Eugen Wirth (1925-2012) - Geographer of the Oriental City in North Africa and the Near East


  • Anton Escher University of Mainz



Eugen Wirth, Oriental City, German Geography, History of Geography, Urban Research


The article is a personal review of the scientific work of Eugen Wirth. It briefly highlights the essential aspects of the role of Eugen Wirth in the German community of geographers during the last decades of the 20th century. The text focuses on his scientific work concerning the “Oriental City”. Eugen Wirth’s publications on the Oriental City consist of empirical work and mapping in innumerous old quarters of Islamic cities. Also, this close-up documents his influence on scientists in various disciplines, not only geographers.


Anton Escher, University of Mainz

Anton Escher studied geography, philosophy and Islamic studies at the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg. In 1985, he did his Ph.D. with an empirical thesis on the Kingdom of Morocco and habilitated in 1990 with a study on the regional development of the Syrian Arab Republic. Since 1996 he is working as Professor of Cultural Geography at the Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU) in Mainz. Anton Escher is Director of the Institute of Geography and Director of the Center for Intercultural Studies at JGU. His academic focus lies on historical Arab cities, feature films and geography, diaspora and migration as well as cultural mediation and intercultural communication.  





Escher, A. „Eugen Wirth (1925-2012) - Geographer of the Oriental City in North Africa and the Near East“. Middle East - Topics & Arguments, Bd. 12, Nr. 1, Juni 2019, S. 122-6, doi:10.17192/meta.2019.12.7940.



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