Directory of Scholars

The Directory of scholars provides a profile for dozens of scholars in the network, including their areas of interest, associated sites, and links to their publications and fieldwork materials.


Albera, Dionigi

Anthropologist, Research Director CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) – Institute of Mediterranean European and Comparative Ethnology (IDEMEC), Aix-Marseille University
Areas of Interest: Shared sacred sites in the Mediterranean
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Algeria (Notre Dame de Santa Cruz, Oran; Notre Dame d’Alger, Algiers); Tunisia (La Goulette, Djerba); France (Notre Dame de Santa Cruz, Nîmes); Italy (Lampedusa); Turkey (arkeyüyükada; Saint Antony Church, Istanbul)
Contact: albera@mmsh.univ-aix.fr     Website: link


Aubin-Boltanski, Emma

Research fellow, Chargée de recherches -CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research)
Areas of Interest: Pilgrimage; interreligious relations; the Virgin; mysticism
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Lebanon (Bechouate); Egypt (Zaytoun); Syria (Soufanieh)
Contact: aubin@ehess.fr          Website: link


Barkey, Karen

Haas Distinguished Chair of Religious Diversity and Professor of Sociology – University of California, Berkeley
Areas of Interest: Comparative Historical Sociology, Political Sociology, Historical Methods
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Istanbul (Vefa, Saint Antony Church, Aya Yorgi, Büyükada)    Archive: link
Contact: barkey@berkeley.edu          Website: link


Bellamy, Carla

Associate Professor of South Asian Religion – Baruch College, City University of New York
Areas of Interest: popular Hinduism and Islam in contemporary India; conversion and issues of religious identity; communalism; religious healing; caste practices in non-Hindu communities
Fieldwork: Central India (Husain Tekri; Jaora); Delhi (Shani temples); Mumbai (domestic imambaras); Udaipur (healing shrines)
Contact: Carla.Bellamy@baruch.cuny.edu          Website: link


Bielenin-Lenczowska, Karolina

Dr, Assistant Professor – Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw / Department of Anthropology, Federal University of Santa Catarina
Areas of Interest: anthropology of migration, neighbourly relations of Muslims and Christians in the Balkans, Islam in Europe; Polish Diaspora in Brazil; cultural heritage (food and language practices)
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Macedonia (Western part, inhabited by Muslims and Christians; 2006-2015), Brazil (villages in Parana state; 2015-16)
Contact: k.bielenin@uw.edu.pl Website: link


Bigelow, Anna

Associate Professor – North Carolina State University
Areas of Interest: Sacred sites shared between Muslims and non-Muslims in India and Turkey, especially Punjab, Bangalore, Istanbul, and Selcuk
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Istanbul (Vefa), Istanbul (Ayasofya/Hagia Sophia), Selcuk (Meryemana Evi), Punjab (Malerkotla), Bangalore (Dargah Hazrat Tawakkul Mastan), Chikmaglur (Baba Budhan Shah/Swami Dattatreya Peeta)
Contact: anna_bigelow@ncsu.edu Website: link


Boivin, Michel

Director of Research in Historical Anthropology – Centre for South Asian Studies – CNRS-EHESS
Areas of Interest: Sufism, Hinduism, South Asia, Sindhiyyat, Colonial and Postcolonial periods, Elite, knowledge
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Sindhicate area: Pakistan (Karachi, Hyderabad, Sehwan Sharif, Thatta), India (Bombay, Ulhasnagar, Baroda, Bhuj), London
Contact: mboivin@ehess.fr Website: link


Bowman, Glenn

Professor of Socio-historical Anthropology – University of Kent
Areas of Interest:  Ethnic, national and religious identity politics, intercommunal relations, shrines and pilgrimage; Israel/Palestine (more)
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Israel and the Occupied Territories: Jerusalem (Anastasis, Tomb of the Virgin), Bethlehem (Rachel’s Tomb, Mar Elyas, Church of the Nativity), Beit Sahour (Bir es-Sayeedah), Khadr (Monastery of St George). Macedonia (FYROM): Kicevo (Sveti Bogoroditsa Prechsta), Makedonski Brod (Sveti Nikola), Stip (Husamedin Pasha Mosque)
Contact: glb@kent.ac.uk Website: link-1 or link-2


Bryant, Rebecca

Associate Professorial Research Fellow – European Institute, London School of Economics
Areas of Interest: conflict and cultural heritage, coexistence, post-Ottomanism
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Cyprus, Turkey
Contact: r.e.bryant@lse.ac.uk Website: link


