Current Ph.D. research supervised by Martin van Bruinessen

Completed PhD projects:

Annemeik Schlatmann, 'Shi`i Muslim youth in the Netherlands: Negotiating Shi`i fatwas and rituals in the Dutch context' (Universiteit Utrecht, 6 juni 2016. Co-promotor: Dr. Nico Landman)

Din Wahid, 'Nurturing the Salafi Manhaj: A Study of Salafi Pesantrens in Contemporary Indonesia'
(Universiteit Utrecht, 27 januari 2014)
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Zoltan Pall, 'Salafism in Lebanon and: local and transnational resources'
(Universiteit Utrecht, 14 januari 2014)
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Abdelghani El Khairat, 'Contesting Boundaries: Satire in Contemporary Morocco'  (Utrecht University, 22 November 2013; Co-supervisor: Dr. Nico Landman).
Summary online at:

Claudia Nef, 'Living for the Caliphate: Hizbut Tahrir Student Activism in Indonesia’
(University of Zürich, 12 September 2012); joint supervision with Prof. Dr. Shalini Randeria (University of Zürich) and Prof.Dr. Heinzpeter Znoj (University of Bern)

Hilman Latief, 'Islamic charities and social activism: welfare, dakwah and politics in Indonesia', Utrecht University, 30 August 2012.
Full text available at

Syuan-Yuan Chiou, "In Search of New Social and Spiritual Space: Heritage, Conversion, and Identity of Chinese-Indonesian Muslims"
Utrecht, 24 February 2012.
Abstract available at:

Alexandre Caeiro, "Fatwas for European Muslims: The Minority Fiqh Project and the Integration of Islam in Europe"
(Utrecht, 1 July 2011, cum laude)
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Seda Altuğ, "Sectarianism in the Syrian Jazira: Community, land and violence in the memories of World War I and the French mandate (1915- 1939)"
(Utrecht, 21 June 2011)
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Miriam Geerse, "The everyday violence of forced displacement. Community, memory and identity politics among displaced Kurds in Istanbul, Turkey"
(Utrecht, 7 January 2011; joint supervision with Prof. A.C.G.M. Robben, Anthropology, Utrecht University).
Available online at:

Eric Roose, "The architectural representation of Islam: Muslim-commissioned mosque design in the Netherlands"
(Leiden, 6 May 2009; joint supervision with Prof.Dr. Aart Mekking, University of Leiden).
Published in the ISIM dissertation series, Amsterdam University Press, 2009.
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Umut Azak, "Myths and memories of Turkish secularism (1923-1966)"
(Leiden, 22 November 2007; joint supervision with Prof. Erik-Jan Zürcher, Leiden)
Commercial edition: Islam and Secularism in Turkey: Kemalism, Religion and the Nation State, I.B.Tauris, London, 2009.

Egbert Harmsen,  "Islam, civil society and social work, muslim voluntary welfare associations in Jordan between patronage and empowerment"
(Utrecht, 13 June 2007)
Published in the ISIM Dissertation series at Amsterdam University Press, 2007.
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Mujiburrahman,  "Fealing Threatened: Muslim-Christian Relations in Indonesia's New Order"
(Utrecht, 15 September 2006; second supervisor: Prof. Dr. Karel Steenbrink, Theology, Universiteit Utrecht)
Published in the ISIM Dissertations series, Amsterdam University Press, 2006. 
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Joost Jongerden,  "Settlement wars: An historical analysis of displacement and return in the Kurdistan region of Turkey at the turn of the 21st century"
(Wageningen, 17 February 2006; joint supervision with: Prof. Paul Richards, Anthropology, Wageningen University)
Published as: The Settlement Issue in Turkey and the Kurds: An Analysis of Spatial Policies, Modernity and War. Leiden: Brill, 2007 (Social, Economic and Political Studies of the Middle East and Asia, 102). ISBN 978 9004155 57 2
Turkish translation: Türkiye'de İskan Sorunu ve Kürtler. Modernite, Savaş ve Mekan Politikaları üzerine bir Çözümleme. İstanbul: Vate Yayınları, 2008.

