Topic: Muslim Humanitarians and the SDGs

Thesis timeframe: 2020-2023
Application deadline: 02 Nov 2020


This MA will be part of the HUMA project. HUMA sets out to understand how Muslim humanitarian actors relate to, interpret and respond to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), focusing on SDG 4 (education), SDG 5 (gender equality) and SDG 17 (global partnerships). The project will shed light on often unspoken differences in ideas, norms and values that underlie humanitarian operations, policies and practices, and seeks through this to contribute with empirical knowledge of relevance to humanitarian practice and to contribute to theorizing norms and normativity in the humanitarian field beyond Western-dominated perspectives. 

We do this through a focus on Muslim humanitarian actors' work in three humanitarian practice areas: i) humanitarian relief, (ii) education and (iii) gender equality. The HUMA project will juxtapose perspectives from Muslim humanitarian actors operating on the global institutional level, with those working locally with implementation of humanitarian assistance in the field. 

HUMA builds on six interconnected case-studies, teasing out normativity and ideas in the humanitarian field. Examining perspectives from above, we focus on (i) intergovernmental Islamic organizations; (ii) international Muslim NGOs, and (iii) organized Muslim philanthropic initiatives. From below, we focus on three field-based case studies of Muslim humanitarian actors in (iv) Indonesia, (v) Nigeria and (vi) Pakistan.          

The MA student will develop his or her detailed proposal within the context of the larger project. The thesis could relate to either of the case studies listed above, to a combination of these, or thematically to the thematic of the project more broadly.


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