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PD Dr. Manfred Sing

Member of the academic staff, Department Abendländische Religionsgeschichte
Room: 04-15, Diether-von-Isenburg-Str. 9-11, 55116 Mainz (Besucheranschrift)
Phone: +49 6131 39 39475
Fax: +49 6131 39 21050


Personal Details:

Born in 1966 in Aulendorf, Baden-Württemberg; 1994-2000: studied Islamic Studies, Sociology and History at University of Freiburg and the University of Damascus; 2005: doctoral dissertation in Islamic Studies at the University of Freiburg; 2005-2007: lecturer at the University of Freiburg; 2007-2008: postdoctoral project "Die Neuorientierung arabischer Post-Kommunisten im Nahen Osten nach 1989" at the University of Freiburg, funded by the German Research Foundation; 2009-2012: research associate at the Oriental Institute in Beirut.
Sing has been working at the IEG since February 2013.


Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Vorderer Orient

Research Interests:

Transformation and entanglement of religious and secular concepts
Intellectual history of the Middle East
History of Islam

Selected Publications:

The Specters of Marx in Edward Said’s Orientalism, in: Die Welt des Islams 53,2 (2013), p. 149-191, together with Miriam Younes.
Brothers in Arms: How Palestinian Maoists Turned Jihadists, in: Die Welt des Islams 51,1 (2011), p. 1-44.
Lässt sich der Harem Muhammads feministisch deuten? Die Kontroverse zwischen Widad Sakakini und Bint ash-Shati', in: XXX. Deutscher Orientalistentag, Freiburg, 24.-28. September 2007. Ausgewählte Vorträge, herausgegeben im Auftrag der DMG von Rainer Brunner, Jens Peter Laut und Maurus Reinkowski, (16.07.2009), URL: http://orient.ruf.uni-freiburg.de/dotpub/sing.pdf
Sacred Law Reconsidered: The Structural Similarity of Islamic and Western Bioethical Discourses, in: Journal of Religious Ethics 36/1 (2008), p. 97–121.
Progressiver Islam in Theorie und Praxis. Die interne Kritik am hegemonialen islamischen Diskurs durch den roten Scheich 'Abdallah al-'Alayili (1914-1996), Würzburg: Ergon 2007.

Research projects:

Debates on Citizenship and Secularism in Semi-Colonial Egypt

The project examines the emergence of modern Egypt using the example of public debates on democracy, secularism and citizenship. The research project is part of the IEG sub-project "Self-Determination under Occupation? The Formation of Modern Egypt (1879-1956)" of the joint project "The Historicity of Democracy in the Arab and Muslim World" (HISDEMAB) funded by the Leibniz Association.

Secularization in Egypt between Border Crossing and Border Drawing

The research project of Manfred Sing investigated the ways in which Arab intellectuals and religious scholars have adopted European concepts of religion in order to reject external stereotypes and, at the same time, to articulate the need for religious, social, and political reform.

Self-Determination under Occupation? Formation of the Modern Egypt, 1879–1956

Egypt, as an internationally intertwined part of the British Empire, the Arab world, the Islamic reform movement and the (post-)Ottoman space, was a meeting point of mobile actors as well as globally circulating concepts in the early 20th century. The sub-project based at the IEG investigates how global concepts of health and nationalisation policies were translated into local contexts.