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Religionswissenschaftliches Seminar

Heela Najibullah

Heela Najibullah

  • PhD Candidate
Religionswissenschaftliches Seminar, Kantonsschulstrasse 1, 8001 Zürich


  • Ph.D. Candidate in Intergenerational Narratives of Afghan Conflict (Religious Studies of Faculty of Theology), Started September 2019 – University of Zurich, Switzerland. Dissertation:Transcending Fault-lines of conflict: Intergenerational Narratives of Afghan Diaspora in Switzerland and Germany
  • Forschungskredit grant holder from June 2021
  • M.A. in Peace Studies, December 2015 – University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • MAS in Peace and Conflict Transformation, Aug 2013 – Basel University, Switzerland
  • Courses in Islamic Studies, 2007-2008 - Jamia Milia Islamia University, New Delhi, India
  • B.A. in International Relations, Aug 2001 – Franklin University, Switzerland

Employment History

  • September 2017 - July 2018: Regional Community Engagement and Accountability (CEA) Delegate for Europe at International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Budapest
  • November 2016 - January 2017: Consultant at Sphere, Geneva, Abuja, and Maiduguri
  • October 2013 - March 2014: Program Officer at Basel Peace Office, Basel
  • January 2012 - June 2012: Consultant at International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), New Delhi
  • September 2010 - December 2010: Consultant at IFRC, New Delhi
  • October 2008 - December 2009: Senior Technical Support Officer at IFRC, Geneva
  • July 2005 - September 2006: Southeast Asia Regional Population Movement Coordinator at IFRC, Bangkok
  • September 2002 - April 2005: South Asia Regional Population Movement Manager at IFRC, New Delhi

Research Interests

  • Afghan diaspora
  • Jihad
  • Conflict & Reconciliation
  • Psychology of Religion
  • Gender, Islam ans politics
  • socio-political history of Afghanistan

Current research project / PhD Project

Transcending Fault-lines of Conflict: Intergenerational Narratives of Afghan Diaspora in Switzerland and Germany.



  • Najibullah, Heela. Reconciliation and Social Healing in Afghanistan: A Transrational and Elicitive Analysis Towards Transformation. 1st ed. 2017. Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden, 2017. Web.
  • Chellaney, Brahma, and Najibullah, Heela. On the Frontline of Climate Change: Delhi: Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAF), 2007.
  • Najibullah, Heela. Afghan Attempts at Peace and Reconciliation 1986 and 2010: A comparison. New Delhi, Delhi: Delhi Policy Group, 2011


Conference Presentations

  • Najibullah, Heela (2017). “Reconciliation and Social Healing in Afghanistan: Lessons to learn from History” Book presented at the Institute of Asian and African Studies, Humboldt University.

Memberships / Affiliations

  • The International Association for Reconciliation Studies (IARS) at the Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies in Germany
  • Bonn International Center for Conversion, Bonn, Germany