Members

Dr. Ramzi Ben Amara

Since January 2016, Ramzi Ben Amara is the “Maghreb in Transition” project coordinator at the Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines, Sousse. Furthermore, he is teaching at the Centre of Anthropology of the same institution. His MA Dissertation focused on the development of Sharia-law in Nigeria before, during, and after the colonial time. In August 2011, Ramzi Ben Amara completed a PhD project on the Izala Reform movement in Nigeria at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. The title of his dissertation is “The Izala movement in Nigeria: Its split, relationship to Sufis and perception of Sharia Re-Implementation”. Additionally, he was part of a project on “religious engagement” at the University of Cape Town, South Africa between September 2011 and October 2012, where he worked on Muslim activists in Nigeria. In 2013, Ramzi Ben Amara joined the German-Tunisian research group “The Maghreb in Transition” and started working on religious and political discourse in post-revolution Tunisia. His research interests include Islam in Africa, Sufism, Reform movements, Religious Activism and Islamic law.

Dr. Moulay Driss El Maarouf

El Maarouf Moulay Driss, born 1981, received a scholarship from the DAAD in 2010, to complete his PhD on the local and global dynamics of Moroccan music festivals at the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies. His research interests span several topics within Cultural Studies, including North African cinema, gender construction in the media, urban space and social movements, music and sub-culture, dirt and waste in popular culture. Immediately after his defense, he embarked on a research project, funded as it were by the Volkswagen Stiftung, that seeks to explore the hermeneutics of play in Moroccan childhood games. Currently he is an active member and coordinator of the DAAD program: “The Maghreb in Transition: Media, Knowledge and Power”. El Maarouf also writes fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry. He is editor and co-founder of Moorings, a cultural Maghrebi revue in English

Dr. des. Amir Hamid

Amir Hamid studied Anthropology, Arabic Language and Literature and Information & Communication Technology in Zurich (Switzerland) and Khartoum (Sudan). During his studies, he conducted extensive field research in North Africa and the Middle East. In 2017 he completed his dissertation on “Mediating Desire. Yūsuf al-Qaraḍāwī and the Circulation of Norms on Gender & Sexuality in the Transnational Muslim Public” at URPP Asia and Europe of the University of Zurich. Being a research fellow at the Institute of Near and Middle Eastern Studies at LMU Munich, he coordinates the German-Moroccon-Tunsian research partnership “The Maghreb in Transition”. His research interests include religion and media, the public sphere, Islamic Law and legal pluralism, the Anthropology of knowledge and science, gender, power and subjectivity.

Yosr Belkhiria

Yosr Belkhiria is a postgraduate at the institute of press and information science. Through her studies (master of media research and communication sciences in France and information sciences in Tunisia) her knowledge is multidisciplinary and diverse in the field of communication.
Her current work focuses on the medial treatment of events related to terrorism in TV and on journalism education in Tunisia after the revolution of 14 January 2011.

Dr. Salim Hmimnat

Salim Hmimnat, PhD in Political Science, is a Research Fellow at the Institute of African Studies (IEA), University Mohammed V in Rabat, Morocco. His current research focuses on two main interrelated areas: The first one covers the interaction between Islamist movements, political regime and modernization process in contemporary Morocco. In addition to many papers and chapters which already have been produced on the matter, a book will be published soon titled “The Religious Policy in Morocco (1984-2002) [in Arabic]. Casablanca: Afrique Orient, 2016. The second area has to do with the dynamics of Jihadist groups and Counter-Radicalization strategies in North Africa and the Sahel. He is presently working on a research project that deals with the policy-making process and mechanisms of the implementation of Morocco’s Trans-national Religious Policy.

Dr. Idriss Jebari

Idriss Jebari is a Moroccan postdoctoral fellow with the Arab Council for Social Sciences in Beirut. After completing his doctorate on the history of the production of critical thought in Morocco and Tunisia at the University of Oxford, he is now studying the dynamics of intellectual and cultural exchanges between the Maghrib and the Mashriq in contemporary Arab thought. He has published on the intellectual projects of several North African intellectual figures and on the engagements of intellectuals in public affairs from a theoretical and practical point of view.

Abdelmjid Kettioui

I am a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at the Moroccan Cultural Studies Centre at Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University in Fez. The narrative of my dissertation centers on geopolitics, faith and sexuality in English Barbary captivity narratives. Besides, I am interested in researching the politics and poetics of socio-political change after the MENA uprisings of 2011. I have given papers at a number of international conferences in Morocco, Germany and Austria. A paper on Thomas Pellow’s captivity narrative (1739) appeared as a book chapter in Romanian-Moroccan Forms of Manifestation in the European Space (2014). Other papers from my dissertation are under review. I have taught English to secondary and tertiary students for 12 years now.

Isabel Schatzschneider

Isabel Schatzschneider is a researcher and an activist in food ethics, environmental ethics and Islamic ethics. She has achieved BA in Philosophy (London Metropolitan University), MA in Islamic Cultures and Societies (SOAS, London) and MA in Islamic and Arabic Studies (Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich). In 2011 Schatzschneider had joined CILE (Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics) in Qatar. She had written a number of articles covering areas such as Islamic law and ethics, food and environmental ethics, animal welfare and global halal food market. Later in 2013 she had joined a well known NGO Schweisfurth Foundation in Munich. Schweisfurth Foundation is actively engaged in sustainability, food security and animal welfare. Here she had significantly contributed with her research on the German Halal market. In 2015 Isabel Schatzschneider started to work as a researcher on an Online Archive for Arabic Talkshows at Ludwig-Maximilians-University.

Abderrahmen Yaalaoui

Abderrahmen Yaalaoui is a PhD student at the Faculty of Legal, Political and Social Sciences at the University of Carthage. His current work focuses on “The constitutional judge and the public opinion.” He is a board member of the Tunisian Association of Political Studies and a teacher at the University of Carthage. Since 2016, Yaalaoui is a member of “The Maghreb in Transition”. He has some publications in the field of political science and public law.

Imen Yacoubi

Imen Yacoubi is a Tunisian researcher, translator, and associate professor of English Studies at the University of Jendouba, Tunisia. Imen had been a member in a number of projects across the Arab region, like The Trans-Maghreb Creative Writing Project, the Young Arab Analysts Network International. She became a fellow at Syracuse University in 2011 and 2013, and she had managed and participated in several projects with civil society in Tunisia related to women’s rights and civic education ever since.
Her research interest revolve around around gender, arts, and culture.