Sonja Hegasy is Vice-Director of Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin, having joined the organization as a Research Fellow in 2008. She also serves as Head of the Advisory Board ‘Science and Current Events’ of the Goethe-Institute in Munich. Hegasy’s research interests include civil society and youth movements, politics of memory, world society, and cultural globalization, with a regional focus on Morocco and Egypt. From 1996 to 1998, she served as a Junior Expert at the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation in Cairo. Prior to that, she worked as Program Officer at Transparency International e.V. She is also a founding member of ‘Transparence Maroc’. Hegasy studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo and Middle East Languages and Cultures the University of Witten/Herdecke. She received her M.A. from Columbia University. In 1996, she published her Ph.D. thesis on “State, Public Sphere and Civil Society in Morocco.”
Bettina Dennerlein teaches Gender Studies and Islamic Studies at the University of Zurich. She has studied in Berlin and Cairo. Before moving to Zurich Dennerlein has done research and taught in academic institutions in Berlin, Jerusalem, Paris, and Hamburg. She has published on questions of Islamic family law and reform movements in North Africa in German, French, and English. With E. Frietsch, Dennerlein co-edited Identitäten in Bewegung. Migration im Film (transcript, 2011). With D. Reetz, she was guest editor of South-South Linkages in Islam, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 27: 1 (Duke University Press, 2007). Dennerlein is the author of Islamisches Recht und sozialer Wandel in Algerien. Zur Entwicklung des Personalstatuts seit 1962 (Klaus Schwarz Verlag, 1998).