At the Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG) in Mainz there is currently a research project on the history of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in its global dimension, especially in the Arab world. Within this research field the Leibniz Institute is offering a PhD grant for a research project on the history of the Ottoman Red Crescent.
The IEG promotes research on the historical foundations of Europe from the early modern period to the present day. The central theme of the IEG’s research programme is negotiating difference – enabling, establishing and confronting religious, political and social differences in early modern and modern Europe. In doing so, it also considers the question of Europe’s frontiers and its relations with the regions beyond.
The PhD project should relate to the institute’s research on the subject of “humanitarian ideas and practices”. The history of humanitarianism has recently been discovered as an important field of History and is still lacking studies on non-Western, non-Christian forms, ideas and practices of humanitarian aid. The project on the first Islamic branch of the Red Cross movement will respond to this lacuna in research and present an innovative work based on unexplored archival sources.