→ Recruited at:
Stichting VU (The Netherlands)
→ PHD enrolled at:
Stichting VU, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology (The Netherlands) / Provisional Title
→ Title Dissertation:
Digital Mourning: YouTube Majlis amongst Shi’a Muslims in Europe
→ Master Degree in:
Research in Anthropology at University of Exeter (United Kingdom) – 2017-2019
→ Supervisor: Prof. Thijl Sunier
He is professor of cultural anthropology, holds the chair of ‘Islam in European Societies’ (VU Amsterdam) and chairman of the board of the Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies (NISIS). He is co-supervisor of Zeynep Aydin (ESR 14) and coordinator of WP 8.
→ Co-Supervisor: Prof. Ahmet Alibasic
He is Deputy Dean for Academic affairs and Associate Professor in Islamic Civilisation Studies at the Faculty of Islamic Studies of the University of Sarajevo. He is supervisor of Robin Cognée (ESR7)
→ External Tutor: Dr Jens Heibach
He is a postdoctoral research fellow at the German Institute of Global and Areas Studies (GIGA) of Middle East Studies in Hamburg and a PhD graduate of Philipps-University of Marburg. He is the GIGA main contact person, and coordinator of WP 4.
This sub-project aims to map and analyse this rapidly changing landscape of Islamic knowledge production and to identify the various actors involved. It also aims to explore and analyse the audiences, consumers and followers of these new centers of religious learning. What do they expect and what do these new modes of knowledge production provide in terms of outlooks, perspectives and language?
Links to other projects
→ Digital media and social networks
Lena Richter (ESR 2), Rayane Al-Rammal (ESR 3),
Hayat Douhan (ESR 10), Zeynep Aydin (ESR 14),
Mounir Saifi (ESR 15)
→ Comparison with pre-modern patterns
Justin Mauro Benavidez (ESR 12)
→ German Institute of Global and Area Studies - Hamburg (November 2020)
“Analysis of qualitative data (text, written performance, self-expressions, narratives etc.)”
→ Center for Near- and Middle Eastern Studies-Marburg (April 2020)
→ Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - Institut d’études de l’Islam et des sociétés du monde musulman - Paris (February 2022)
Film: ESR 11 Aleeha Ali
Good Monday everybody! We are starting this week by presenting another entertaining video of our Early Stage Researchers. Aleeha Zahra´s work is about digitization and how religious experiences can unfold within it. She is asking i.e.: How can religious authority manifest on popular social media platforms like #YouTube?Aleeha Zahra´s work is about digitization and how religious experiences can unfold within it. She is asking i.e.: How can religious authority manifest on popular social media platforms like #YouTube? This film is a short introduction, scraping the surface of her #ethnographic research project.
Great job, Aleeha!
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