UK news and research
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
- Islamic Mysticism
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
Portugal and Spain news and research
Department of Cultural Studies, School of Humanities, Tilburg University
Areas of Expertise:
- Islam and Muslims in the West
- Islam and Muslims in Portugal
- Islam and Muslims in Spain
- Middle East
- Jihad and Islamic terrorism
- 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.
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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UK and Germany news and research
Areas of Expertise:
- Islam and Muslims in Germany
- Islam and Muslims in the UK
- Immigrant incorporation and integration in Western Europe
- Multiculturalism and the “crisis of multiculturalism”
Constructing global/ local subjectivities – The New Zealand OE as governance through freedom. Mobilities, Vol. 6 (1), 103 – 123.
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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Irish news and research
Study of Religions Department
College of Arts
University College Cork
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
- Islamic Messianism
- Baha’i Faith
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
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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Project Responsibilities: Scandinavia news and research
Department of Literature, History of Ideas and Religious Studies
University of Gothenburg
Area of Expertise:
Islam, Islamic History
Islam and Muslims in the West
Islam and Muslims in Sweden
Islam and Muslims in Scandinavia
Islamic Popular Culture
Sufism in the West
Ramadan – en svensk tradition (Ramadan – A Swedish Tradition)
Red. Berglund, J & Sorgenfrei, S. Lund: 2009
Kärleken begär att dessa ord skall fram – Jalaluddin Rumis liv, lära och lyrik (Love demands these words to be spoken – the life, teachings and poetry of Jelaluddin Rumi) Red. Dahlén, A & Sorgenfrei, S. Stockholm: 2008
Simon Sorgenfrei is interested in Islam and Sufism in the past and present. His thesis – “American Dervish. Traditions and Trajectories in the Mevlevi Order of America – focuses on Sufism in the USA and especially on the issue of tradition and change in the Mevlevi Order of America (MOA). Doing participant observations and interviews Sorgenfrei is interested in the activities of the MOA as a “lived religion”, focusing on individual narratives and meaning constructions. The study of the development and activities of Mevlevis in the west also allows him to contribute to the discussion on religious identity and categorization.
Simon Sorgenfrei has a background in Literature Studies, Persian Studies, History of Religions and Islamic Studies. He is currently teaching Religious and Islamic Studies at Södertörn University College in Stockholm, Sweden.
Netherlands news and research
PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, McMaster University, Canada
Areas of Expertise:
- Islam, Modern
- visual culture
- multiculturalism and pluralism in the so-called west
- Islamophobia and social fear
- anthropological approaches to ‘image’ and ‘object’
- contemporary representations of Islam
- secularism / the secular
Brown, Alexandra. 2012. Managing the Mosaic: The Work of Form in Ontario’s Commission and Report on Religious Arbitration. Debating Shariah: Islam, Gender Politics and Family Law Arbitration Jennifer Selby and Anna Korteweg, eds. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. (forthcoming)
—. 2010. Constructions of Islam in the Controversy of Religious Arbitration: A Consideration of the ‘Shari’a Debate’ in Ontario, Canada. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. 30(3): 343-356.
Alexandra Brown is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at McMaster University, Canada. Combining a background in the anthropology of religion with her current focus in visual and material anthropology, Alexandra’s work interrogates the material products of debates over Islam and secularism in the west. Her dissertation explores these themes through an analysis of the Dutch anti-Islam movie Fitna. In addition to an ongoing interest in issues of theory and method, her research and teaching areas include contemporary Islam; secularism and the secular; visual and material culture; multiculturalism and pluralism in the so-called west; Islamophobia and social fear; and anthropological approaches to ‘image’ and ‘object’. Alexandra conducts fieldwork in the Netherlands, where she participates as guest researcher at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis.
Alexandra Brown CV
News for France and Canada, research, and some articles
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, NL A1C 5S7 Canada
Current – Assistant Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Former – Postdoctoral Fellow, Islam in the West Program, Harvard University
Areas of Expertise:
- Islam in the West (France, Canada)
- Method and Theory, Secularization Theory
- Islam, Interpretations of Sharia
- Women and Islam, Gender Studies
Questioning French Secularism: Gender Politics and Muslim Women in a Parisian Banlieue. February 2012. Contemporary Anthropology of Religion Series. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Debating Sharia: Islam, Gender Politics and Family Law Arbitration. Spring 2012. Co-edited with Anna Korteweg. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
“French Secularism as a Guarantor of Women’s Rights? Islam and Gender Politics in a Parisian Banlieue.” 2011. Culture and Religion 12:4 (December): 1-22.
“Islam in France Reconfigured: Republican Islam in the 2010 Gerin Report.” 2011. The Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs 31:3 (September): 383-398.
Jennifer Selby currently teaches in the Department of Religious Studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.