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ISEK - Institut für Sozialanthropologie und Empirische Kulturwissenschaft Ethnologie

Shirin Naef

Shirin Naef, Dr. phil.

  • assoziierte Wissenschaftlerin

Research interests

Law, society and culture, law and religion, law and morality, legal history, bioethics, Kinship and reproduction, regulation and governance, Shia jurisprudence (fiqh), Iranian legal tradition and development, Persianate studies, Islamic and Jewish law, German culture and history

Research area

West Asia, Persianate Societies, Germany, Switzerland

Short bio

Dr. Shirin Naef received her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Zürich, and completed her postgraduate training in Bioethics at the International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW) at the University of Tübingen. She was fellow at the School of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester and the Brocher Foundation in Geneva. She studied Social Anthropology, Islamic Studies and General Linguistics at the University of Bern, Switzerland. An analysis of the regulation and practice of assisted reproductive technologies in Iran was the subject of her doctoral thesis; it was published in 2017 as "Kinship, Law and Religion: An Anthropological Study of Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Iran" by Francke Verlag, Tübingen. From 2018 to 2019 she was fellow at the Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study “Law as Culture” at the University of Bonn, where she started to work on her research project on the culture and politics of charity in Iran from the viewpoint of legal and social history. Her recent research activities also include water management and its legal context in Iran. She is also working on a book in Persian about law as culture (hoquq be masabe-ye farhang).