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Nathal Dessing

Director LUCIS/ University Lecturer

Dr. N.M. Dessing
+31 71 527 1690

Dr. Nathal M. Dessing is university lecturer in the History of Islam.

Dessing received her training in Islamic Studies at the Faculty of Religious Studies of Leiden University and earned her Ph.D. at the same department in 2001. She was a researcher and education coordinator at the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM), Leiden, from 1998 to 2008. She is the author of  Rituals of Birth, Circumcision, Marriage, and Death among Muslims in the Netherlands (Leuven: Peeters, 2001).

Dessing was leader of the NWO-funded research programme "Individualization, Fragmentation of Authority, and New Organizational Forms among Muslims in Europe" (€485,000, 2006–2012). This programme aimed at defining forms and elements of Islam in Europe by analyzing the interplay between the individual, participation, and religious authority. Her research within this programme focused on Muslim women’s organizations in the Netherlands. The programme also included two Ph.D. projects studying two other organizational forms: Muslim student associations (Loubna El Morabet) and institutions of Islamic higher education (Firdaous Oueslati).

This research programme and Dessing’s collaboration with Nadia Jeldtoft, Jørgen Nielsen, and Linda Woodhead for the edited volume Everyday Lived Islam in Europe (Ashgate, 2013), has led Dessing to focus in her research to a greater extent on new ways of studying lived Islam, on the non-institutional dimensions of religion, away from the visible dimensions of religiosity in the representation of Muslims in Europe, without losing sight of the force of Islam as a discursive tradition.


  1. Methoden en technieken 1: bronnenonderzoek (BA)
  2. Methoden en technieken 3: veldwerk (BA)
  3. Seminar religie 1: Rituelen (BA)
  4. Vergelijkende godsdienstwetenschap (BA)
  5. Religie en geweld (keuzevak)
  6. Theologie en filosofie van de islam (BA)
  7. Rituals and symbols of Islam (minor Islam: Religion and Society)
  8. Piety, Modernity, and Gender in Islam: Anthropological Perspectives (MA)
  9. Confronting Modernity (MA)

Director LUCIS/ University Lecturer

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • LUCSoR

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 1
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 1.05a



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