I was born and raised in the Gaza Strip where I finished my undergraduate education and worked as a junior researcher at Pal-think for Strategic Studies, a think and do tank in Gaza. I have a double-degree Masters of Arts in social sciences from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara – Turkey and Humboldt University of Berlin. While completing my M.A. in Berlin I interned at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) and performed research related student jobs at Humboldt University of Berlin and Free University of Berlin. Currently I am working as a student research assistant at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient. My main research interests are Euro-Islam, political violence and Islamism.
In the framework of “Violence, Forced Migration and Exile: Trauma in the Arab World and in Germany project”, I intend to discuss the potential of ‘collective trauma’ as a concept recently developed in cultural studies and empirical sociological research. In doing so, I will discuss the concept in light of critical social theory.