Cohen, Raymond

Professor Emeritus – Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Areas of Interest: Vatican-Israel relationship, Christian Holy Places in Israel
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Contact: raymond.cohen@mail.huji.ac.il


Couroucli, Maria

Anthropologist, Research Director CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) – Institut Interdisciplinaire d’Anthropologie du Contemporain (IIAC), Paris
Areas of Interest: Post-Ottoman world; Ritual and Religious Calendar; Greece; Turkey; shared sanctuaries of St George; Mediterranean shared shrines
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Istanbul (St George, Büyükada); Lesbos
Contact: maria.couroucli@cnrs.fr Website: link


Darieva, Tsypylma

Dr. – Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany
Areas of Interest: anthropology of transnational networks, urban sacred spaces, post-socialism, migration
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Yerevan (Blue Mosque), Baku (Mir Movsum Agha tomb, Russian Orthodox Church, Besh Barmak pir, Ali Ayagi pir in Azerbaijan)
Contact: tsypylma25@gmail.com Website: link


Diktaş, Mustafa

Doctorant – École des hautes études en sciences sociales
Areas of Interest: Anthropology of religion, Pilgrimage, shared sacred sites
Fieldwork: İstanbul( Büyükada/ Aya Yorgi)
Contact: mushtik@hotmail.com or mustafa.diks@outlook.com Website: link


Eade, John

Professor – University of Roehampton, UK
Areas of Interest: global migration and pilgrimage across Europe
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Lourdes, France
Contact: J.Eade@roehampton.ac.uk


Farra-Haddad, Nour

PHD Religious Anthropologist – Centre d’Etude et d’interpretation du Fait Religieux (CEDIFR) – FSR -Saint Joseph Univeristy
Areas of Interest: Pilgrimages, rituals, saints, religious tourism, Islam, Christianity, Lebanon, Holy land
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Beirut, North Lebanon, South Lebanon, Bekaa Valley, Mount Lebanon
Contact: nour@neoslb.com Website: link


Fliche, Benoît

Anthropologist, CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) – Institute of Mediterranean European and Comparative Ethnology (IDEMEC), Aix-Marseille University
Areas of Interest: Turkey, France
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Istanbul (Büyükada, Saint Antoine, Eyüp); Ankara; Yozgat Contact: benoit.fliche@cnrs.fr


Fowden, Elizabeth Key

University of Cambridge, Institute of Ismaili Studies
Areas of Interest: Re-use and re-imagining of sites in Greater Syria / as-Sham (especially late antique and early Islamic), Greece (especially Ottoman)
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Rusafa, Syria; Athens, Greece
Contact: ekf31@cam.ac.uk Website: link


Grant, Bruce

Professor of Anthropology – New York University
Areas of Interest: Historical anthropology, Islam
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Former Soviet Union, Caucasus, Azerbaijan
Contact: bruce.grant@nyu.edu Website: link


Guidetti, Mattia

Doctor – University of Vienna
Areas of Interest: Islamic holy places / historiography / art and architecture
Fieldwork: Syria
Contact: mattia.guidetti@univie.ac.at          Website: link


Harmansah, Rabia

Areas of Interest: Cultural Anthropology, Memory Studies, Anthropology of Religion, Material Culture
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Southern and Northern Cyprus (various sites), Turkey (Haci Bektas Veli Museum and Konya Mevlana Museum)
Contact: rah48@pitt.edu Website: link


Hassner, Ron E.

Associate Professor – U.C. Berkeley
Areas of Interest: religion and conflict, religious practice, religion in the military
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Jerusalem, California
Contact: hassner@berkeley.edu Website: link


Hayden, Robert M.

