University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

SKOVGAARD PETERSEN JAKOB PictureJakob Skovgaard-Petersen, b. 1963. Dr.Phil, Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Copenhagen.

His field of research is contemporary Islam in the Arab World, more specifically the establishment of a modern public sphere and the role Islam on Arab television, for instance in the long TV-dramas aired during Ramadan.

Another field of interest is the role of the Sunni ulama in Arab states, societies and media, the ulama institutions such as the madrasa and the muftiship. And the particular genres of ulama communication to lay people, the fatwa and the khutba.

A third field is the interpretation of the life of the Prophet Muhammad in Muslim and non-Muslim traditions.

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