To present “who is working where and on what within the German academic world” was the task set for this article. The attempt to fulfill this requirement requires a few preliminary and urgent remarks. To draw a complete picture of research on the Modern Arab World in the FRG within the scope of a rather short article is impossible for various reasons. The German Research Foundation has just initiated the same project—a publication of around two hundred pages is forthcoming in 1991. Unlike the United States, where the concept of area studies has led to the creation of “Middle East Centers” at various universities, the FRG has no such institutional framework, with the exception of two projects of this kind in Berlin and Erlangen (see below). Research on the Modern Arab World thus takes place in various departments of various universities. The concluding remark made by Eckarf Ehlers in his article on “German geography of the Middle East” still holds true: “Thus, one may say that almost all activities are based on personal and individual engagement.” Yet, it is not only the institutional factor but also, interwoven with it, traditional historical factors within the academic disciplines as well as the foreign policy of the FRG itself which contribute to making research on the Modern Middle East a rather young discipline in the FRG.