Staff at the Centre for European Islamic Thought – University of Copenhagen

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Staff at the Centre for European Islamic Thought

 

Jørgen S. Nielsen, Ph.D., Professor and Chair
Jørgen S. Nielsen holds a personal chair financed by the Danish National Research Foundation, which is the core of the centre. His research is on Islam in Europe with a special focus on the political, social and institutional challenges Islam holds for the European communities.

E-mail: jsn@teol.ku.dk

Safet Bektovic, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Safet Bektovic holds a PhD from the Univerisity of Copenhagen on Søren Kierkegaard and sufism from 2000, and did his post.doc. on meetings between cultures and religions in Denmark in 2002. His research is primarily on islamic theology and philosophy, and Aktuel forskning: islamisk teologi og filosofi, and secondary on modern islamic thought in the Balkans.

E-mail: sbe@teol.ku.dk

 

 

 


 

 

Riem Spielhaus, Post-Doctoral Fellow
Riem Spielhaus is a Research Fellow at the Centre for European Islamic Thought. She holds a PhD from Humboldt-University Berlin on processes leading to the emergence of a Muslim community in Germany. Her research interests include Muslim minority studies with a focus on production and dissemination of Islamic knowledge, identity politics, religious practice, and the institutionalization of Muslims in Germany and Europe.

E-mail: rsp@teol.ku.dk


Nadia Jeldtoft, MA, PhD Fellow
Nadia Jeldtoft is Master of Arts in science of religion and minoritystudies. She is a PhD fellow with the post-graduate programme at the university and her project is on religious identity with muslims in different non-organised and organised groups in Europe.

E-mail: nad@teol.ku.dk 

Niels Valdemar Vinding, MA, PhD Fellow
Niels Valdemar Vinding is Master of Arts in Islamis Studies. He is a PhD fellow with the post-graduate programme at the university and his project is on organised islam and the relationship to the State in Britain, Germany and Scandinavia.

E-mail: nvv@teol.ku.dk

Lissi Rasmussen, Dr. Theol, Director Islamic-Christian Studycentre
Lissi Rasmussen is working on a project on the reasons for and challenges of the crime of young people from ethnic minorities including those charged under the anti-terror legislation. The research is done through interviews, group sessions and participation-observation in Danish prisons.

E-mail: lissi@teliamail.dk

Gina Smith, MA, Associated researcher
Gina Smith is master of arts in history and history of religion and is a former teacher from the upper secondary school. Her research is on the relationship between the senegalese in France and their religious leaders with primary focus on an annual pilgrimmage just outside Paris, and how the immigrants life and choise between secular or islamic education in France affect the families in Senegal.

E-mail: gis@teol.ku.dk

Birgitte Schepelern Johansen, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow 
Birgitte holds a PhD from Copenhagen University, department of religious studies. Her main interest is how the category of religion works in social praxis and how this category’s relationship between politic, religion and science. Within Her field she have work with a Danish imam education and Islamic Theology in a European context. 

e-mail: bsj@teol.ku.dk

Emil Bjørn Saggau, stud. theol.
Emil is the center’s secretary and responsible for much of the day to day practical work of the center.

e-mail: esa@teol.ku.dk
Tlf: +45 35 32 41 59