Ulrich Brandenburg

Ulrich Brandenburg, Dr.

Teaching and Research Assistant Islamic Studies

Phone: +41 44 634 07 25

Room number: RAA H-17

ulrich.brandenburg@uzh.ch

  • Office hours: Mo 14-16 (after appointment via e-mail)


Biography

M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies 2010, University of Bonn
M.A. in Japanese Studies 2011, University of Bonn
Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Studies 2017, University of Zurich

Research Interests

19th and 20th centuries; Modern Middle Eastern and Asian history; history of globalization and mass communication; religious reform movements; nationalisms and collective identities

Publications

a) journal articles

"In His Father’s Footsteps? Ahmed Münir İbrahim’s 1910 Journey from Harbin to Tokyo as a Member of the First Ottoman Student Delegation to Japan," in: Global Perspectives on Japan, special issue on “Japan’s Interaction with the Turkish and the Muslim World” (forthcoming).

"An Inventory of the First Muslim Journal in Japan: The Islamic Fraternity (1910-12) and Its Successors," in: Annals of Japan Association for Middle East Studies/Nihon Chūtō Gakkai Nenpō, 35, 2, 2019 (in print).

"Wenn die Zeichen nicht trügen, so wird die japanische Regierung den Islam bevorzugen.‘ Japans Wahl einer Staatsreligion als Falschmeldung von globaler Reichweite," in: Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft, 67, 3, 2019, 218–233.

"Imagining an Islamic Japan: Pan-Asianism’s Encounter with Muslim Mission," in: Japan Forum, published online Nov. 26, 2018. (link)

"The Multiple Publics of a Transnational Activist: Abdürreşid İbrahim, Pan-Asianism, and the Creation of Islam in Japan," in: Die Welt des Islams, 58, 2, 2018, 143-172. (link)

b) contributions to edited volumes

"Osmanlı-Japon İlişkilerinde Ahmed Fazlı, Muhammed Bereketullah ile Islamic Fraternity Gazetesi: Ön Mülahazalar," in: Selçuk Esenbel und Oğuz Baykara (ed.): Türkiye’de Japonya Çalışmaları 3, İstanbul: Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Yayınevi, 2018, 82-97.

c) book reviews

Cemil Aydin, Aydin, Cemil: The Idea of the Muslim World. A Global Intellectual History. Cambridge, Mass. 2017, in: Asiatische Studien – Études Asiatiques, 72, 3, 2018, 1007-1014. (full access)

Nile Green, Terrains of Exchange. Religious Economies of Global Islam, London 2014, in: Asiatische Studien – Études Asiatiques, 70, 1, 2016, 277-280. (open access)

Renée Worringer, Ottomans Imagining Japan. East, Middle East, and Non-Western Modernity at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, New York 2014, in: Asiatische Studien – Études Asiatiques, 68, 3, 2014, 883-888. (open access)

d) other

"Arab Feminism," workshop report for: Feminism and Theory in the Arab World (Zurich, March 18-19, 2016), Asia & Europe Bulletin, 6, 2017, 13-14. (open access)

"Asian Conceptual Taxonomies 'Before Religion,'" Interview with Raji C. Steineck und Christoph Uehlinger, Asia & Europe Bulletin, 1, 2012, 7-9. (open access)

 

Talks (selection)

"Like Father Like Son? Two Tatars in pre-WWI Japan and the Press," workshop "Creating Spaces, Connecting Worlds: Dimensions of the Press in the Middle East and Eurasia," University of Zurich, Oct 31, 2019.

"Opium in Meiji Japan’s Internationalization: The Cases of Iran and the Ottoman Empire," workshop "Drugs and the Politics of Consumption in Japan," University of Zurich, Aug 22, 2019.

"Decentering the Second World War: The Middle East and the Sino-Japanese War, 1937-45," conference "Global Islam in the Interwar World," Mar 28, 2019.

"Der Islam als japanische Staatsreligion? Der Tokioter Religionskongress und die Zirkulation falscher Nachrichten zwischen Europa und dem Orient," 52. Deutscher Historikertag, Universität Münster, Sep 28, 2018. (Report)

"Connecting the ‘World of Islam’: Solidarity and Competition in the Early 20th Century Ottoman Press," Third European Convention on Turkic, Ottoman and Turkish Studies, University of Bamberg, Sep 20, 2018.

"ʿAbd al-Qādir in Damascus: Facets of a Living Hero," workshop "Relative Eliten im Nahen Osten des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts," University of Bern, Jun 1, 2018.

"Japanese-Muslim Relations between Religious and Imperial Imaginaries," colloquium of the Organization of Islamic Area Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo, Jan 21, 2018.

"Second Degree Asianism: The Russo-Japanese War, Japanese Imperialism and Muslim Visions of Japan," 11th Minpaku Lecture Series in Modern Middle East Studies, National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Jan 15, 2018. (Link)

"Japan, China, Islam, and Jihad: The Sino-Japanese War 1937-1945 in Middle Eastern Writings," 33. Deutscher Orientalistentag, University of Jena, Sep 17, 2017.

Organized Events

Workshop "Biography and the Study of the Muslim Mediterranean in the Long 19th Century," Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich, Jan 29, 2020 (with Bettina Dennerlein).

Workshop "Creating Spaces, Connecting Worlds: Dimensions of the Press in the Middle East and Eurasia," Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich, Oct 30–Nov 2, 2019 (with Eliza Isabaeva, Helena Rust, Gonzalo San Emeterio Cabañes).

Workshop "Drugs and the Politics of Consumption in Japan," Department of History, University of Zurich, Aug 22–24, 2019 (with Judith Vitale).

Public seminar "Komplexität abbilden – Islam und Naher Osten zwischen Mythen und Fakten" (homepage), Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich, Feb 14, 2019 (with Amir Ali, Christian Wyler, Valerie Hase, Filip Dingerkus, Zeynep Sarıaslan, Eliza Isabaeva).

Switzerland-wide research colloquium for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (foki), Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich, spring term 2016 and fall term 2018 (with Helena Rust).

Lecture series "The Middle East in Global History – Global History in the Middle East" (report), Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich, spring term 2017 (with Helena Rust).