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Nathal Dessing

University Lecturer Anthropology of Religion

Name
Dr. N.M. Dessing
Telephone
+31 71 527 1690
E-mail
n.m.dessing@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Nathal Dessing is a scholar of religion whose research focuses on everyday lived Islam in Europe. She is the director of the Leiden University Centre for the Study of Islam and Society (LUCIS) and education director at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies/Leiden University Centre for the Study of Religion (LIAS/LUCSoR).

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Dessing’s discipline is anthropology of religion, and she has worked particularly on the anthropology of Islam and Muslims in Europe. She has researched Muslim practices around birth, circumcision, marriage and death in the Netherlands, and examined forms of religiosity among Muslims. Her fieldwork quickly showed her that the realities of lived Islam are often vastly more complex than the image painted in the public debate and by the media.

Dessing received her training in Islamic Studies at the Faculty of Religious Studies of Leiden University and earned her PhD 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 her to focus 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.

Office hours

Monday and Friday: room 1.07b at Matthias de Vrieshof 4. (phone number: 5271690).
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: room 1.09a at Matthias de Vrieshof 3 (phone number: 5273162).

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University Lecturer Anthropology of Religion

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • LUCSoR

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 1.07b

Contact

  • Davidsen M.A., Berger M.S., Jong A.F. de, Williams C.L., Boer E.M. de, Wall E.G.E. van der, Frishman J., Dessing N.M., Hofstee W. & Buisman J.W. (17 December 2015), Verplicht religiekunde voor alle scholieren. Reformatorisch Dagblad, Forum: 6-7. article in magazine/newspaper
  • Davidsen M.A., Berger M.S., Jong A.F. de, Williams C.L., Boer E.M de, Wall E.G.E. van der, Frishman J., Dessing N.M., Hofstee W. & Buisman J.W. (14 December 2015), Leidse Visie voor het Religieonderwijs. Leiden Religie Blog. Leiden: Universiteit Leiden [blog entry]. other
  • Dessing N.M. (2013), How to Study Everyday Lived Religion. conference paper
  • Dessing N.M., Jeldtoft N., Nielsen J. S., Woodhead & L. (Eds.) (2013), Everyday Lived Islam in Europe. Farnham: Ashgate. editorship of book
  • Dessing N.M. (2013), How to Study Everyday Islam. In: Dessing N.M., Jeldtoft, N., Nielsen J.S., Woodhead L. (Eds.) Everyday Lived Islam in Europe. Farnham: Ashgate. 39–52. book chapter
  • Dessing N.M., Jeldtoft N., Nielsen J.S. & Woodhead L. (2013), Introduction. In: Dessing N.M., Jeldtoft N., Nielsen J.S., Woodhead L. (Eds.) Everyday Lived Islam in Europe. Farnham: Ashgate. 1–5. book chapter
  • Dessing N.M. (29 November 2012), Halalwoningen en andere woongenot. Leiden Islam Blog [blog entry]. other
  • Dessing N.M. (2011), Thinking for Oneself? Forms and Elements of Religious Authority in Dutch Muslim Women’s Groups. In: Bano M., Kalmbach H. (Eds.) Women, Leadership, and Mosques: Changes in Contemporary Islamic Authority. Leiden: Brill. 217-233. book chapter
  • Dessing N.M. (8 September 2010), “Wat denk je wel dat je bent?” Vormen en elementen van de islam in de moderne tijd (Lecture). Leiden. other
  • Dessing N.M. (2010), Besnijdenis en recht Recht van de Islam. Den Haag: Boom Juridische uitgevers. 51-66. conference paper
  • Dessing N.M. (2007), Redefining Boundaries, ISIM Review 20: 62. article in journal
  • Dessing N.M. (2005), Moslim in Nederland: Secularisatie, maar wat nog meer?, Migrantenstudies (1): 5-12. article in journal
  • Dessing N.M. (2002), An Islamic Wedding in a Dutch Living Room, ISIM Review 10: 31. article in journal
  • Dessing N.M. (19 September 2001), Rituals of Birth, Circumcision, Marriage and Death among Muslims in the Netherlands (PhD thesis). Leuven: Peeters. Supervisor(s) and Co-supervisor(s):Shadid W.A.R., Koningsveld P.S. van. PhD thesis
  • Dessing N.M. (2001), Rituals of Birth, Circumcision, Marriage, and Death among Muslims in the Netherlands (PhD thesis). Supervisor(s) and Co-supervisor(s):Koningsveld P.S. van. PhD thesis

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