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Nora Derbal

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Nora Derbal has joined the Orient-Institut Beirut in October 2015 and works at the Cairo office. She is a PhD candidate in Islamic Studies at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (BGSMCS), Freie Universität Berlin. Her thesis focusses on charitable traditions in Saudi Arabia and asks how welfare associations approach the growing phenomenon of poverty and social inequality in the kingdom. Her field research includes several journeys to Jeddah and Riyadh in 2012 and 2013. From 2005-2011 she studied Islamic Studies and History at Freie Universität Berlin, the Oriental Institute at the University of Oxford, Pembroke College, and King Abd al-Aziz University in Jeddah. She graduated in 2011 with an M.A. (Magister Artium) in Islamic Studies and History.



Derbal, Nora. 2012. Philanthropie in Saudi-Arabien: Bestandsaufnahme Und Untersuchung Der Organisierten Wohltätigen Praxis in Djidda, Saudi Arabien. Maecenata Schriftenreihe 9. Stuttgart: Lucius & Lucius.

Journal Article

Derbal, Nora. 2011. ‘Lifestyle and Liberty in the Name of Piety. Philanthropy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia’. In Takaful 2011 – The First Annual Conference on Arab Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, 1:46–75. Cairo: American University in Cairo Press.

———. 2014a. ‘Domestic, Religious, Civic? Notes on Institutionalized Charity in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia’. In Gulf Charities Today. Arab Islamic Philanthropy in the ‘Age of Terror’ and Beyond, edited by Jonathan Benthall and Robert Lacey, 145–67. Berlin: Gerlach Press.

———. 2014b. ‘Zwischen Reformversprechen Und Status Quo: Frauen in Saudi-Arabien’. Aus Politik Und Zeitgeschehen 46: 19–24.