J.E. (Judith) Kindinger

  • PhD student
  • Arabic Studies

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2171
E-Mail: j.e.kindinger@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SMES APT
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
Matthias de Vrieshof 3
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 0.10

Fields of interest

- The Other in Arabic and European travel literature
- Material culture and self-representation in Ottoman Egypt
- Gender studies
- Modern Egyptian literature


PhD research

The dynamics of identity formation of Egyptian christians and muslims from the 13th to the 20th century

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Petra Sijpesteijn (LIAS), Prof. Dr. R. B. ter Haar Romeny (VU)

From February 2013, Judith Kindinger conducts an historical PhD research within the NWO project: Fitting In/ Standing Out:  Comparing Majority and Minority Dress Codes among Egyptian Muslims and Christians. In her dissertation research, she investigates the double-sided question how dress creates boundaries and how boundaries are expressed through dress. Her study aims to analyse clothing and supplements with a special focus on the relation between descriptive and normative behaviour presented by Muslim and Christian legal texts, as well as depictions in European travel accounts and material sources.


Judith Kindinger holds an M.A. from the department of Middle Eastern Studies and Political Science of Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg. Besides her research in Cairo and Istanbul, she has also spent a Semester at the Jordanian University in Amman. In her M.A. thesis, supervised by Prof. dr. Susanne Enderwitz, entitled “Woman is Aura- Gendering in Islam” she focused on the history, origin and socio-political development of the terms Aura and Fitna.

Contact information

E-mail: j.e.kindinger@religion.leidenuniv.nl
Tel.: +31 6715272405

Last Modified: 17-06-2015