, economic, cultural, academic, etc.).

The eventual submission of the whole book manuscript is planned for May 2021 after a thorough language editing process by professional language editors.


Members in Charge

Zeina Hobaika

Saint Joseph University of Beirut, Faculty of Sciences

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Lena-Maria Möller

Law, Middle East Studies
University of Leipzig Institute of Oriental Studies

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Jan Völkel

Political Science
University of Freiburg Arnold Bergstraesser Institute

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Date of the Project

Publication planned in 2021/2022


Funding Scheme

Working Group Project


Disciplines Involved

All disciplines



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