Florian Zemmin

 Florian Zemmin
  • Islamic Studies,
  • Middle East Studies

Areas of Expertise:
Religion and society in Islamic and Arab modernity; Islamic Reformism; Sociology in Arab countries; Near Eastern Conceptual History; Theories of modernity and secularity

Membership:
since 2020

Contact

Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Institut für Islamwissenschaft
Freie Universität Berlin
Fabeckstraße 23-25
14195 Berlin
Germany

+49-30-838-71960
florian.zemmin(at)fu-berlin.de
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About me

I am a scholar of Islamic and Middle East 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 increasingly more central. My current main project is on Arabic sociologies of religion. I also continue my programmatic work on strengthening the conceptual history of Near Eastern languages as a field of research.

Being a member of AGYA allows me to extend my networks with (Arab) scholars and to organize joint activities. I am keen on learning more about academic knowledge production in Arab countries through the exchange with fellow AGYA members.

I genuinely believe in interdisciplinary research as a driver for developing future projects.


Academic career
2021 - today Professor for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
2020 - 2021 Senior Researcher, Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (CASHSS) ‘Multiple Secularities – Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities’ , University of Leipzig, Germany
2019 Interim Professor for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Bern, Switzerland
2016 - 2018 Postdoctoral researcher, Institute for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Bern, Switzerland, with two fellowships at the CASHSS Multiple Secularities, University of Leipzig, Germany
2016 Ph.D. in Islamic and Middle East Studies, University of Bern, Switzerland
2010 M.A. in Islamic and Middle East Studies, University of Bern, Switzerland