Marloes Janson

Marloes Janson completed her doctorate in Ethnology at the University of Leiden (Netherlands). Currently, she is a alecturer for Anthropology at the SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London. From 2006 to 2012, she worked as a research staff member at the Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) in Berlin. Her research interests include the anthropology of religion, religious renewals (Islam and the Pentecostal movement), transnational religious networks (Tablighi Jamaat), “faith-based” development, urban anthropology, popular culture, gender, youth, and West Africa (Gambia, Senegal, and Nigeria). For the Global Prayers project, she will compare two prayer camps: the Pentecostal Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries (MFM) and Nasr Allah al-Fatih Society of Nigeria (NASFAT), which have cropped up along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway since the late 1980s. The Lagos-Ibadan Expressway is a 145-kilometer-long highway that connects Nigeria’s economic hub Lagos with the city of Ibadan, the third-largest metropolitan area in the country. Because it is occupied on both sides by Christian and Muslim organizations, this highway is known as the “Spiritual Highway” in local discourse. The project aims to provide a better understanding of how city and religion mutually influence and constitute each other by exploring the extent to which the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway has produced new forms of religiosity and how these have inscribed themselves in urban space.

     Marloes Janson’s forthcoming monograph Islam, Youth, and Modernity in the Gambia: The Tablighi Jamaat will be published by Cambridge University Press in autumn 2013.