Researcher on contemporary Egypt w/focus on the role of official islam and al-Azhar

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I'm 26 years old and currently in the fourth and last semester of my Master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic with a sociology oriented profile at the University of Copenhagen. I'm currently working on my Master's thesis on the role of islam in contemporary Egypt with Professor Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen as my supervisor. The primary focus is the most important islamic university in the Arab world al-Azhar and its role as a religious and political power.

During the first semester I did an internship in ”Foreign Policy” at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), where I engaged in projects concerning the Middle East and North Africa. I have finished my Bachelor's degree at the University of Copenhagen in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic with elective courses in religious studies, minority studies and International Business and Politics at Copenhagen Business School with a Bachelor's thesis on islamic radicalization and the Danish foreign fighters in Syria.

My big passion, society, religion and politics of Egypt, originates in my Egyptian roots. However, I'm very interested in modern Islamic thought and the relationship between religion and politics in the modern Middle East – especially official Islamic institutions, Islamism and Christian minorities. I'm also passionate about keeping the humanities alive in Denmark.

I'm board member in the
NASIM association (Network of Academics, Students and People Interested in the Middle East). My focus on islamic radicalization and jihadism/militant islamism, through my studies and research, comes to benefit in my function as research assistant at the Department of Psychology at Uppsala University. Furthermore, I work as an instructor for students of Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies at the University of Copenhagen.



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