Professor of Anthropology, Law and Public & International Affairs – University of Pittsburgh
Areas of Interest: Anthropology of politics and law; competitive sharing of religious sites; comparative research; the Balkans; India
Publications: link
Fieldwork: India (Madhi and other sites associated with Kanifnath/ Shah Ramzan)
Contact: rhayden@pitt.edu Website: link


Henig, David

Lecturer in Social Anthropology – University of Kent
Areas of Interest: Pilgrimage (esp. ziyaret), transregional dervish networks, genealogical imagination, mediation and materiality, ritual and temporality (esp. calendars), historical consciousness, religious nationalism and political cosmologies, everyday diplomacy in ‘mixed spaces’, local cosmopolitanism; Religious charity – ‘shared’ soup kitchens; Post-Ottoman world; post-Yugoslav spaces; Caucasus
Fieldwork: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Dagestan; Sacred spaces: Pilgrimage sites in Bosnia-Herzegovina (especially Muslim sites) – Ajvatovica, Blagaj tekija, Karići, and localised annual ‘dove’ in Central Bosnia; Rifa’i lodges in post-Yugoslav spaces
Contact: d.henig@kent.ac.uk Website: link


Jaffrelot, Christophe

Research Director CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) – Centre de recherches internationales (CERI-Sciences Po/CNRS), Paris, and Kings India Institute (London)
Areas of Interest: India, Pakistan, Sufism, Dargah, Shia-Sunni relations
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Ahmedabad (Shah Alam and Sarkhej Roza), Ajmer (Dargah Sharif and Tara Garh), Delhi (Nizamuddin)
Contact: jaffrelot@orange.fr


Jiga Iliescu, Laura

Senior researcher in folklore and ethnology – The “C. Brailoiu” Institute of Ethnography and Folklore, Bucharest, Romanian Academy of Sciences
Areas of Interest: vernacular religiosity in Orthodox Christian millieus (rituals, narratives, images); charms; shared sites and shared agents of sacredness; mountainous ethnology; orality and literacy
Fieldwork: Romania: monasteries with miraculous icons; Dervent Monastery (miraculous water and stone crosses); Babadag (grave of Koyun Baba);
Contact: balaurax2@yahoo.com or atelier.carpati@gmail.com Website: link


Kaliszewska, Iwona

University of Warsaw, Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology
Areas of Interest: Anthropology of Politics, Anthropology of Islam, Area studies in the Caucasus
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Dagestan, Chechnya, Ukraine, Georgia (Pankisi)
Contact: iwona.kaliszewska@gmail.com Website: link


Kedar, Benjamin Z.

Professor of History – The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Areas of Interest: Comparative and world history; Crusades; The use of series of aerial photographs as a historical sources
Publications: link
Contact: bzkedar@mail.huji.ac.il


Khamaisi, Rassem

Professor – University of Haifa
Areas of Interest: Urban and regional planning, Human Geography
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Istanbul
Contact: Khamaisir@gmail.com


Klein, Menachem

Professor – Bar Ilan University, Israel
Areas of Interest: Palestine, Israel Muslim and Jewish holy sites
Fieldwork: Jerusalem [Temple Mt. Wailing Wall, Nabi Samuel], Hebron [Cave of Patriach] Nebi Rubin
Contact: kleinm11@gmail.com


Koneska, Elizabeta

N.I. Museum of Macedonia
Areas of Interest: Slavic Orthodox community in Istanbul, Turkish and other Muslims ethnic and religious communities (Yuruks, Bektashi, Rufai, Torbeshi); Shared Shrines; Traditional food; Coppersmith and Tinsmith crafts
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Different towns and religious places, Stip – Husametin Mosque, Tetovo, Arabati Baba Tekke Kicevo, churches and tekkes, Bitola, krkkardas.
Contact: elizabeta.koneska@yahoo.de


Kreinath, Jens

Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology – Wichita State University
Areas of Interest: Eastern Mediterranean and the Northern Levant (Turkey, Syria, Iraq); Religious Minorities (Orthodox Christians, Arab Alawites); Interrituality, Semiotics, Aesthetics, Material Religion, Anthropology of the Body
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Antioch/Antakya (St. Pierre Church); Antioch/Antakya (Habib-i Neccar Mosque); Harbiye (Sheik Yusuf el-Hekim); Iskenderun (St. George Church); Samandağ (Hz. Hızır Rock)
Contact: Jens.Kreinath@wichita.edu Website: link


Kreinath, Jens

Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology – Wichita State University
Areas of Interest: Eastern Mediterranean and the Northern Levant (Turkey, Syria, Iraq); Religious Minorities (Orthodox Christians, Arab Alawites); Interrituality, Semiotics, Aesthetics, Material Religion, Anthropology of the Body
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Antioch/Antakya (St. Pierre Church); Antioch/Antakya (Habib-i Neccar Mosque); Harbiye (Sheik Yusuf el-Hekim); Iskenderun (St. George Church); Samandağ (Hz. Hızır Rock)
Contact: Jens.Kreinath@wichita.edu Website: link


