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Franziska Fay

Dr. Franziska Fay received her PhD in Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. Prior to that, she studied Anthropological Research Methods, African Linguistics (Swahili), Educational Philosophy and Cultural Anthropology at SOAS, Goethe University Frankfurt and the State University of Zanzibar. After her PhD research on child protection and corporal punishment in Qur’anic and primary schools in Zanzibar she now works on reform movements in the Islamic education system in the Archipelago. In November 2017 she joined the Cluster of Excellence ‘Normative Orders’ at Goethe University Frankfurt as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

Research Interests
  • Child protection systems and children’s rights
  • Reforms in Islamic education
  • Political Islam in East Africa
  • Discipline and punishment
  • Anthropology of childhood and care
  • Gender-based violence
  • Post/secularism
  • International development
Regional Focus
  • East Africa (Zanzibar and Swahili coast)
  • MENA (Oman)

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