Jerzy Zdanowski, Professor of humanities (since 2003), historian, political scientist, Arabist.
He studied economics at the Warsaw University and graduated from MA and PhD studies in the field of international relations in the Institute of International Studies in Moscow, followed by habilitation and professorship in the field of the Middle East in the Institute of History PAS in Warsaw. He has conducted research on the Middle East since 1974, focusing on the issues of modern, most recent history, slavery, Islamism, developmental problems, as well as international relations.
He completed numerous foreign internships including, a year-long visit to Kuwait and Jordan, England (SOAS, professor H. Norris seminar), ), and also at the Faculty of Theology, Istanbul University, the Faculty of Political Sciences İstanbul Şehir Üniversitesi, the Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences of Cairo University, the Institute for Diplomatic Studies (Riyadh), the Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies i School of International (Tehran).
He also completed archival research at The Presbiterian Historical Society (Philadelphia, PA), the Hope College (Holland, Michigan), the Theological Seminary (New Brunswick, NJ), state archives in, rabat, Amman, Tehran, Moscow, Maskat and on regular basis at the National Archives (Londyn), the Archives of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Paris, La Courneuve), the India Office (Londyn), the Archives of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Nantes).
He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Rutgers and Princeton Universities (Jones Hall, seminar of Professor A. Udovitz) and a recipient of the ”haut niveau” the French Government fellowship (La Maison Mediterranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme, Aix-en-Provence).
He participated in international projects, including “An Individual and a Society in the Mediterranean Muslim World” sponsored by the European Science Foundation in Strasbourg (1996–2001). Between 1998-2001 he coordinated the accomplishment of the Polish-Finnish research project “State and Everyday Life in Africa” sponsored by UNESCO and the participation of Polish Africanist milieu in the „African Borderlands” project financed by ESF as well as serving as a ESF reviewer.
He was chosen a member of the Orientalist Sciences Committee PAS in the past few terms.
Since 1994 he is an editor-in-chief of the „Hemispheres. Studies on Cultures and Societies” annual, published by PAS. Member of the Editorial Council of the “Archiv Orientalni”(“The Oriental Archive”) quarterly, published by the Oriental Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Prague. In Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University he edits the „Krakowskie Studia Międzynarodowe” (“Cracow International Studies”) quarterly dedicated to the problems of Asia and Africa.
Since 1978 he is a researcher at the Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures of the Polish Academy of Sciences (initially the Center for Studies on Non-European Countries) and served as a director of this institution for many years. Since 2010 he is in charge of the Department of Islam Civilization in the Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures PAS.
In 2003 he was awarded Academic Award of the Social Sciences Department PAS in the area of Orientalism, for the monograph Historia Arabii Wschodniej od czasów najdawniejszych do XIII wieku (The History of the East Arabia from the earliest times till the end of XII century).
He was awarded the following grants of Ministry of Science and Higher Education: „Islam a globalizacja”(Islam and globalization) (2003–2005 together with prof. Anna Mrozek-Dumanowska), „Niewolnictwo w Zatoce Perskiej w XX w.”(Slavery in the Persian Gulf in XX century), (2006–2008), „Muzułmańska myśl społeczno-polityczna. Nurt Braci Muzułmanów”(Muslim political and social thought. Muslim Brotherhood trend) (2006–2008), „Społeczeństwa Bliskiego Wschodu w XX w.”(The Societies of the Middle East in XX century) (2009–2012) and “Stosunki międzynarodowe na Bliskim Wschodzie w XX w.”(International relations in the Middle East in the XX century) (2010–2012); “Państwo na muzułmańskim Bliskim Wschodzie” (“State in the Islamic Middle East”) (2013–2015). Currently he is carrying on the project “The Arabian Mission”.
He was invited to deliver numerous lectures abroad, including those in Department of Religion at the Princeton University, New Brunswick Theological Seminary (New Brunswick, NJ), Zentrum Moderner Orient (Berlin), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Institut des Relations Internationales in Casablanca, Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, Department of Near Eastern Studies at the Princeton University, Trinity College at the University of Dublin, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat, St Anthony’s College in Oxford, Sheikh Zayd University in Abu Dhabi, the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies (New York University), the Beer Sheva University in the Negev, the Columbia University, the Rutgers University, İstanbul Şehir Üniversitesi, the Institute of Diplomatic Studies (Riyadh), the Liverpool University, the Collegium Maius (Jagiellonian University).