Kuehn, Sara

Doctor – Department of Religious Studies, University of Vienna
Areas of Interest: Central and Southeastern Europe (especially the tombs/maqāms of Ṣarī Ṣaltūq)
Fieldwork: Central and Southeastern Europe (especially Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Novi Pazar Sandžak in Serbia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, the Dobruja in Romania and the Crimea, Ukraine) with particular focus on the Naqshbandiyya, Qādiriyya, Rifā‘iyya, Khalwatiyya, Mawlawiyya, Malāmiyya, Sa‘diyya and Bektāshiyya brotherhoods
Contact: sara@sarakuehn.com or sara.kuehn@univie.ac.at 


Lubanska, Magdalena

Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Warsaw
Areas of Interest: Muslims and Christians in the Bulgarian Rhodopes. Studies on Religious (Anti)Syncretism – Shared Shrines, Religious (Anti)syncretism, Pilgrimage, Strategies of Coexistence, Religious and National Identity and Ideologies, Religious Narratives, Apocrypha, (Post)Memory, Healing Practices, Material Religion, Ottoman Empire, Komsholuk, Muslim-Christian Relations in Bulgaria, Bulgarian Speaking Muslims (Pomaks), Phenomenology, Hermeneutics
Publications: link
Fieldwork:  Hadzhidimovo (The Monastery of St George), Krastova Gora, Obrochishte (Tomb of Akyazili Baba/Monastery of St Athanasius)
Contact: magdalena.lubanska@gmail.com  Website: link


Luz, Nimrod

Associate Professor – Western Galilee College
Areas of Interest: geography of religion, anthropology of sacred sites,  cultural geography, Israel/Palestine, sacred sites in contested regions, charismatic places
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Jerusalem (Haram al-Sharif, Old City, Rachel’s Tomb), Tel Aviv-Jaffa (Hassan Bey Mosque), Tiberias (Rachel’s Tomb), Bethlehem (Our Lady of the Wall), Ibbelin (shrine of Mariam Bawardy), Acre (Lababidi Mosque, Yashrutiyya Lodge), Kaukab abu al-Hijja (Maqam Abu al-Hijja).
Contact: nimrodl@wgalil.ac.il Website: link


Mayeur-Jaouen, Catherine

Professor of Modern History – Institut national des Langues et Civilisations orientales (INALCO), Paris
Areas of Interest: Egypt, Copts and Muslims, mawlids, History and Anthropology
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Cairo (Zeitun, Mataria); Northern Egypt (Tantâ); Upper Egypt (Assiut, Dronka)
Contact: mayeur-jaouen@wanadoo.fr Website: link


Meri, Josef

Professor – Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations, Merrimack College
Areas of Interest: History of shrines in Syria, Palestine, Iraq, and Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Iraq and Egypt, Medieval Syria, Jewish shrines in Egypt, Jewish shrines in Iraq, Jewish shrines in Palestine, shared Muslim and Christian shrines in Syria and Palestine, Ritual behaviour, history of sacred places, Mamilla Cemetery, Jerusalem
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Damascus, Jerusalem, Sitt Zaynab (Damascus), Sitt Ruqayya (Damascus), Dome of the Rock & Al-Aqsa Mosque (Jerusalem), John the Baptist (Damascus), Sitt Ruqayya (Damascus), Maqam Al-Arba’in (Damascus), Maqam Ibrahim (Damascus), Maqam Muhyi al-Din ibn Arabi (Damascus), Bab al-Saghir Cemetery (Damascus), Bab Tuma (Damascus), Maimonides Synagogue (Cairo), Shrine of Martyrs (Damascus)
Contact: jwmeri@gmail.com Website: link


Mühlfried, Florian

Dr. – Caucasus Studies Program, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany
Areas of Interest: sharing and not sharing the sacra
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Caucasus, particularly Georgia
Contact: ethno.kaukasus@gmail.com Website: link


Neveu, Norig

Research Fellow – Institut français du Proche-Orient (IFPO), Amman
Areas of Interest: Historical and anthropological methods, sacred topography, pilgrimage, heritage, Holy Land, Jordan, Palestine
Fieldwork: Jordan: Karak (al-Khidr), ‘Ajlûn (Mar Ilyas), Amman (Seven Sleepers)
Contact: n.neveu@ifporient.org or norigneveu@hotmail.fr Website: link


