Seminar Dynamiek van islamitische culturen

De afdeling Islam & Arabisch van de Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen houdt vrijdag 13 mei haar jaarlijkse studiedag. Op deze dag zullen diverse onderzoekers van de afdeling vertellen over hun onderzoek. Aan het einde van de dag zal Dr. Samuli Schielke, Research Fellow Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO)Berlijn, een lezing geven met als titel "Second thoughts about the anthropology of Islam, or how to m Continue Reading →

Diyanet in Turkey and the Netherlands – Transnational politics and politicization of research

The time that researchers could pretend to work in an academic bubble is definitively over, if it ever existed. Research plays a role in political processes and they are always part of specific power configuration. This is particularly clear in case of the research on Islam and Muslims in Europe. Doing research in the post 9/11 political climate about issues such as the place of Islam in European Continue Reading →

Closing the week 18 – Round up Osama Bin Laden

A weekly round up of writings on the Internet, some relevant for my research, some political, some funny but all of them interesting (Dutch/English). (As usual to a large extent based upon suggestions from Dutch, other European, American and Middle Eastern readers. Thank you all.) This week featuring Osama bin Laden. Continue Reading →

Doing Anthropology

Anthropologists have to analyze, reveal and understand people's view of reality and how their practices are related to that. But what does that actually mean? What is it that anthropologists do? What is their research about? In a video, three members of MIT’s Anthropology Department, Stefan Helmreich, Erica James, and Heather Paxson, talk about their current work and the process of doing fieldwo Continue Reading →

Three days of the West – What is Westernization?

Last week in the Netherlands we had, again, a debate on young asylum seekers. It was decided that a 14-year old Afghan girl could remain in the Netherlands although their asylum request had been rejected. One of the criteria that played a role in the recent decision to let them stay is that she is 'westernized' over the years. The criterium of 'Westernization' is not defined however. Service orien Continue Reading →