Institut für den Nahen und Mittleren Osten


Ramzi Ben Amara

PhD Ramzi Ben Amara

project coordinator "The Maghreb in Transition"

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Since January 2016, Ramzi Ben Amara is the “Maghreb in Transition” project coordinator at the Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines, Sousse. Furthermore, he is teaching at the Centre of Anthropology of the same institution. His MA Dissertation focused on the development of Sharia-law in Nigeria before, during, and after the colonial time. In August 2011, Ramzi Ben Amara completed a PhD project on the Izala Reform movement in Nigeria at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. The title of his dissertation is “The Izala movement in Nigeria: Its split, relationship to Sufis and perception of Sharia Re-Implementation”. Additionally, he was part of a project on “religious engagement” at the University of Cape Town, South Africa between September 2011 and October 2012, where he worked on Muslim activists in Nigeria. In 2013, Ramzi Ben Amara joined the German-Tunisian research group “The Maghreb in Transition” and started working on religious and political discourse in post-revolution Tunisia. His research interests include Islam in Africa, Sufism, Reform movements, Religious Activism and Islamic law.


current project: "Traveling Science – The (Re-)Making of Anthropology and African Studies in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia"