Research into Middle Eastern languages and society is an area of study rooted in four of the major languages spoken in the Middle East: Arabic (the Arab countries and North Africa), Hebrew (Israel), Persian (Iran) and Turkish (Turkey).
Geographically, the area covers a region stretching from Morocco in western North Africa, across the central Middle East, to Iran and Central Asia in the east. Research is conducted into historical and sociological topics, Islam, the media and the Islamic public sphere, urban studies, anthropological subjects, literature and languages.
Ildiko Beller-Hann: Contemporary Xinjiang: Identity maintenance and history-making among the Uyghurs of Xinjiang.
Isa Blumi: Islam in the Balkans and the conflict in Yemen.
Jørgen Bæk Simonsen: Populism in the Middle East, Islam and Muslims in Denmark and Europe, and Danish Oriental studies.
Rasmus Elling: Urban studies in modern Iran, Iran’s modern history and society, and ethnicity.
Ehab Galal: Media strategies of Islamist political parties in the Arab countries, with a focus on political and cultural changes after the Arab Spring.
Alessandro Gori: The (mainly Islamic but also Christian) literary traditions of the peoples of the Horn of Africa (in particular in Ethiopia), transmitted both orally and in manuscripts and printed books, in Arabic and other local languages.
Joshua Sabih: Arabic and Hebrew identities and literature in Israel; Crime fiction in Hebrew and Arabic
Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen: Contemporary Islam, more specifically the establishment of a modern Muslim public sphere, and the role of the Muslim ulama in modern Arab states. Lately, this research has primarily focused on the role of Islam in the new pan-Arab television networks
Claus Valling Pedersen: Literature in 20th- and 21st-century Iran, focusing on early modern literature and the advent of modernity.
|Ab Yonus, Zenia Bredmose Henriksen||PhD Fellow||Arabic Studies||+45 24 85 28 65|
|Beller-Hann, Ildiko||Associate professor||Turkish Studies||+45 51 30 24 62|
|Dragsdahl, Rune Christoffer Bech||PhD Fellow||Modern India and Southeast Asia Studies||+45 50 56 18 17|
|Elling, Rasmus Christian||Associate professor||Persian Studies||+45 51 30 35 65|
|Galal, Ehab||Associate professor||Arabic Studies||+45 51 30 07 12|
|Gori, Alessandro||Associate professor||Arabic Studies||+45 21 17 97 71|
|Has, Özlem||PhD Fellow||Turkish Studies|
|Larsen, John Møller||Postdoc||Arabic Studies|
|Mehdi, Rubya||Research assistant professor||Arabic Studies||+45 51 30 06 60|
|Nielsen, Jørgen Schøler||Affiliate Professor||Islamic Studies|
|Pedersen, Claus Valling||Associate professor||Persian Studies||+45 51 30 35 88|
|Schøtt, Anne Sofie||PhD fellow, external||Arabic Studies||+45 30 25 44 14|
|Simonsen, Jørgen Bæk||Associate professor||Islamic Studies||+45 51 30 28 42|
|Skovgaard-Petersen, Jakob||Professor||Arabic Studies|
|Vinding, Niels Valdemar||Postdoc||Islamic Studies||+45 51 21 76 82|