Please tell us about your research project.
My project focuses on initiatives designed by Muslim communities to promote equality between men and women and acceptation of sexual and gender diversity within an islamic framework. I try to understand these initiatives in their plurality, through ethnographic fieldwork. Sociologically, it is a particularly efficient way to capture the vast diversity of Muslim communities and sexual minorities, which are too often perceived in the West as two separate and homogenous populations. My project is informed by Islamic feminism and post-colonial studies.
Could you please tell us a bit more about your scholarship/exchange programme?
My residency is part of the EHESS/MFO exchange programme. The MFO is an intellectually stimulating place which does a lot for the local community, we always meet and connect with new people. It is also an amazing opportunity to connect with researchers in Oxford and learn more about how ethnography is being practised and thought about in the British context.
First impressions of Oxford/the University?
The proximity with nature in Oxfordshire contributes a great deal to the quality of life we enjoy here. That being said, I am still hoping for a more democratic and accessible educative system globally.