In 2010 I received my BA in liberal arts and sciences, focusing on international relations, from University College Maastricht (The Netherlands). I went on to study Arabic in Syria and Palestine for one year and returned to Maastricht as a teaching assistant. In 2012 and 2013 I continued my studies towards an MPhil in Social Anthropology at Cambridge University with the intention of better understanding the social fabric of society and its dynamics. In spite of being at the department of social anthropology at the time, for my MPhil thesis I collaborated with Prof. Suleiman and the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies that had just launched a project on female conversion to Islam - the topic of my dissertation.
Subject groups/Research projects
In 2014 I started my PhD at the faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and continue to pursue my interest in conversion to Islam. Despite being technically part of Middle Eastern Studies, my research interest is very much focused on the UK. Continuing to work with the anthropological method, in my research I explore conversion to Islam through the eyes of both converts and their families. While conversion is a theme in itself, it also serves as a lens to take a closer look at the concepts of secularism, modernity, freedom, ideology and family relations in a British context.