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My research focuses on the intersections between Islam, gender, and migration in two regional contexts:  Europe and the Middle East. I have a particular interest in transnational Muslim female resistance movements and have conducted extensive ethnographic research in Iran and the Arab Gulf states to examine the relationship between female agency expressed through the aesthetic performance of the political on the female body. I am also interested in transnational migration and received over £350.000 (over 4 mil. SEK) of research funding, including two major British Academy grants, to examine gendered power dynamics due to the conflict-induced displacement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees who have found refuge in Jordan, Germany and Great Britain. 

The aim of my research is to offer new understandings of Muslim female mobilization and political participation by examining the various strategies Muslim women employ to express resistance to existing orders of power.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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