Prof. Dr. Manja Stephan-Emmrich

principal investigator


I am professor of Transregional Central Asian Studies with focus on Islam and migration at the Institute for Asian and African Studies at Humboldt-Universit├Ąt zu Berlin. A disciplinary background in Central Asian Studies and sociocultural anthropology; my research interests cover the anthropology of transregional Islam, religion and mobility in Asia and the MENA region. From 2010 to 2020 I was Junior Professor for Islam in Asian and African Societies at the Institute for Asian and African Studies at HU Berlin.

Research Interests
Central Asia and Related Migrant/Diaspora Communities in Europe and the Gulf region; Muslim Mobilities; Religious Economies; Muslim Professionalism and Gender

More About Their Research

Selected Publications

  • Stephan-Emmrich, Manja. 2021. "In Mecca with the Second Wife: Un/scripted Hajj Stories of Tajik Migrant Women in the United Arab Emirates." In The Written and the Spoken in Central Asia. Festschrift for Ingeborg Baldauf, edited by Redkollegia. Edition-tethys.
  • Stephan-Emmrich, Manya. 2017. "Playing Cosmopolitan: Muslim Self-Fashioning, Migration, and (Be-)longing in the Tajik-Dubai Business. Central Asian Affairs 4 (3): 270-291.
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