Islamic states, Israel and Europe
Imen Gallala-Arndt holds a doctorate in Law from the University of Heidelberg. Prior to earning her doctorate she received a master’s degree in Legal Sciences from the University of Tunis II. Having Tunisian roots and living in Germany for many years sharpened her curiosity and interest in the ways in which the religious beliefs and dominant values in a given culture influence the legal norms, and whether these norms can be an efficient tool to bring about positive changes in society. She was a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, where she was involved in projects related to the peace process in Sudan and state building in Afghanistan. Prior to joining the Department of Law and Anthropology at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in 2016, Gallala-Arndt was part of the research group ‘Family and Succession Laws in Islamic Countries’ at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law (Hamburg). During that time she rendered numerous legal opinions for German tribunals on family and succession law in Islamic countries, which has given her deep insight into the real legal difficulties and challenges that immigrants from Muslim countries face in Europe.