Rukayyah Reichling holds a BA degree in Modern Languages & Communication Studies from the ULB/VUB in Brussels. Afterwards, she earned two MA degrees, the first in Social & Cultural Anthropology and the second in Arabic & Islamic Studies, both from the KU Leuven. Furthermore, she followed a specialized teacher training in the field of history and spent several study periods at universities abroad. Rukayyah’s main research interest lies on European Islam. Within that field, she is interested in religious aesthetics, the impact of colonialism, networks, multiculturalism, pilgrimage and the study of sainthood.