Mahmoud Jaraba

Dr. Mahmoud Jaraba

Research Associate

FAU Research Centre Islam and Law in Europe (FAU EZIRE)

Bohlenplatz 6
91054 Erlangen

Office hours

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Mahmoud Jaraba holds a PhD in political science, which he received in Erlangen in 2013. In 2021, the Erlangen Centre for Islam and Law in Europe (EZIRE) welcomed him again as a research fellow. He is also affiliated with the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany. In recent years, Jaraba has critically examined issues around Islamic normativity, Salafism and radicalization, as well as so-called “parallel justice” and “clan crimes.”

Mahmoud Jaraba has been active in various fields of ethnographic research for many years, which has given him deep insights into different social structures and a balanced perspective towards complex issues. In his fieldwork research, he aims to investigate how extended families and the various socio-economic conditions, learning processes, cultural and religious norms, and institutions under which they live, contribute to shaping so-called “clan crimes” and the intergenerational transmission of criminal behaviour within specific nuclear families.

In his latest research project, he intends to activate and train bridge builders, so that they can use instruments of extrajudicial dispute resolution in extended family structures (“clans”) in accordance with the rule of law, and thus to open up legally compliant, sustainable ways of cooperation with state and societal actors.


Personal details

Since 2021 Research Associate at the Erlangen Centre for Islam and Law in Europe (EZIRE) at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg
2018-2020 Research associate at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle
2015-2017 Researcher at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Munich
2013-2015 Research assistant and lecturer at Erlangen Centre for Islam and Law in Europe (EZIRE) at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg
2013 Ph.D. in Political Science, Dissertation Topic: ‘Moderation or Transformation: Explaining the Different Ideological Trajectories of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and the Turkish Justice and Development Party’ at the University Erlangen-Nuremberg
2007-2009 Senior Researcher at the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, Ramallah, West Bank
2007-2008 Senior Researcher at AMAN: The Coalition for Accountability and Integrity, Ramallah, West Bank
2007-2008 Senior Researcher at Muwatin: The Palestinian Institute for the Study of Democracy, West Bank
2007 M.A. in International Studies at Birzeit University
2003 B.A. in History and Political Science at Birzeit University


  • Understanding Islamist Ideology: Texts and Discourse (Arabic)
  • Reading Said Qutb: His work “Signs on the Way”

Research profile

  • Ethnology of Islam
  • Islamic normativity
  • Muslims, Sharia and parallel justice in Germany
  • Islamic social movements
  • Arab-Israeli conflict
  • Salafism and radicalisation
  • “Clan” Crime


  • Journal of Islamic Law (Harvard University)
  • Journal of Muslims in Europe
  • Journal of Arabian Studies
  • Al Jazeera Centre for Studies
  • Zeitschrift für Recht und Islam
  • The Oñati Socio-Legal Series


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