R. (Roukayya) Oueslati MA

Position:
  • Lecturer
Expertise:
  • Islamic bioethics
  • Medical religious opinions (fatwas)
  • Organ donation within islam
  • Religion and medical decision-making
  • Health care and Muslims


Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 3244
E-Mail: r.oueslati@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, LUCSoR
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
Matthias de Vrieshof 1
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 1.03a
Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2171
E-Mail: r.oueslati@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, LUCSoR
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
Matthias de Vrieshof 3
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 0.10


Roukayya Oueslati is a lecturer and researcher at Leiden University. Her field of interest is located on the intersection of religion and medical science. She obtained a Bachelor degree in Arabic Language and Culture (cum laude) and a Research Master degree in Religious Studies (cum laude) specializing in Islam in the contemporary West, both at Leiden University. She wrote her thesis on the development of religious opinions (fatwas) regarding organ donation and on how these opinions changed over time. She also mapped and analysed the vision of Muslim lay people on this subject. Afterwards, she obtained a Bachelor and Master degree in Health Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam specializing in Prevention and Public Health. She researched during several internships the role of religion in antenatal screening tests and the participation of Turkish and Moroccan immigrants in health checks as well as their uptake of behavioural change in case of an unhealthy lifestyle. During the course Health Psychology she received an award for developing a culturally sensitive stigma reducing intervention programme for HIV positive people from Africa and the Caribbean, and in 2009 she was nominated for the ECHO award. 

During her studies she worked several years in the Diversity project of Leiden University in order to promote cultural diversity. She also organized a symposium on intercultural communication on the work floor.

Research

Currently, Roukayya is working on a phd research proposal on the field of religion, religious authority and ethical decision-making in health care settings.

Teaching activities

  • Rituals and symbols in Islam
  • Workshops in several medical institutions regarding intercultural care, care for Muslim patients and medical ethical issues

Curriculum vitae

  • Lecturer and staffmember of the Leiden Islam Academy
  • Lecturer at Leiden University Centre for the Study of relgion (LUCSoR)
  • MSc Health Sciences: Prevention & Public Health, Vrije Universiteit
  • BSc Health Sciences, Vrije Universiteit
  • MA (Research) Religious Studies: Islam in the contemporary West (cum laude), Leiden University
  • BA Arabic Language and Culture (cum laude), Leiden University

 
Last Modified: 11-12-2015