Researcher on contemporary Egypt w/focus on the role of official Islam, religious scholars and al-Azhar

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I'm a 27 year old Danish-Egyptian researcher on contemporary Egypt with focus on the role of official Islam and the religious scholars (ʿulamāʾ) of al-Azhar in Cairo.

I have studied Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic at the University of Copenhagen, and graduated first of my class in late 2018. I received a distinction for my Master's Thesis entitled "
From Proponents of Modernity to Guardians of Religion – The Renewal Debate, 2017: al-Azhar and the Pressure to Reform Islam under Sisi" (supervised by Prof. Jakob Skovgaard-Petersen), in which I analyzed the seven key documents produced by al-Azhar (in Arabic) during the debate―documents that have never been analyzed academically before―with focus on the terms tajdīd (renewal) and turāth (intellectual Islamic tradition/heritage).

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,
ʿulamāʾ, anti-clericalism, the Cairene School of Islamic Studies, Islamic reformism (especially turāth and tajdīd), fatwas, secularism (especially in an Egyptian context), the Coptic Orthodox Church and interpretations and representations of the Middle East and Islam in the West. 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. I have previously worked as an instructor at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies at the University of Copenhagen and as an intern at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) in Copenhagen.



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