Established on the initiative of the German Oriental Society in 1961, the Orient-Institut Beirut conducts and supports research in the humanities and social sciences. The main geographic focus is the Arab world and the wider Middle East, while also reflecting on links to processes and phenomena outside the region. Arabic as a scientific and source language is a central and indispensable tool for most projects. The institute’s research strategy relies on cooperation with institutions and researchers in the region. The institute recruits short-term doctoral fellows and post-docs internationally; research associates come for several years and are generally German speaking. Historical and contemporary research, linguistics and social sciences work together in interdisciplinary research clusters. Since 2010, the office of the OI Beirut also organises seminars and research projects in Cairo.

Orient-Institut Beirut

Rue Hussein Beyhum 44
Zokak el-Blat
P.O.B. 11-2988
11072120 Riad El Solh
Tel. +961 (1) 359 423
Fax +961 (1) 359 176


The Orient-Institut Beirut carries out fundamental research in the areas of Arabic, and Islamic Studies, Semitic Studies, Study of Christian Orient, Ottomanistic and Iranian Studies. Within that remit a particular focus is placed on cooperation with academics in the region and a critical exchange.

In addition to the traditional historical and philological perspectives increasing attention is given to approaches from neighbouring studies such as social anthropology, political sciences, sociology and linguistics.

Founded: 1961/Re-opened 1994

Positions: 21 (average number according to recorded information, including project staff)

Areas of Research:
Cultures, Religions, Languages and Literatures as well as the History and Present Situation of Societies in the Near and Middle East.

Library: more than 130,000 volumes and 158 journal subscriptions

Promotion of Young Academics:
Scholarships for PhD students as well as postdocs, internships

- Bibliotheca Islamica (BI)
- Beiruter Texte und Studien (BTS)
- Orient-Institut Studies

Lectures, conferences, workshops

Academic Advisory Council