Kholoud Al-Ajarma, Ph.D. from HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, has recently arrived in Depok, West Java. Kholoud is one of visiting fellows at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, Universitas Islam Internasional Indonesia (UIII), for the period of 10-31 July 2022.
Her research interests are in environmental concerns across the contemporary Muslim World. Kholoud holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology and Comparative Study of Religion from the University of Groningen (Netherlands). Her Ph.D. thesis focused on the socio-cultural embeddedness of Muslim pilgrimage (Hajj) in Moroccan everyday life. During her Ph.D. studies, she worked as a lecturer at the University of Groningen. She delivered several courses, including 'Anthropology of Muslim Societies,' 'Islam: History, Sources, and Practices, and 'Minorities in Contemporary Europe.'
Her current research focuses on water resource management and contemporary environmental concerns in the Muslim World. Kholoud is also an award-winning photographer and filmmaker with extensive experience developing and leading refugee communities' programs and projects, including innovative human rights research platforms and media production among young refugee youth.
Al-Ajarma will play a role in carrying out joint teaching program activities; developing international exposure and research development which includes conferences and public lectures; and become one of the keynote speakers in the 1st Colloquium Decentering Islamic Studies: Towards New Approaches in the Study of Islam and Muslim Societies which will be held by the Faculty of Islamic Studies on 12-13 July 2022.