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dr. P.G.T. (Pieter) Nanninga

Assistant Professor Middle Eastern Studies

Professional experience

  • 2014-present Assistant Professor Middle Eastern Studies, University of Groningen
  • 2011-2014 Lecturer, Middle Eastern Studies, University of Groningen
  • 2007-2012 PhD student Jihadism and Suicide Attacks: al-Qaeda, al-Sahab and the Meanings of Martyrdom (defense University of Groningen June 2014)


  • 2014 University Teaching Qualification (BKO)
  • 2008 Course Arabic and Islamic Studies, spring semester, Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo, Egypt
  • 2006  Summer course Arabic, Netherlands Institute for Academic Studies in Damascus, Syria
  • 2005-2007 Research Master Religious Studies, University of Groningen (cum laude)
  • 2002-2006  Bachelor Religious Studies, University of Groningen (cum laude)
  • 1999-2007  History, University of Groningen (cum laude)


  • 2020-present member Cluster Board 4 (History, Archaeology, Classics, American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies) 
  • 2018-present Member Admission Committee Middle Eastern Studies
  • 2018-2020     Programme coordinator Middle Eastern Studies (BA and MA) 
  • 2015-2019     Chair Programme Committee Middle Eastern Studies
  • 2008-2010     Member Faculty Council Theology and Religious Studies
  • 2008-2010     Chair Hora Est (PhD network Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies)
  • 2006-2007     Member Programme Committee Research Master Religious Studies
  • 2004-2006     Member Faculty Council Theology and Religious Studies

Editorial activities

  • Associate editor Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression (2023-)
  • Editorial Board Member Journal of Religion and Violence (2017-)

Media experience

Over 100 interviews to international, national and regional media outlets for TV, radio, printed press and websites (incl. An-Nahar, Die Welt, Newsweek, VICE News, The Daily Beast, Business Insider, Heraldo, Morgenbladet, De Standaard, VRT Radio 1; Nieuwsuur, RTL Nieuws, Knevel en van den Brink, EenVandaag, Radio 1 Journaal, Dit is de Dag Radio 1, Bureau Buiteland Radio 1, NRC, Volkskrant, Trouw, AD,; RTV Noord, Omroep Fryslan, Dagblad van het Noorden, Leeuwarder Courant, OOG TV)


  • Global Network on Extremism and Technology
  • Society for Terrorism Research
  • International Association for the History of Religion
  • European Association for the Study of Religion
  • Dutch Association for the Study of Religion
  • Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies
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