Radboud University Nijmegen
Joud Alkorani is an Assistant Professor of Islam Studies at Radboud University in Nijmegen. An anthropologist with a background in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Joud joins Radboud from the University of Toronto, where she completed her MA and PhD. Joud's research explores how changing political, economic, and sociohistorical conditions transform Muslims’ beliefs and practices. In particular, she is interested in the forms Muslim piety takes after the Islamic Revival and the Arab Spring. Joud's research and teaching lie at the intersection of religion and gender, migration and transnationalism, and the modern Middle East. She is also invested in exploring the methods and theories which scrutinize the Eurocentric origins of “religion” writ large.
Joud's first project was an ethnography of Muslim becoming, believing, and belonging in Dubai. Through fieldwork and interviews with middle-class, migrant Muslim women, Joud examined how Muslims grapple with Islamic ethical practices, theological commitments, and eschatological horizons in their everyday lives. She focused on how these women's endeavors are marked by the contingencies of their living and laboring in Dubai as noncitizens and shaped by state efforts to depoliticize Islam. Joud is currently developing a book manuscript based on this research.