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Prof. Randi Deguilhem

I am professor with the CNRS, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, in France, Aix Marseille University, research unit TELEMMe UMR 7303 in Aix en Provence. My specialty is Islamic law of the waqf endowments in the Islamic world with a focus on the Syrian regions with a timeframe from the latter part of the Ottoman period through the French Mandate in Syria and Lebanon and up to the contemporary period. In this respect, I study the evolution of Islamic and state law with respect to the islamic waqf, with some reference to the Christian and Jewish waqf, and I also research specific case studies of Ottoman waqf, i.e., norms and practices of waqf. With respect to waqf research, I organised an International Research Network, a GDRI, funded by the CNRS and nine international and national partners in Tunisia, Algeria, Palestine, Lebanon/Syria/Jordan, the UAE, Malaysia and Japan. We are currently working on an interactive data base which will ultimately be available to all researchers on OpenAccess. I have also organised and led a reseach seminar on the waqf endowments at EHESS, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, from 2010 to 2016. In 2014, I organised and continue to direct a university wide network at Aix Marseille Univ. called GenderMed: Thinking Gender in the Mediterranean. Along with the Steering Committee of GenderMed, we have created seminars, workshops, summer schools, etc., and have supervised PhD dissertations on many aspects of gender.

Doctorate, New York Univ., and also a Habilitation, Univ. of Provence, France
Current or most recent Employer

Professor, Director of National and International Research Programs

CNRS, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
Time in Post - 23

Organisation Type: University

Regional Expertise

Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, State of Palestine, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates,

Disciplinary or professional background

Humanities, Law, Other

Contact Info

Public Profiles

Current Areas of Policy Interest

Gender equality

Islamic finance ( 8 years )

Areas of Policy Interest over the last ten years

Areas of Policy Interest researched, programmes designed and/or delivered in the last ten years

Gender equality

Islamic finance


Academic publications

Academic conferences

Professional or Trade Press
Publications in academic journals, my CV lists some of the publications.

Several interviews

Social Media
I produced a documentary on Syrian women which I filmed in Damascus in 2008, 2009 and 2010.