Research assistant at Uppsala University, instructor & stud.mag. Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic at the University of Copenhagen

I am 25 years old and currently in the third semester of my Master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic with a sociology oriented profile at the University of Copenhagen. In that connection, 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 Northern 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, politics, society and modern history in Egypt, originates in my Egyptian roots. However, I do have a general interest in the relationship between state and individual in the modern Middle East – with an emphasis on religion (political islam and Christian minorities) and human rights.
At the moment, my main focus is islamic radicalization (primarily in Europe), militant islamism in Egypt and Libya, and sectarianism in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.

I am board member in the NASIM association (Network of Academics, Students and People Interested in the Middle East). My focus on islamic radicalization and 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 at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies at the University of Copenhagen.