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Albrecht Hofheinz

Associate Professor - Middle East Studies
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Research interests

My main disciplinary background is in Islamic and Arabic studies, combining both philological, historical, and social-anthropological approaches. I have also been influenced by my studies in German literature and linguistics, comparative religion, and Persian language.

My ongoing research focuses on the cultural and social impact of the internet in the Arab world, with a special focus on Egypt, Sudan, and Morocco. This is embedded in a wider interest in the roots of modernity in the Muslim world, as shaped by reform movements over the past three centuries. Previously, I have done research on Islamic mysticism (Sufism) and local history in 18th-20th century Sudan, on contemporary Sudanese affairs, and on Arabic manuscripts in the libraries of Timbuktu (Mali).

My academic research remains indebted to field experience gained while working in humanitarian and development cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the UN, and the German Development Service in the Sudan, the Palestinian territories, and Yemen.

I am a contributing member of several research networks at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, including the New Middle East Project (NewME) and In 2016: How it felt to live in the Arab World five years after the ‘Arab Spring’.

For more detail, see my publications at Google ScholarAcademia and ResearchGate.

Teaching and tutoring

I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in Arabic studies. Apart from participation in language training at all levels, this includes:

MES4010 - Readings in Middle East Studies

MES4110 - Readings of Middle Eastern Texts

MES4210 - Topics in Arabic Studies I

MES4220 - Topics in Arabic Studies II

MES4560 - Topics in Islamic Studies II

ARA4118 - Arabic Manuscripts

ARA4505 - Arabic Cyberspace

Since joining the University of Oslo, I have regularly supervised master students as well as five doctoral candidates.


I received my academic training at universities in Bonn, Tunis, Cairo, and Berlin, where I engaged in Islamic, Arabic and Persian studies, Islamic art history, Arabic music, comparative religion, German literature and linguistics. In 1996, I obtained the degree of dr.philos. in history from the University of Bergen with a dissertation on the social and religious history of an Islamic reform movement in the early modern Sudan. The dissertation was selected as one of that year’s best by the Middle East Studies Association of North America (Malcolm H. Kerr Award).

My academic life was enriched by field experience gained while working in humanitarian and development cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the UN, and the German Development Service in the Sudan, Uganda, the Palestinian territories, and Yemen. My main tasks there included assistance to prisoners of war and other persons arrested in relation to conflict, to refugees, internally displaced, and other civilians affected by violent conflicts, evaluation of cooperation programmes, and consultancy in matters of good governance.

After returning to academia, I became a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study and the Centre for Modern Oriental Studies i Berlin before joining the University of Oslo in 2004.

Detailed CV

Tags: The Middle East, Arab Media, Internet, Islam, North Africa, Sudan, Egypt, Mali, Morocco, Timbuktu


  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2013). Soziale Medien im Arabischen Frühling , I: Thorsten Gerald Schneiders (red.),  Der arabische Frühling: Hintergründe und Analysen.  VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.  ISBN 978-3658011734.  Kap. 6.  s 117 - 125
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2011). Nextopia? Beyond Revolution 2.0. Oriente Moderno.  ISSN 0030-5472.  N.S. 91, s 23-39
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2011). Nextopia? Beyond Revolution 2.0 . International Journal of Communication.  ISSN 1932-8036.  5, s 1417- 1434
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2010). A history of, In Niels Brügger (ed.),  Web History.  Peter Lang Publishing Group.  ISBN 9781433104688.  Chapter 4.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2010). The elusive quest for revolution: What about the ‘next generation’? , In Fay Sudweeks; Herbert Hrachovec & Charles Ess (ed.),  Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication 2010.  School of Information Technology, Murdoch University.  ISBN 978-0-86905-966-1.  Ch. 18.  s 187 - 197
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2008). Arap Dünyasında İnternet: siyasi liberalleşme için oyun alam. Uluslararasi Iliskiler/ International Relations.  ISSN 1304-7310.  4(16), s 79- 96
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2008). The internet in the Arab World: Playground for political liberalization. Uluslararasi Iliskiler/ International Relations.  ISSN 1304-7310.  4, s 79- 96
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2007). Arab Internet Use: Popular Trends and Public Impact, In Naomi Sakr (ed.),  Arab Media and Political Renewal: Community, Legitimacy and Public Life.  I.B. Tauris.  ISBN 9781845113278.  kapittel 5.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2006). Sudan , In Andreas Mehler; H. Melber & Klaus van Walraven (ed.),  Africa Yearbook, 2: Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara 2005.  Brill Academic Publishers.  ISBN 978-9004154-86-5.  kapittel.  s 345 - 359
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2005). Anti-Americanism in the Sudan, In Sigrid Faath (ed.),  Anti-Americanism in the Islamic World.  C. Hurst & Co..  ISBN 1-850657890.  kapittel.  s 54 - 76
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2005). Sudan , In Andreas Mehler; H. Melber & Klaus van Walraven (ed.),  Africa Yearbook 2004: Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara.  Brill Academic Publishers.  ISBN 9004144625.  (kapittel).  s 339 - 353
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2005). al-Internet fī al-˓ālam al-˓Arabī: mal˓ab al-līberāliyya al-siyāsiyya . Al-Kutub Weghat Nazar.  ISSN 1110-9114.  (82), s 62- 67
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2005). The Internet in the Arab World: Playground for Political Liberalization. Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft.  ISSN 0945-2419.  (3), s 78- 96
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2004). Goths in the Lands of the Blacks: A Preliminary Survey of the Ka'ti Library in Timbuktu, In Scott S. Reese (ed.),  The Transmission of Learning in Islamic Africa.  Brill Academic Publishers.  ISBN 9004137793.  6.

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