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.

Ongoing Research

Background

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, CIMS

Publications

  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2017). Broken Walls: Challenges to Patriarchal Authority in the Eyes of Sudanese Social Media Actors. Die Welt des Islams.  ISSN 0043-2539.  57, s 278- 302 . doi: 10.1163/1D5i7e00W60e7l-t05d73e4sp0Is2 Show summary
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2016). #Sisi_vs_Youth, or: Who Has a Voice in Egypt?. Journal of Arabic and Islamic studies.  ISSN 0806-198X.  16, s 327- 348 Show summary
  • 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 Show summary
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2011). Nextopia? Beyond Revolution 2.0. Oriente Moderno.  ISSN 0030-5472.  N.S. 91, s 23-39 Show summary
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2011). Nextopia? Beyond Revolution 2.0. International Journal of Communication.  ISSN 1932-8036.  5, s 1417- 1434 Show summary
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2010). A history of Allah.com, In Niels Brügger (ed.),  Web History.  Peter Lang Publishing Group.  ISBN 9781433104688.  Chapter 4. Show summary
  • 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 Show summary
  • 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. Show summary
  • 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 Show summary

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  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2018). Meikal Mumin and Kees Versteegh (eds.). The Arabic Script in Africa: Studies in the Use of a Writing System. Studies in Semitic Languages and Linguistics 71. Leiden: Brill, 2014. xx, 400 pp. €142.00, hardback; €137.00, e-book.. Islamic Africa.  ISSN 2154-0993.  9
  • Guth, Stephan; Hofheinz, Albrecht & Haugen, Toril Kristin Viken (2017, 27. januar). Lagar "leksikon" over året 2016: Livet i Egypt og Tunisia fem år etter. [Tidsskrift].  Apollon.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2017). Baby Milk.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2017). Who Speaks for Islam? And What Is Islam? Anti-authoritarianism, Humanism, and Autonomy of Choice as Important Dimensions in Current Self-Reflection.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2016). A Look Back on Generation Stuck: of Dreams Repressed, of Seeking a Way Out.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2016). Blasphemy among Muslims.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2016). Broken Walls: Challenges to patriarchal authority in the eyes of Sudanese social media actors.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2016). Daring to Transgress: The Growing Visibility of Blasphemy and Atheism in the Current Arab Public.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2016). Policy Brief: Broken Walls: Challenges to Patriarchal Authority in the Eyes of Sudanese Social Media Actors. Show summary
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2016). Social Media Five Years after the “Arab Spring”—Some General Remarks.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2015). Brave New Sudan. [www ].
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2015). Of Broken Walls and Broken Illusions, or: Where do Sudanese Social Media Actors Perceive Liberating Change?. Show summary
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2015). Withdrawal from Taḥrīr? Voices from the social media on the fate of the revolution, the wall of fear, and the role of individual actors in post-coup Egypt. Show summary
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2014). How did the Arabic Twittersphere react to Obama’s speech outlining his strategy against IS?. [www ].
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2014). Landslide. [www ].
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2014). Regime of fear, 2.0. [www ].
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2014). Rāqī bi-akhlāqī, or: The Moral Turn, from Sufi Shaykhs to Facebook groups.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2014). Tunisia – Egypt: who won?. [www ].
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2014). #WhyIHateIkhwan. Islamist-secular polarisation in Egyptian social media.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2014). #WhyIHateIkhwan. Islamist-secular polarization in Egyptian social media.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2014). Withdrawal from Taḥrīr? Voices from the Social Media on the Fate of the Revolution, the Wall of Fear, and the Role of Individual Actors in Post-Coup Egypt. Show summary
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2013). Abdullah al-Tayyib, In Robert S. Kramer; Richard A. Lobban & Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban (ed.),  Historical dictionary of the Sudan.  Scarecrow Press.  ISBN 978-0-8108-6180-0.  artikkel.  s 41 - 41
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2013). Ahmad ibn Idris, In Robert S. Kramer; Richard A. Lobban & Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban (ed.),  Historical dictionary of the Sudan.  Scarecrow Press.  ISBN 978-0-8108-6180-0.  artikkel.  s 56 - 56
