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Scientific career

Inken Wiese was trained in Middle East and Arabic Studies, Public International Law and Political Science at Freie Universität Berlin and Cairo University. In her M.A. degree she studied the application and development of Islamic family law by Israeli Sharia courts. Islamic law was also the focus of her subsequent post-graduate studies  at Harvard University. After that, she worked for several years in various political institutions, e.g. as a political advisor in the German parliament, and as a managing director of an NGO. She returned to academia iin order to pursue a PhD. Her thesis deals with Gulf Arab states as donors of development assistance. She currently works as a lecturer at the University of Konstanz and at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt and as a trainer in political education for adults and youth for the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation.


Winter 2015/16: Religious radicalization of Muslim Youth. Causes and prevention

Winter 2015/16: Ethnographies of the states on the Arab Peninsula (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)

Summer 2015: Anthropology of Money

Winter 2014/15: Uprising and revolution in the Arab world. Social movements and actors

Summer 2014: Gender identities in Muslim societies: Recent anthropological research

Summer 2014: „The free gift makes no friends: Theories of the gift and of giving in anthropological research

Winter: Anthropology of Islam

Winter 2011/12: Anthropology of development. Concepts and practices of established and emerging donors in development cooperation

Conference papers (selection):

“The open quest for identity: Qatar as a development actor”. Paper presentation during the workshop „Rising Powers and Development Post-2015”, DSA Annual Conference, London, 10/2014.

 “Grants, loans and ‘reverse linkages’: Modalities of official Arab development assistance”. Paper presentation during the workshop “South South Cooperation: Chances and Challenges for the International Aid Architecture” , Heidelberg University/Center for Distributional Conflict and Globalization, 09/2014.

“’Gifts of a hybrid nature’ or ‘inalienable possessions’: Analytical consequences of different approaches to Arab loans for development”. Paper presented to the Masterclass “Gift of Cooperation”, Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research Essen, September 22-26, 2014.

“Representing Qatar: aid and development of an emerging donor”. Presentation in the workshop “The anthropology of ‘emerging donors’ and the uncertainty of developmental futures”, Biannual Conference of the European Association of Social Anthropology (EASA), Nanterre, 07/2012.

“Speaking on behalf of Qatar: The role of non-Qatari experts in shaping Qatar’s international development cooperation”. Presentation for the session “Emerging donors in international development cooperation: Border crossings between recipient and donor”, Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), San Francisco, 11/2012.

“Philanthropic foundations in Qatar and the UAE”. Paper presentation in panel “Benevolent engagement among Muslims: triggers, target groups, fields of action”, DAVO Congress, Berlin, 10/2011.

Research interests

  • Anthropology of development
  • New partners in international development assistance
  • Anthropology of Islam
  • Political Islam, Salafism and Islamism
  • Middle East conflict
  • Conflict resolution
  • Gender and Islam
  • Comprehensive approaches to security
  • Islam and Muslims in Germany
  • Arab states in the Gulf region
  • Arab states in transition
  • Afghanistan

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Type Institution
Membership European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)
Membership Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Vorderer Orient (DAVO)
Membership Middle East Studies Association for North America (MESA)
Membership Regionalgruppe "Ethnologie des Nahen und Mittleren Ostens und Nordafrikas" der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde (DGV)
Assessor function Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)