Pénicaud, Manoël

Anthropologist, CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) – Institute of Mediterranean European and Comparative Ethnology (IDEMEC), Aix-Marseille University
Areas of Interest: Pilgrimages Studies; Interreligious Studies; Mediterranean; Europe; Visual Anthropology (filming and photography); Museography
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Ephesus (Seven Sleepers, House of Mary); Jerusalem (Tomb of Mary, Holy Sepulchre); Palestine (Abraham Path); Sept-Saints, Vieux-Marché, Brittany (pilgrimage of the Seven Sleepers); Essaouira (pilgrimage of the Regragas) 
Archive:
link
Contact: manoelpenicaud@gmail.com Website: link


Poujeau, Anna

Anthropologist, CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) – Centre d’études en sciences sociales du religieux (CéSOR-EHESS), Paris
Areas of Interest: Near-East, Syria and Lebanon. Christian minorities, Interconfessionnal relations, monasticism, funeral rituals, poetics. Religious and Political Anthropology
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Syria: Damascus (Bab Tûmâ); monasteries in Qalamoun and in Wadi al-nassara; Hawrân and Jabal al-Arab
Contact: anna_poujeau@hotmail.com or anna.poujeau@ehess.fr
Website: link and link


Piraino, Francesco

Visiting researcher at the Centre Jacques Berque (CNRS Rabat – Morocco)
Areas of Interest: My interests are popular religion, spirituality and mysticism. In particular I am focused on Sufism and Catholicism. The methodological approach is mainly ethnographic, supported by in depth interviews.
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Palermo (Santa Rosalia), Avellino (Mamma Schiavona), Cyprus (Saint Barnabas), Assisi (Saint Francesco)
Contact: francesco.piraino@sns.it Website: link


Rapper, Gilles de

Anthropologist, CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) – Institute of Mediterranean European and Comparative Ethnology (IDEMEC), Aix-Marseille University
Areas of Interest: Albania, Communism and Post-Communism, Visual Anthropology
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Albania: Devoll (1995-2010), Gjirokastër (2001-2015), Tirana (2008-2015), Elbasan (2009-2014)
Contact: gilles.derapper@cnrs.fr Website: link


Reiter, Yitzhak

Professor – Ashkelon Academic College anf JIIS
Areas of Interest: Methods of conflict resolution at shared holy sites
Publications: link
Fieldwork: see 14 case studies in my forthcoming book about Conflict resolution in shared holy places in Palestine and Israel
Contact: Yitzhak.reiter@mail.huji.ac.il Website: link


Rohan, Bastin

Associate Professor of Anthropology – Deakin University
Areas of Interest: Anthropology of Ritual & Religious Aesthetics, Secularism, Ethnicity, Civil War, Development
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Sri Lanka (Chilaw 1985-6; Kalutara 1994-5; Colombo 1998-2000, 2015-6; Kataragama 2008); India (Kerala 2000, 2008)
Contact: rohan.bastin@deakin.edu.au Website: link


Stadler, Nurit

Associate Professor – The Hebrew University
Areas of Interest: Anthropology of religion, sociology of religion, sacred places, religion and (post)modernity, comparative religion, sacred female shrines, veneration of female saints, rituals
Fieldwork: the ultra Orthodox community in Jerusalem, the veneration of the tomb of Mary in Jerusalem, The veneration and rituals at the tomb of Rachel Bethlehem, the shrine of Mariam Bowardi at Iblin, Our Lady on the wall in Bethlehem, The tomb of Rachel the wife of Rabbi Akiva Tiberias
Contact: nurit.stadler@mail.huji.ac.il Website: link


Stewart, Charles

Professor of Anthropology – University College London
Areas of Interest: Anthropology of Religion, Syncretism, Creolization, Anthropology of History
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Greece
Contact: c.stewart@ucl.ac.uk Website: link


Tsougarakis, Nickiphoros I.

Dr – Edge Hill University
Areas of Interest: Frankish and Venetian Greece, Greco-Latin relations in the crusader period, monasticism
Publications: link
Contact: tsougarn@edgehill.ac.uk


Tsourous, Georgios

Graduate Student – University of Kent
Areas of Interest: Intercommunal, interreligious relations, anthropology of religion, Christianity in the Middle East, Israel/Palestine
Publications: link
Fieldwork: Jerusalem (Church of the Holy Sepuclhre), Bethlehem (Al-Khader)
Contact: gt206@kent.ac.uk Website: link