M.A.F. Allam MA (Muhammad)
External PhD candidate - Islam, Politics and Society
6525 HT NIJMEGEN
Muhammad Allam has various research interests spanning major societal issues and their intersection with digital technology. His professional background is in humanitarian research and media analytics, yet he has recently shifted his focus to the discourse of inequality in Islamic societies.
- 2022 - 2026 Classism, that is, discrimination based on social or economic class, is a pressing issue in contemporary Egypt yet understudied in the humanities and social science domains. While systemic efforts are ongoing to alleviate poverty, these do not necessarily result in easier upward social mobility or less inequality. On the contrary, classism is reproduced due to what sociologist Pierre Bourdieu describes as symbolic violence, i.e., invisible and (mis)recognized set of practices in which inequality is normalized through unwitting complicity and appropriation. Utilizing critical discourse analysis, I examine this phenomenon by exploring the power relations entangled in public debates around controversial issues in contemporary Egypt where social class is implicated. Supervisros: Prof. C. van Nieuwkerk (Karin), Dr. Meijer, R. (Roel), and drs. Viersen, H.J. (Harald)