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Maha Natoor

Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar

My PhD research focused on the intersection between culture, religion and psychology among a religious minority. Specifically, it dealt with the belief in reincarnation among the Druze in Israel through the study of a phenomenon called Notq. Notq is the remembering and talking about the previous incarnation- a recognized, legitimate, and significant phenomenon among the Druze. My current research interest is to examine how Notq stories arise and are transmitted in the social discourse, what this teaches us about Druze perceptions of life and death, and how different elements contribute to the definition and illustration of the Notq.  

  • Since 2021 - postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Haifa under the guidance of Dr. Carol Kidron and Prof. Avihu Shoshana.
  • 2022-2023 - Fulbright fellow and visiting postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Anthropology, Stanford University under the guidance of Prof. Tanya Luhrmann.