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Senior Scholars

Kurt Beck

Kurt Beck is professor and chair of Anthropology at the University of Bayreuth since 2006.From 1987-1993 he was Ass. Professor at the Institute for Sociology of Freie Universität Berlin.1980-1981 he was Research Associate at the Institute for African and Asian Studies in University of Khartum.

Franz Kogelmann

Franz Kogelmann is academic coordinator of the Institute of African Studies (IAS) at Bayreuth University, Germany. He studied Islamic Studies, Anthropology, and History of Africa. In 1997 he received a PhD in Islamic Studies on the Islamic endowment system in Morocco under the French protectorate.

Umar Habila Dadem Danfulani

Umar Habila Dadem Danfulani is a professor at the department of Religion and Philosophy in the federal University of Jos, Nigeria. Presently he is Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Jos, where he has been teaching History of Religion, African Traditional Religions, Interaction of Religions and World Religions since 1984

Roman Loimeier

Roman Loimeier (born 1957) studied Anthropology and African studies at the University of Freiburg and at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London from 1978-1984. He did his second degree (1984-1990) in Islamic studies at the University of Bayreuth.

Benjamin Soares

Benjamin Soares, an anthropologist, is a Senior Researcher and Chair of the research staff at the Afrika-Studiecentrum in Leiden, The Netherlands. He has taught at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Sussex and held fellowships at the University of Chicago and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris.

Birgit Meyer

Birgit Meyer studied religious studies and pedagogy (for disabled children) at Bremen University and cultural anthropology (PhD in 1995) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Since September 2011 she is professor of religious studies at Utrecht University.

Hassan Ndzovu

Hassan J. Ndzovu is originally affiliated to the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Moi University, Kenya. Ndzovu has a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, and his dissertation project was entitled, “Religion and Politics: A Critical Study of the Politicization of Islam in Kenya.”