Noorhaidi,  "Laskar Jihad: Islam, militancy, and the quest for identity in post-New Order Indonesia"
(Utrecht, 14 June 2005, cum laude)
full text available online at:
Published as: Laskar Jihad: Islam, militancy, and the quest for identity in post New order Indonesia. Ithaca NY: Cornell Modern Indonesia Project, 2006.  
Indonesian translation: Laskar Jihad: Islam, Militansi, dan Pencarian Identitas di Indonesia Pasca-Orde Baru, Jakarta: LP3ES, 2008.

Mustafa Aslan,  "Pouvoir de guérir, pouvoir social et prestige religieux: autour du cheikh kurde"
(Aix-en-Provence, March 1998; first supervisor: Prof. Jean Benoist, Université d'Aix-Marseille-III)



External examiner of the following dissertations:

Omar Adam Sayfo, ‘Arab animated cartoons. Mediating and negotiating notions of identities’, Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University, 10 June 2016.

Noorah Al-Gailani, ‘The changing identities of Iraqi Sufism with special focus on the Qadiriyya in Baghdad and `Aqra’, University of Glasgow, January 19, 2016.

Jochen Willem Peter van den Boogert, ‘Rethinking Javanese Islam. Towards new descriptions of Javanese traditions.’ Universiteit Leiden, 19 November, 2015.

Pieter Coppens, ‘Seeing God in This World and the Otherworld: Crossing boundaries in Sufi commentaries on the Qur’an.’ Universiteit Utrecht, September 11, 2015.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, ‘Marginal hegemons: The Baluch, Sunnism and the State in Iran, from Riza Shah to Khaminayi (1928-2013)’, habilitation, Paris, EHESS, 15 June 2015.

Nandagopal Radhakrishna Menon, ‘Mediated Da`wa: Ethics, Nationalism and the Everyday in South Indian Islam’, Utrecht University, 10 June 2015.

Wendelmoet Hamelink, ‘The Sung Home: Narrative, Morality, and the Kurdish Nation’, Leiden University, 9 October 2014.

Anne-Françoise Collignon, ‘La parole et la dissidence: engagements féminins au sein du Hizbut Tahrir en Indonésie’, EHESS, Paris, 12 May 2014.

Carmen Becker, ‘Learning to be authentic: Religious practices of German and Dutch Muslims following the Salafiyya in forums and chat rooms’, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, 9 september 2013.

Ineke Roex, ‘Leven als de profeet in Nederland, over de salafi-beweging en democratie’, Universiteit van Amsterdam, 25 april 2013.

Engin Sustam, 'La culture subalterne kurde et l'art contemporain en Turquie: Déviation, interpénétration et déterritorialisation', École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, 23 mars 2012.

Rojda Alaç, ‘Stratégies de vie et recréation de “foyer”: le cas de la population kurde déplacée dans les espaces urbains de sa propre region en Turquie (1987-2010)’, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, 1 février 2012.

Besim Can Zirh, ‘Becoming visible through migration: understanding the relationships between the Alevi revival, migration and funerary practices through Europe and Turkey’, University College, London, 5-12-2011.

Fredrik Yosep Apeles Doeka, ‘The enduring mission of Moses: Indonesian Muslim and Christian representations of a Jewish prophet’, Utrecht University, 20 September 2011.

Ayşe Seda Müftügil, ‘Compulsory religion education and religious minorities in Turkey.’ University of Amsterdam, 13 September 2011.

Muhammad Najib Azca, After jihad: a biographical approach to passionate politics in Indonesia, Universiteit van Amsterdam, 13 mei 2011.

Joas Wagemakers, A quietist Jihadi-Salafi: the ideology and influence of Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, 16 november 2010.

Mariwan Kanie, Martelaarschap tussen natie en religie. Politieke liefde, poëzie en zelfopoffering in Koerdisch nationalisme, Universiteit van Amsterdam, 15 september 2010.

Uğur Ümit Üngör, Young Turk social engineering: mass violence and the nation state in Eastern Turkey, 1913-1950, Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam, 11 June 2009 [cum laude].

Anna Neubauer, Celle qui n'existe pas. Soufisme et autorité féminine à Istanbul, Neuchâtel: Université de Neuchâtel, 13 May 2009.

Liza Nell, Transnational migrant politics in the Netherlands: Historical structures and current events, Universiteit van Amsterdam, 17 december 2008.

