Manja Stephan-Emmrich is a junior professor of Islam in Asian and African Societies at the Institute for Asian and African Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany). She is also a Principal Investigator at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies. Her main focus of interest covers the anthropology of transregional Islam in post-Soviet Central Asia. Linking youth studies with Islamic education, cross-border migration and Muslim entrepreneurship, her current research explores the entangled study and work trajectories of Tajik graduates from Islamic universities in the Middle East and investigates the work-piety nexus in the graduates’ Dubai business activities and mobile livelihoods. She has published several articles and book chapters on Islamic lifestyles, education, migration/mobility, and on the Tajik ‘Dubai business’.