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2013). Allah.com – a Trajectory.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2013). Internet, In Robert S. Kramer; Richard A. Lobban & Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban (ed.),  Historical dictionary of the Sudan.  Scarecrow Press.  ISBN 978-0-8108-6180-0.  artikkel.  s 216 - 217
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2013). Islamic studies in Germany: an overview.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2013). Majadhib, In Robert S. Kramer; Richard A. Lobban & Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban (ed.),  Historical dictionary of the Sudan.  Scarecrow Press.  ISBN 978-0-8108-6180-0.  artikkel.  s 283 - 284
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2013). Shadhiliya, In Robert S. Kramer; Richard A. Lobban & Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban (ed.),  Historical dictionary of the Sudan.  Scarecrow Press.  ISBN 978-0-8108-6180-0.  artikkel.  s 379 - 380
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2013). Social Media in the 'Arab Spring': The Example of Egypt. :NewME Reports. 1. Show summary
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2013). Uthman ibn Abi Bakr Diqna, In Robert S. Kramer; Richard A. Lobban & Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban (ed.),  Historical dictionary of the Sudan.  Scarecrow Press.  ISBN 978-0-8108-6180-0.  artikkel.  s 448 - 449
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2013). #WhyIHateIkhwan. Islamist-secular polarization in Egyptian social media.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2013). #WhyIHateIkhwan. Islamist-secular polarization in Egyptian social media.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2013). al-Damer, In Robert S. Kramer; Richard A. Lobban & Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban (ed.),  Historical dictionary of the Sudan.  Scarecrow Press.  ISBN 978-0-8108-6180-0.  artikkel.  s 119 - 120
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht & Bergseng, Anne (2013, 20. august). Tror turistene vil vende tilbake til Egypt. [Internett]. Show summary
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht & Lohne, Jenny-Linn (2013, 26. juli). Fem drept og flere skadet etter nye kamper i Egypt. [Internett]. Show summary
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2012). "Born on the 25th of January". Introduction to the European premiere of Aḥmed Rashwān’s film "Mawlūd fī 25 yanāyir".
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2012). Egypt: Election results vs November Facebook popularity. [www ].
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2012). En attendant… le salut. [www ].
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2012). From the high skies, or: the lie of the land – a view from the edge. [www ].
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2012). New Media, Religion and Gender. Comment on the presentation by Mia Lövheim.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2012). Out-Reach. [www ].
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2012). Social Media in the ‘Arab Spring’ — field observations from Egypt. Show summary
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2012). Social Media in the ‘Arab Spring’ — the example of Egypt. Show summary
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2012). Social Media in the ‘Arab Spring’ — the example of Egypt.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2012). Sosiale mediers rolle i den egyptiske revolusjonen.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2012). Who owns the revolution? A contested anniversary. [www ].
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht & Utvik, Bjørn Olav (2012). Egypt one year after: Military rule in guise of democracy?. Show summary
  • Ohlander, Erik S.; Ballanfat, Paul; Ephrat, Daphna; Hofheinz, Albrecht & Kılıç, Mahmud Erol (2012). From the Editors. Journal of Sufi Studies.  ISSN 2210-5948.  1(1), s 1- 2
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2011, 11. februar). Den første Facebook-revolusjonen?. [Internett].  ABC Nyheter. Show summary
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2011, 29. januar). Die Welt schaut zu – Islamwissenschaftler über das Internet in der arabischen Welt. [Radio].  Deutschlandfunk: Informationen am Morgen. Show summary
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2011, 21. januar). Korrespondenten: Sosiale medier i Tunisias folkerevolusjon. [TV].  TV2.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2011, 28. januar). Kuttet hele internett: Egyptiske myndigheter har sperret befolkningens tilgang til internett i påvente av demonstrasjoner etter fredagsbønnen. [Internett].  ABC Nyheter.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2011). Nextopia? Beyond Revolution 2.0.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2011, 22. mars). On the events in Libya. [TV].  Insu^tv.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2011). Revolution II. [www ].
