Mohamed Yunus Rafiq
Mohamed Yunus Rafiq is a Ph.D. candidate in the Anthropology Department at Brown University with research interest in the intersection of state, religion and public health. Formerly, Mohamed co-founded and managed Aang Serian Peace Village, a Tanzanian NGO based in Arusha, Tanzania for over five years working in education and indigenous knowledge. One of Aang Serian's main goals was to utilize Tanzania's diverse indigenous knowledge to create sustainable and ethical development responses. Mohamed is a previous recipient of the prestigious Jacob Javits, Wenner Gren and Fulbright Hays fellowships. For the past two years, Mohamed has been conducting doctoral field research in rural Morogoro and Tanga on the role of Muslim religious leaders in public health programs in Tanzania. Apart from his academic interests, Mohamed is a fiction writer and an independent documentary maker. His recent creative works include the Hope’s Hunter, which was published in a collection called Africa 39 by Bloomsbury Press.