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Dr. Manfred Sing

Member of the academic staff, Department "Abendländische Religionsgeschichte". Spokesperson for Research Area 3 "Mobility and the Drawing of Boundaries"
Room: 03-07, Diether-von-Isenburg-Str. 9-11, 55116 Mainz (Besucheranschrift)
Phone: +49 6131 39 39475
Fax: +49 6131 39 35326


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.
Since February 2013: member of the academic staff at the Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG).


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.


Concepts of Religion and the Criticism of Religion: The Case of Arab Secularists and their Opponents in Egypt

The research project of Manfred Sing investigates the ways in which Arab intellectuals and religious scholars 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.