Visiting Doctoral Fellow
Visiting Doctoral Fellow, January – November 2018
Mina Ibrahim is a third-year PhD student at Justus-Liebig Universität and The International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (GCSC) in Gießen, Germany. His doctoral dissertation, “Parables of Khidma: The Everydayness of Christians in Egypt,” ethnographically complicates the difficulties and the possibilities of living as a “good” Christian in Egypt. He researches academic and non-academic works about the lives of the Copts seeking “negated” and “rejected” spaces and contexts, attempting to question the absence of, and to find a place for, the “atheist” and “sinful” among the many other similar figures whose “weak/absent” faith excludes them from claiming a position within the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. In addition to working on his project, Mina contributes to the Eshhad online database that analyses the everydayness of sectarianism in Egypt and beyond (www.eshhad.org). Moreover, he has recently begun to contribute to the MENA Prison Forum project (www.menaprisonforum.org/) that is moderated by the non-profit organisation Umam Documentation and Research in Beirut, in cooperation with The Arab Fund for Arts & Culture (AFAC) and the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa).