Economic Research on the Arab World and the Middle East – A Neglected Field of Study in Germany

  • Steffen Wippel Institut for HistorieCenter for MellemøststudierSyddansk Universitet, Odense
Keywords: Economic Issues, Middle East Studies, Germany, Evolution, Impediments, Regionalization


The article gives an overview of the development of contemporary research on Middle Eastern and North African economies in Germany. It includes the most important institutions and central research topics and approaches, underlining that in fact it is a multidisciplinary field of study. The article also points out some of its most salient structural, conceptual, and methodological problems. Referring to research on regionalization processes, the author advocates an open, transregionally and transdisciplinarily oriented approach closely based on empirical findings.

Author Biography

Steffen Wippel, Institut for HistorieCenter for MellemøststudierSyddansk Universitet, Odense

studied Economics and Islamic Studies at the Universities of Freiburg and Aix-en-Provence. He holds a PhD from the Freie Universität Berlin and obtained his Dr. habil. at Erlangen University. His main research interests are issues of economic and urban development in North Africa and the Gulf region. In his academic life, the author has been affiliated with a number of institutions mentioned in the article. Presently, he is a Visiting Professor in Contemporary Middle East Studies at the University of Southern Denmark. email:

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