I have been a PhD candidate in Political Science at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. I hold a B.A in contemporary History at the same University. My academic interests are related to political ideologies, the relationship between politics and religion in the contemporary world, and the state of religion in Modernity. In recent years, I have studied the development of political Islam, taking a closer look at Shi’ia Islam and the Iranian Revolution. My doctoral dissertation analyzes the principal ideas and figures that have paved the way for the Iranian revolution and the ideatic evolution of contemporary Iranian Shia thinkers. During 2016, I was the beneficiary of a research scholarship offered by the Iranian Embassy in Romania; at Tarbiat Modares University in Teheran. In 2017, I have attended Farsi classes at Shahid Beheshti University in Teheran. During this year I was the beneficiary of an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship CASEU Project at the al Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty. My research aimed to analyze the complex phenomenon of the socio-cultural transformation of the post-communist Kazakh society.
In 2016, together with Lect. Dr. Marius Lazar and several other colleagues from different universities from Romania, I took part in organizing and establishing the Center for Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Studies. The center is a research unit inside the Babes-Bolyai University. It has the role to provide research on Oriental and Islamic studies and to facilitate international contacts with scholars and institutions related to these fields of study.
My current research aims to analyze the issue of new Muslim communities in Romania, in the context of broader studies related to religious sociology and the history of European Islam. The Muslim community in Romania is relatively small, with just 80.000 people in a country of almost 20 million people. Nevertheless, the community is very diverse, having people from different geographical locations, adhering to multiple forms of religious expression specific to each Islamic school. Today, one of the most visible characteristics of the Muslim community in Romania is the rupture between the “Old Islam” of the Turk-Tatar community and the “New Islam” of the immigrant community.
The Muslim community in Romania is at the center of a new da’wa, exerted by international structures, public or private, from the Persian Gulf. Today, these social dynamics and mobilities are accelerated and facilitated by globalization. The current re-Islamization, which is one of the main characteristics of the last decades, greatly affects the Muslim communities of the diaspora. This flux of values, capital, and persons between Europe and the Muslim world is one of the most characteristic realities of recent years, with multiple consequences, including security-related issues.
Published Oct. 3, 2018 11:03 AM
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