Arab Berlin: Dynamics of Transformation

Book cover of AGYA publication 'Arab Berlin'

Published: 2023
transcript Verlag
ISBN: 978-3-8376-6263-4

Berlin is increasingly emerging as a hub of Arab intellectual life in Europe. In this first study of Arab culture to zoom in on the thriving metropolis, the contributors shed light on the dynamics of transformation with Arabs as agents, subjects, and objects of change in the spheres of politics, society and history, gender, demographics and migration, media and culture, and education and research. The kaleidoscopic character of the collection, embracing academic articles, essays, interviews and photos, reflects critical encounters in Berlin. It brings together authors from inter- and multidisciplinary fields and backgrounds and invites the readers into a much-needed conversation on contemporary transformations.

Contributions by AGYA members and alumni/ae:

  • Hanan Badr and Nahed Samour: Arab Berlin - Ambivalent Tales of a City
  • Amro Ali: On the Need to Shape the Arab Exile Body in Berlin
  • Nahed Samour: The Arab in the law of Berlin, or: ‘How does it feel to be a problem?’
  • Eman Helal, Hanan Badr: Biographies in Motion
  • Mohammad Alwahaib: Arendt's Shadow
  • Julia Gerlach with Nadine Abdalla: “In Berlin, I feel free - but COVID-19 made the city feel like a giant prison”
  • Julia Gerlach with Florian Kohstall: “We help international academics who have found their way to Germany”
  • Jan Claudius Völkel: Beyond Berlin