Ruby Haji Naif

Woolf PhD Scholar


Ruby's PhD research explores interfaith relations' potential as an innovative approach to foster the two-sided integration of Muslim Syrian refugees/immigrants in Germany. Specifically, she will examine the role of religion in the integration process and its impact on the experiences and challenges faced by these refugees/immigrants. By analysing the 'House of One', a multifaith worship house located in Berlin, my study aims to shed light on the effectiveness of interfaith relations in integrating Muslim Syrian refugees in Berlin, Germany. Rather than solely examining the success or failure of existing integration processes, my research takes a more comprehensive approach by seeking to understand the unique experiences of Syrians in Germany, with a particular emphasis on the House of One and other interfaith initiatives.

Ruby Haji Naif is a previous recipient of the Woolf Institute Cambridge Scholarship in 2022/23 when she completed the MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Muslim-Jewish Relations). This MPhil scholarship is provided by the Willie and Jo Kessler Masters Studentship at the Woolf Institute and the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust.

Before studying at Cambridge, Ruby earned her BA in media and communication with double minor in anthropology and political science at American university of Beirut. She also worked as a researcher with several international organisations such as International Federation of Red Cross, Solferino Academy, Translator without Borders and Women Now for Development.

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