Dr. Shirin Naef is an anthropologist and works mainly in the interdisciplinary area between law, religion and ethics, with a special focus on Persian-speaking cultural. She studied theater and English in Tehran and from 2002 to 2008 anthropology, Islamic studies and linguistics at the University of Bern, Switzerland. From 2009 to 2012 she was a DFG scholarship holder and member of the Research Training Group Bioethics at the International Center for Ethics in Science (IZEW) at the University of Tübingen. In 2017 Shirin Naef received her doctoral thesis "Kinship, Law and Religion: An Anthropological Study of Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Iran" at the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Zurich. Dr. Naef's research focuses on anthropology and sociology of law, religion, bioethics, reproductive medicine, kinship, philanthropy, morality and economics, Shiite jurisprudence (fiqh), Iran, Germany, Switzerland, and law and theology in a comparative perspective. Since October 2018, Dr. Shirin Naef Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg "Law as Culture" and is working on her second monograph on law, religion and philanthropy in Iran.
Emanuel Schaeublin studied Arabic in Geneva and did his doctorate in social anthropology at University of Oxford. His research focuses on dealing with money, property and poverty in the Islamic tradition and is based on ethnographic field research in the Palestinian city of Nablus. He teaches seminars on ethics, Islam, the Middle East and ethnographic methods at the University of Zurich. He also works in the area of mediation and peacebuilding with the Swiss government and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). He is fluent in Arabic and has lived in Yemen, Palestine, Egypt and Syria. In 2018 he and other researchers from the University of Zurich hosted the No Country for Anthropologists? Organized Ethnographic Research in the Contemporary Middle East. Latest publication: Islam in Face-to-Face Interaction: Direct Zakat Giving in Nablus (Palestine).
Victor J. Willi received his DPhil in History from the University of Oxford in 2015, and his MA in History, Islamic Studies and Economics from the University of Zurich in 2006. He is fluent in English, German, Arabic and French and has more than 20 years of professional and academic experience in various countries in the Middle East and North Africa, including field research in Egypt, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey. He currently works at the World Economic Forum, where he is responsible for government relations with Qatar, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria and Sudan. He has previously obtained a Masters in Global Leadership from the same institution. He has also many years of teaching experience and has received several full-time research grants. His book The Fourth Ordeal: A History of the Society of the Muslim Brothers in Egypt, 1968-2018, will be published in January 2021 by Cambridge University Press. More information is available at www.victorjwilli.com.
Sophie Glutz von Blotzheim
Sophie Glutz von Blotzheim studied Arabic at the University of Geneva with a focus on general linguistics, comparative literature, Mesopotamia, Assyrian and Sumerian. She has lived in Scotland for one year (1999-2000) and one year in Syria (2009-2010) and is fluent in German, French, English, Arabic (Arabic and Syrian dialect), Italian and Spanish. For more than fifteen years she has been passionate about the Arabic language in all its forms: grammar of the standard language, literature, usage phenomena, dialect forms, etc. Since 2007 she has been teaching Arabic for students in the first and second year at the University of Geneva. Since 2014, she has been responsible for the publication of the SGMOIK bulletin, which is published twice a year.