Seyfeddin Kara


Project Responsibilities:

UK news and research

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Professional Positions:

PhD Student at the School of Government and International Affairs, University of Durham


Areas of Expertise:

  • Early history of the qur’ānic text
  • Islamic political thought
  • Islam and human rights
  • Muslims in Britain and Turkey
  • Muslims and media
  • Shi’ism
  • Islamic Mysticism

Professional Bio:

Seyfeddin Kara was born and raised in Turkey. He graduated with a BA in History from Uludag University, Turkey. After which he moved to the UK where he obtained a Certificate in International Human Rights Law and Practice from the London School of Economics, University of London.  He pursued Islamic studies at Birkbeck College, University of London and is currently a PhD Student at the School of Government and International Affairs, University of Durham.

He worked with the Islamic Human Rights Commission, a UK based NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations from 2005 to 2011. During his work at the IHRC, he has authored several reports submitted to various UN treaty bodies (CERD, CEDAW and UPR). He has also given expert testimonies at the UK courts on various high profile anti-terrorism cases

Claudia Carvalho

Project Responsibilities:

Portugal and Spain news and research

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Professional Positions:

PhD Student
Department of Cultural Studies, School of Humanities, Tilburg University

Areas of Expertise:

  • Islam
  • Fiqh
  • Islam and Muslims in the West
  • Islam and Muslims in Portugal
  • Islam and Muslims in Spain
  • Radicalism
  • Salafism
  • Middle East
  • Jihad and Islamic terrorism

Select Publications:

  • Palestina: A Terra Prometida Judeus, Cristãos E Muçulmanos(Palestine, the Promised Land – between Jews, Christians and Muslims). Editora Prefácio, Lisboa, 2005.
  • Islam in Europe. Editora Prefácio, Lisboa, 2006, pp. 121-135.
  • Islam and Terrorism in the domain of National Defense and Security in Portugal
  • European Union and the Mediterranean Security CASD-CESEDEN-CHEM-IDN C4 Summit, Madrid, 2006.

Professional Bio:

Claudia Carvalho is a PhD student at Tilburg University, School of Humanities, analyzing the theme of religious violence in the form of Jihad and Islamic Terrorism. In 2003 she completed summa cum laude her Master Degree in International Relations with a thesis about the Israeli-Arabic conflict that was later published as a book. Pursuing further her education she attended the Course of National Defense promoted by the Portuguese Defense Ministry in 2005. Also in this year she co-wrote a book, Islam in Europe, where she traced the profile of Islamic communities in Scandinavian countries. Since then she has been actively participating in International and national Conferences over Islam, Jihad and Terrorism, either as a key speaker and as a panelist.

Claudia focuses her research interests on Islam, rituals, religious violence, Jihad, e-Jihad and Terrorism.


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Emin Poljarevic

Project Responsibilities: Scandinavia news and research

Positions: Affiliated researcher with the Department of Political Social Studies at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy


Personal Website

Area of Expertise:

  • Modern Islamic History
  • Islamist Social Movements
  • Islam and Muslim Minorities in Scandinavia
  • Sociology of Islam

Emin Poljarevic holds a PhD (2012) and M.Res. from the European University Institute (2008MA from the University of Uppsala (2006) and ). Previously he worked as a research assistant and project coordinator at the Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala University (2004-2007). Here he conducted research on social security issues in Balkans, Caucasus and Central Asia.  During his PhD studies, he was a visiting assistant professor at the SAXO Institute, University of Copenhagen (2010/11). Poljarevic has presented papers at an extensive range of conferences, and has published several book chapters and articles. His current research interests intersect between social movement studies, the study of state repression, and dynamics of social motivations. At the time he is developing a postdoctoral research project intended to explore patterns of socio-political shifts in the Middle East and North Africa with special focus on Islamist social movement organizations.

Shelby Condray

Shelby Condray is the current webmaster for

His work history in technology includes Harvard University Center for Government and International Studies, Boston University School of Management, Yale School of Music, and numerous other organizations both inside and outside of academia.

He has an MDIV from Boston University School of Theology, a MM from Yale University School of Music, and two undergraduate degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

His current interests are the Corporatization of the Media, Human Rights (especially GLBT rights), and late 20th century developments in American Protestantism.

Iben Helqvist

Iben Helqvist
Research Assistant
Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
Roskilde University
Universitetsvej 1
4000 Roskilde

Area of Expertise:
– Muslim interest groups
– Political representation of Muslim minorities
– Muslim civil societies in Scandinavia, Germany and the US

CV available here
Narrative bio:
Iben Helqvist holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Roskilde University, Denmark. She has pursued her interest in Muslim minorities in Europe and the US by studying German integration politics at Freie Universität in Berlin, as well as ‘Contemporary Islam’ at American University in Washington DC. In DC she also did an internship with Muslim Public Affairs Council and gained valuable insight into national American politics relating to the Muslim-American community.

In her master’s thesis Iben studied Muslim interest groups in Denmark. She analyzed how these groups interact with politicians and the public administration and why it is difficult for Muslim interest groups to establish themselves as credible and reliable partners of the public administration in Denmark.

