Our Board

Board, 2016-2017


Tijmen Tijmen Baarda (President) 

Tijmen Baarda joined Hikma when it was founded in 2011. Currently he is a PhD candidate at the Leiden Institute for Religious Studies, working on Syriac Christianity in Northern Iraq.



Mahmood Kooria (Vice-President & External Affairs)

Mahmood Kooria is a doctoral candidate at the Leiden University Institute of History. His doctoral dissertation is on movement of Islamic legal texts and ideas between the Middle East, South-, and Southeast-Asia through the Indian Ocean world, focusing mainly on the Shāfi’ī manuals, commentaries, and abridgments since the thirteenth century. He read his M.A. and M.Phil. in History at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Apart from the academic writings, he occasionally writes op-eds and conducts interviews on films, Islam, and history of ideas for the New York-based Café Dissensus Everyday, Delhi-based Kafila.org and Mathrubhumi Illustrated Weekly.

2982_100426280008_387750_n Marcela A. Garcia Probert (Secretary)

Marcela Probert is currently a PhD candidate at Leiden University working on the Tawfik Canaan Collection of Amulets. Her dissertation title is ‘The use of amulets and talismans by Palestinian Muslim women’.

10351076_10152602594409926_2477418393696963938_n Daniel Jackson (Web-Editor & Public Relations)

Daniel is currently an MA Middle Eastern Studies student at Leiden University writing about Iraqi-Kuwaiti relations. He also serves as a research assistant to the Leiden Political Economy Group.

img_3949 Megan Shah (Board Member)

Megan holds a BA in Islamic studies and English studies from the University of Kiel. She is currently doing an Erasmus exchange at Leiden University while working toward an MA in Islamic studies from the University of Hamburg. She has previously worked also as teacher of Islamic religion at public schools in Germany. She is writing her thesis on pupil-teacher relations in Sufism.