Seyfeddin Kara

 

Project Responsibilities:

UK news and research

Contact Information:

email: kara.seyfeddin@gmail.com 

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

Contact Information:

c.carvalho@uvt.nl

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

Background:
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.

Anika Haverig

Project Responsibilities:

UK and Germany news and research

Contact Information:

ah313@kent.ac.uk

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
 
email: o.scharbrodt@ucc.ie
 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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Simon Sorgenfrei

Simon SorgenfreiProject Responsibilities: Scandinavia news and research

Positions:PhD Student
Department of Literature, History of Ideas and Religious Studies
University of Gothenburg

Personal Website

Area of Expertise:
Islam, Islamic History
Islam
Islamic History
Islam and Muslims in the West
Islam and Muslims in Sweden
Islam and Muslims in Scandinavia
Islamic Literature
Islamic Popular Culture
Sufism
Sufi History
Sufism in the West

Select Publications:
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

Professional Bio:

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.

Alexandra Brown

Project Responsibilities:

Netherlands news and research

Contact Information:

brownae3@mcmaster.ca

Professional Positions:

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

Select Publications:

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.

Professional Bio:

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.

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Jennifer Selby

Jennifer Selby

Project Responsibilities:

News for France and Canada, research, and some articles

Contact Info:

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, NL   A1C 5S7  Canada
jselby@mun.ca
http://www.ucs.mun.ca/~jselby/

 

Professional Positions: 

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

Select Publications:

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.

Professional Bio:

Jennifer Selby currently teaches in the Department of Religious Studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.