Benjamin Bruce

Areas of expertise:

-Public policy towards Islam in Western Europe

-Turkish Islam and Turkish immigration in Europe

-International Relations Theory

Narrative bio (general under 100 words)

Benjamin Bruce is a PhD student in International Relations at Sciences Po Paris, specializing in Political Science. He is affiliated with the Centre for International Studies and Research (CERI), based in Paris.

His current doctoral research focusses on the interaction between public policy and international relations in the elaboration of national integration policies aimed at Islam in France, Germany and the UK.

Narrative bio (slightly longer)

Benjamin Bruce is a PhD student in International Relations at Sciences Po Paris, specializing in Political Science. He is affiliated with the Centre for International Studies and Research (CERI), based in Paris.

Following an Honours BA at McGill University in East Asian Studies and Linguistics he worked as an intern in the UNHCR social services program in Istanbul, Turkey. He graduated summa cum laude from the Research Master’s Programme at Sciences Po Paris with a Master’s thesis on the role of the Turkish Presidency of Religious Affairs (Diyanet İşleri Başkanlığı) in the management of Muslim religious life in France and Germany.

Benjamin’s current doctoral research focusses on the interaction between public policy and international relations in the elaboration of national integration policies aimed at Islam in France, Germany and the UK. His research interests include all issues linking religion, immigration, identity and nationalism, especially with a focus on the role of the state institutions and interstate relations.

CV available here

Anika Haverig

Project Responsibilities:

UK and Germany news and research

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Areas of Expertise:

  • Islam and Muslims in Germany
  • Islam and Muslims in the UK
  • Citizenship
  • Immigrant incorporation and integration in Western Europe
  • Multiculturalism and the “crisis of multiculturalism”

Select Publications:

Constructing global/ local subjectivities – The New Zealand OE as governance through freedom. Mobilities, Vol. 6 (1), 103 – 123.

Professional Bio:

Anika Haverig recently completed her doctoral studies in Sociology at the University of Kent, UK. Her PhD dissertation, entitled “Managing the “enemy within” – The Re-evaluation of Citizenship in Germany and the United Kingdom post-2001”, offers a comparative analysis of recent German and British policy initiatives designed to manage cultural diversity. More specifically, the thesis investigates how the citizenship regimes in the two states are changing to include not only formal forms of belonging, but also what it means to be a citizen in terms of culturally belonging to a nation.

Anika also holds an MA in Sociology from the University of Canterbury, NZ, and a teaching degree in Social Sciences and Mathematics from Bielefeld University, Germany. Her research interests are broadly focused on the field of mobilities, migration, and migrant incorporation .


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Oliver Scharbrodt

Project Responsibilities:

Irish news and research

Contact Information:

Study of Religions Department
College of Arts
University College Cork
Cork, Ireland
 personal website 


Professional Positions:

Lecturer in the Study of Religions, University College Cork

Areas of Expertise:

  • Islam, Modern Intellectual History
  • Islam and Muslims in Europe
  • Islam and Muslims in Ireland
  • Sufism
  • Shiism
  • Islamic Messianism
  • Baha’i Faith

Select Publications:

Islam and the Baha’i Faith: A Comparative Study of Muhammad ‘Abduh and ‘Abdul-Baha ‘Abbas, London: Routledge, 2008 [Culture and Civilization in the Middle East 13] (paperback published 2011)

Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs: Special Edition on Islam and Muslims in the Republic of Ireland, Vol. 31 (2011), edited together with Tuula Sakaranaho

Professional Bio:

Oliver Scharbrodt studied Comparative Religion, Islamic Studies and Philosophy at the University of Bonn in Germany and completed his graduate studies and research in London, obtaining his MA and PhD from SOAS, the School of Oriental and African Studies. After teaching for a few years in London and in the USA, Oliver Scharbrodt joined the Study of Religions Department at UCC in 2008. Responsible for teaching courses on Islam, his research interests lie in the intellectual history of modern Islam, the historical and contemporary presence of Islam in Europe and the role of mystical, esoteric and millenarian traditions of Islam in the modern world. Currently, Oliver Scharbrodt is the principal investigator of a research project, funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS), investigating the historical development and current situation of Islam in Ireland.


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Gloria García-Romeral Moreno

Mailing Address:

Universitat Autònoma de Barelona. Departament de Sociologia. Edifici B, 08193.

Bellaterra (Barcelona) B3 117-1

Phone: (+34) 93.581.24.17

Email: gloria.garciaromeral(arroba)

Area of Expertise: Sociology of religion

Narrative Bio:

Gloria received her degree in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Granada in 2004. Currently, she is PhD candidate at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and member and researcher of the ISOR (Research on Sociology of Religion), a group directed by professor Joan Estruch. Gloria has also carried out short periods of research at the Università degli Studi di Padova (Italy) and the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) as an invited researcher. In 2006 she obtained a Diploma in Advanced Studies at the Autonomous University of Barcelona with the work “Nous musulmans a Catalunya. Una minoria activa dins l’islam” (about the Catalan associations of converts to Islam). Currently, Gloria is in the process of completing a PhD dissertation on Muslim death practices and rituals and their accommodation within Catalan society.