Martijn de Koning, Zoeken naar de ‘zuivere’ islam: geloofsbeleving, identiteitsvorming en radicalisering van jonge Marokkaanse moslims, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 17 April 2008.

Sindre Bangstad, Global flows, local appropriations. Facets of secularisation and re-Islamization among contemporary Cape Muslims, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, 10 october 2007.

Jeanne Hersant, Mobilisations politiques, co-gouvernementalité et construction ethnique: sociologie du nationalisme turc à travers les cas des Turcs de Thrace occidentale (Grèce, Allemagne, Turquie), École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, 22 october 2007.

Welmoet Boender, Imam in Nederland: opvattingen over zijn religieuze rol in de Nederlandse samenleving, Universiteit Leiden, 13 november 2007.

Euis Nurlaelawaty, Modernization, tradition, and identity: the Kompilasi Hukum Islam and legal practice in the Indonesian Islamic courts, Utrecht University, 10 December 2007.

Gerard van de Bruinhorst, “Raise your voices and kill your animals”: Islamic Discourses on the Idd el-Hajj and Sacrifices in Tanga (Tanzania). Authoritative Texts, Ritual Practices and Social Identities, Utrecht University, 6 october 2007.

Masdar Hilmy, Islam, Islamism and democracy: Islamist discourses and counter-discourses on democracy in post-New Order Indonesia, Melbourne University, 2007.

J.G. (Hans) de Kruijf, Guyana junction: globalisation, localisation, and the production of East Indianness. Utrecht, antropologie, 28 augustus 2006.

Julian Millie, Splashed by the saint: ritual reading and Islamic sancticity in West Java, Universiteit Leiden, 14-02-2006.

Irfan Ahmad, From Islamism to Post-Islamism: the transformation of the Jamaat-e-Islami in North India, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Universiteit van Amsterdam, 29 November 2005 [cum laude].

Fadime Deli, Communautés en migration: le cas des personnes originaires de Mardin (Turquie). Université de Paris-VIII, Institut Français de Géopolitique, 13 november 2004.

Mauro Ivo van Aken, Facing home: Palestinian belonging in a valley of doubt. Faculteit Sociale Wetenschappen, Universiteit Utrecht, 25 November 2003.

Hashem Ahmadzadeh, Nation and novel: a study of Persian and Kurdish narrative discourse, Department of Asian and African Languages, Uppsala Universitet, 7 March 2003.

Andrea Fischer-Tahir, "Wir gaben viele Märtyrer": Widerstand und kollektive Identitätsbildung in Suleimaniya / Irakisch-Kurdistan (1975-2000), Fakultät für Geschichte, Kunst- und Orientwissenschaften, Universität Leipzig, 2002.

Kadir Canatan, Turkse islam: Perspectieven op organisatievorming en leiderschap in Nederland, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, 2 november 2001.

Jamsheed Faroughi, State, legitimacy, and charisma in modern Iran. An essay on scholarly interpretation and understanding of the Islamic revolution. Faculteit Letteren, Universiteit Utrecht, 24 november 2000.

Clementine van Eck, Door bloed gezuiverd. Eerwraak bij Turken in Nederland. Faculteit Politieke en Sociale Wetenschappen, Universiteit van Amsterdam, 14 november 2000.

Romain Bertrand, La tradition parfaite: formation de l'état et imaginaire national en Insulinde coloniale, Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris, 13 Octobre 2000.

Matthijs Eduard Willem van den Bos, Mystic regimes: an exploration of comparative social development and cultural performance. The Safi`alisahi and Soltan`alisahi-Ne`matollahi Sufi orders in the Pahlavi dynasty and the Islamic Republic of Iran, Faculteit Politieke en Sociale Wetenschappen, University of Amsterdam, 2000.

Ahmed Mala, Mahwî entre l'ésotérisme, l'exotérisme et l'image de la bien-aimée, source de l'amour, Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon, 2 novembre 1999.

Gabrielle Rachel van den Berg, Minstrel poetry from the Pamir Mountains: A study of the songs and poems of the Isma`îlîs of Tajik Badakhshan, Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, 1 oktober 1997.

Natalie Mobini-Kesheh, The Hadrami awakening: community and identity in the Netherlands East Indies, 1900-1942, Ph.D. thesis, Clayton: Monash University, 1997.



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