PhD Grant for research on “The History of the Ottoman Red Crescent”

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.

Candidates should hold a master’s degree in history, Islamic Studies or Oriental Studies. In order to read source materials, knowledge of Ottoman is a prerequisite, knowledge of Turkish and French would be very helpful. International applicants should be prepared to learn German. The successful candidate will be expected to reside in Mainz.

The scholarship is 1200 Euros per month, with additional funds for travelling available.

Applications are welcome until the candidate is chosen.

Applications should be submitted by post or E-Mail under the heading “Red Crescent” to:

Leibniz Institute of European History,

Attn. Mrs. Erika Seibel, Human Resources,

Alte Universitätsstrasse 19,

55116 Mainz, Germany


If you have any further questions, please contact:

Dr. Esther Moeller (

Cite this blog post
Fabian Klose (2014, May 6). PhD Grant for research on “The History of the Ottoman Red Crescent” Humanitarianism & Human Rights. Retrieved May 21, 2024, from

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