Alyaa Ebbiary is Postdoctoral Research Associate at Durham University, working on the ENCOUNTERS project. She completed a PhD in Social Anthropology at SOAS. Her academic background is in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies (Manchester University) and Religious Studies (Lancaster University), and she also trained as a RE teacher (Cambridge). Apart from academia and education, Alyaa has also worked as a community organiser and interfaith facilitator for over 15 years, with a particular interest in the Muslim-Jewish encounter. She currently serves as an Officer of the British Association of Islamic Studies (BRAIS) and is Book Reviews Editor for the Journal of Education in Muslim Societies (JEMS).