Dr. Esther Möller
Member of the academic staff, project "Red Crescent" (parental leave)
Current research projects:
Engaging Europe in the Arab World – European missionaries and humanitarianism in the Middle East (1850-1970)
This project seeks to explore the points of contact between European ‘humanitarian diplomacy’ (praxis and law) and the missionaries.
Humanitarian Engagement in the Context of Colonialism, Nationalism and Decolonization: The Egyptian Red Crescent (1882-1956)
By focusing on the Egyptian Red Crescent, Esther Möller's project aims to investigate the specific characteristics of humanitarian engagement in a non-European context.
The project ist searching for the similarities and differences between Non-Western and Western societies in order to understand humanitarianism from a global perspective. The great variety of historical sources on the Ottoman Red Crescent will offer new insights not only into important political and social processes within the Ottoman society, but also on early moments of global internationalism.
By analyzing the Red Crescent Societies’ humanitarian engagement in the Middle East and beyond the Research projects opens new perspectives on hitherto neglected figures of humanitarian aid in the 20th Century.