I am a scholar of comparative and Middle Eastern law currently affiliated with the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany. My research spans across and simultaneously connects three core areas of investigation: (1) contemporary Middle Eastern and Islamic law, (2) private international law, and (3) law and/in popular culture. My research on contemporary Middle Eastern law employs comparative law methods and theories to study the complex interplay of different legal regimes, such as state, religious, and international law. My research on Islamic law and private international law in Europe revisits marriage and divorce laws in Muslim countries against the background of an ongoing debate on how foreign laws in general, and religious laws in particular, should be applied by European courts. My most recent research on law and popular culture in the Middle East revolves around Arabic-language cinematic and television formats. I study contemporary courtroom dramas to explore cultural representations of law and justice and how these impact the viewers’ perceptions of different legal systems.
With a scholarly focus on law and legal thought in Muslim societies, my research navigates across a wide disciplinary spectrum. I profit tremendously from exchanging ideas with colleagues from other disciplines, such as sociology, anthropology, political science, and history. Similarly, I find it of great importance to conduct research internationally and particularly in exchange with scholars in the region on which my own research focuses.
I am very enthusiastic about AGYA’s principle aim of bringing together scholars from Germany and the Arab world to collaborate in joint transdisciplinary research projects.
I believe that AGYA is an ideal setting in which to foster in-depth scholarly research as well as sustainable personal networks and transcultural discussions with lasting impact on society. As an AGYA member, I collaborate with fellow academics on projects involving law and cultural heritage, law and popular culture, and contemporary debates on legal methodology.
|Since 2019||Associate Editor, Arab Law Quarterly (Brill)|
|2019 - 2021||Acting Professor of Islamic Law, Institute of Oriental Studies, University of Leipzig, Germany|
|2016||Visiting Professor of Islamic Law, Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Münster, Germany|
|2015 - 2016||Member of the research initiative ‘The Gulf Family’, Center for International and Regional Studies, Georgetown University in Qatar|
|2014 - 2019||Senior Research Fellow Research Group: Changes in God's Law: An Inner Islamic Comparison of Family and Succession Laws, Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg, Germany|
|2014||Ph.D. in Law (University of Hamburg); recipient of the doctoral prize from the Faculty of Law at the University of Hamburg and the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society|
|2013 - 2014||Acting Junior Professor of Islamic Studies, Department of Middle East Studies, University of Hamburg, Germany|
|2010 - 2013||Research Associate, Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg, Germany|
|2010||M.A. in Middle East Studies and Law (University of Hamburg)|
- AGYA Publications
- Ten Years after the Arab Uprisings: Beyond Media and Liberation
- Beyond Mainstream Media and Communication Perspectives on the Arab Uprisings
- The MENA Region and COVID-19. Impact, Implications and Prospects
- Introduction: The MENA Region and COVID-19 – Concept and Content of this Book
- My Commitment to AGYA
- Former AGYA Co-President 2019 - 2020
- Former Member of the AGYA Steering Committee 2018 - 2020
- Selection Committee 'New AGYA Members' 2020
On a personal note
Must read in my discipline:
Modern Challenges to Islamic Law by Shaheen Sardar Ali
Favourite novel from my country:
Nathan the Wise by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
(almost 250 years old and still relevant)
Best scientist from my country:
Amalie Emmy Noether (1882-1935)