Dr. Samuli Schielke

Dr. Samuli Schielke is a research fellow at Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), Berlin and head of the research group “I search of Europe: Considering the possible in Africa and the Middle East”. His research focusses on everyday religiosity and morality, aspiration and frustration, and literary and creative trajectories in contemporary Egypt. 


Selected publications: 


“You’ll be late for the revolution!” - An Anthropologist’s Diary of the Egyptian Revolution. Blog, 30 January 2011 - ongoing 


Samuli Schielke and Jessica Winegar. “The Writing on the Walls of Egypt”. Middle East Report 265 (winter), pp. 13-17, 2012. 


The Perils of Joy: Contesting Mulid Festivals in Contemporary Egypt. Syracuse, NY.: Syracuse University Press, 2012. 


Knut Graw and Samuli Schielke (eds.). The Global Horizon: Expectations of Migration in Africa and the Middle East. Leuven: Universitaire Pers Leuven, 2012. 


Samuli Schielke and Liza Debevec (eds.), Ordinary Lives and Grand Schemes: An Anthropology of Everyday Religion. New York: Berghahn, 2012.  

“Surfaces of longing: Cosmopolitan aspiration and frustration in Egypt” City and Society 24 (2012): 1, 29-37. 


“Being a non-believer in a time of Islamic revival: Trajectories of doubt and certainty in contemporary Egypt,” International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 44 (2012): 2, pp. 301–320.


“Ambivalent commitments: Troubles of morality, religiosity and aspiration among young Egyptians,” Journal of Religion in Africa 39 (2009): 2, pp. 158-185. 


"Boredom and Despair in Rural Egypt." Contemporary Islam 2 (2008): 3, pp. 251-270. 




“El 7eta” (The Wall). El Dokan, Alexandria, 12 March - 6. April 2012. 


“Queen’s Day.” Gallery Hommes, Rotterdam, 30 April 2010. 


“Al-muwatinun” (The Citizens). With Basem Abu Gweili.  El-Nahda scientific and cultural renaissance association, Cairo, 2008 and El Dokan, Alexandria, March 2010. 


"Marokkaan in het Oude Noorden" (Moroccan in Oude Noorden), commissioned by Daniela Swarowsky and ZIM (Zwaanshals in Motion) for the photo exhibition "Van Gastarbeider tot Allochtoon"ˇ (from migrant worker to allochtonous), Rotterdam 22 April - 30 June 2006. 


"Frommigheid en Plezier" (Piety and fun), ZiM (Zwaanshals in Motion), Rotterdam 29.4.-13.5.2005. 




Al-‘Asima al-Sirriya (The Secret Capital). Documentary film by Mukhtar Shehata and Samuli Schielke. Egypt, 2013. 


Al-Nahya al-Tanya (The Other Side). A short film by Mukhtar Shehata and Samuli Schielke. Egypt/the Netherlands, 2010. 


Messages from Paradise #1: Egypt-Austria: About the Permanent Longing for Elsewhere. Idea Daniela Swarowsky, direction/camera/sound Daniela Swarowsky and Samuli Schielke, interviews Samuli Schielke, editing Arthur Bueno. Austria/the Netherlands, 2009.