Dr Daan Beekers
Daan is a Visiting Fellow at the Alwaleed Centre working on religious commitment, heritage and Muslim-Christian comparison in Europe.
Daan works on pluralism, religious commitment, heritage and the anthropology of Islam and Christianity in Europe. He obtained a PhD in Anthropology from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (2015), based on an ethnographic study of religious commitment among young Protestant Christians and Sunni Muslims in the Netherlands. Subsequently, he took up a postdoctoral position at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies of Utrecht University, where he studied the abandonment and repurposing of church buildings in the Netherlands, with a special focus on the interreligious interactions and discourses on heritage that these give rise to.
Daan came to Edinburgh in 2018 to join the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities as a postdoctoral research fellow (October 2018-July 2019). As a visiting fellow at the Alwaleed Centre, he is working on a set of publications that focus on developing a comparative anthropology of Muslim and Christian lived religion.