Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology and The Ethnographic Collection

Research Interests

Area of Work

Arabic Studies/Islamic Studies/Anthropology: cultures and societies of the modern Arabic-Islamic world (North Africa, Near and Middle East)

Thematic Focus

alternative (non-)religious movements and transformations of religious ideas; religious conflicts; religious-dynamic developments in Egypt; Palestinian history; (religious) education: knowledge spaces and knowledge orders; processes of secularism and modernisation; martyrdom in Islam: paradise and imaginations of paradise (eschatology); sufi brotherhoods; Islamism; gender studies: gender and gender constructions, gendered space; concepts and ideas of space and spacial configurations; iconographic representations; oral and visual memory; oral history; resistance and agency; discourse analysis

Regional Focus

North Africa, Near and Middle East