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2011, 31. januar). Schmalband: Ägypter nutzen das Internet per Modem. [Internett].  golem.de: IT-News für Profis. Show summary
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht; Akerhaug, Lars & Skevik, Erlend (2011, 21. november). Øyenvitne til VG Nett: Folk løper forbi med sårede. [Internett].  VG Nett.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht & Falkenberg Mikkelsen, Sigurd (2011, 28. januar). NRK P2 Kulturnytt: [om sosiale mediers rolle i demonstrasjonene i Egypt]. [Radio].  NRK P2.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht & Havdal Tangenes, Anders (2011, 15. februar). Håp om frihet og fremtid: opptøyene i Egypt.  Under Dusken. Show summary
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht & Meringolo, Azzurra (2011, 22. mars). «Il web ha dato coraggio alla rivoluzione araba».  Il Messaggero. Show summary
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht & Mohammed, Ferhad (2011, 14. juli). (on the significance of South Sudan’s independence for the future of non-Arab people in the Arab states). [Internett].  Gulan Media.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht & Reichmuth, Christoph (2011, 03. desember). Sieg der Frommen trifft Tourismus.  Neue Luzerner Zeitung. Show summary
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht & Torgersen, Hans Henrik (2011, 21. november). Revolusjonen, del 2.  Verdens Gang.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2010). Dynamics of internet use in the Arab-Islamic world. Show summary
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2010). The elusive quest for revolution: What about the 'next generation'?. Show summary
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht & Wiedemann, Charlotte (2010, 19. april). Portrait Abdelkader Haidara: Aus den Sandlöchern in die digitale Bibliothek. [Internett].  qantara.de. Show summary
  • Myrvold, Pernille; Moubarak, Mary Boulos & Hofheinz, Albrecht (2010). RAPPORT utarbeidet til Universitets- og høgskolerådet (HRS): Sammenligning av bruken av bokstavkarakterer for emnene ARA103 (UiB) og ARA1120 (UiO) høsten 2010.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2009). Contested authority? Reflections on the niqāb debate.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2009, 23. november). “Den nubiske apekatt”. [Radio].  NRK P1 “Her og nå”.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2009, 01. mars). Fī istikhdām al-Internet fī al-ʿĀlam al-ʿArabī. [Radio].  Deutsche Welle (DW-RADIO/DW-WORLD/Arabic).
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2009, 29. juli). Fī taʿāwun norwēǧī saʿūdī: Naql ṭullāb wa-ṭālibāt min Iskandināfiyā li-taʿallum al-lugha al-ʿarabiyya fī Jidda.  al-Madīna - al-Arbiʿāʾ.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2009). Identity • Authority • History: Facets of Muslims’ Internet use. Show summary
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2009). Jāmiʿat Ōslō wa’l-dirāsa fīhā.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2009, 28. oktober). Midtøsten ruster opp.  Universitas.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2009). Response to Fredrick Bäck, Islamic groups on the internet in Finland.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2009, 16. september). Timbuktus verschollenes Erbe: vom Sande verweht. [TV].  ARTE. Show summary
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2008). A history of Allah.com. Show summary
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2008, 31. januar). Internett og sensur i Tunisia. [Internett].  NRK P2 "Sånn er livet".
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2008). Reconstituting bodies of knowledge: Disciplining the body – simplifying the corpus – reconstructing the community. Show summary
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2008, 28. juli). Sesam im Sandmeer.  DER SPIEGEL. Show summary
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2008). The Internet, the quest for democracy, and the role of the individual in the Arab world.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2008). Virtual Jihad: transmission belt of a global movement?.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2007). Internet usage in the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2007). The Internet and democratization in the Middle East: a plea for greater historical and social contextualization. Show summary
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2007). The Internet and democratization in the Middle East: a plea for greater historical and social contextualization. Show summary
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2007). The Internet, the quest for democracy, and the role of the individual in the Arab world.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2007). Ḥədaräb, In Siegbert Uhlig (ed.),  Encyclopaedia Aethiopica, vol. 3.  Harrassowitz Verlag.  ISBN 978-3-447-05607-6.  artikkel.  s 7 - 9
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2006). New media and democratization in the Arab world.
  • Hofheinz, Albrecht (2006). Understanding Sufism in Sudan. Show summary

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