Bianka Speidl graduated in History and Arab and Islamic studies from Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Hungary. Later she completed postgradual studies in Councelling at Semmelweis University. She earned her PhD in Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter in May, 2015. In her dissertation she elaborated on the Conceptualization of Power in the thought of Muhammad Husayn Fadlallah who is considered to be the spiritual father of Hezbollah, under the supervision of Prof. Robert Gleave. As a student and later as a researcher she spent academic years in Tunisia (Tunis), Syria (Damascus), Italy (Naples) and Lebanon (Beirut). She worked as a free-lance journalist, as a project assistant at the Hungarian Interchurch Aid and as an analyst and trainer for the Civil-Military Co-operation Unit of the Hungarian Army. Currently she is a research fellow in a Research Group of Contemporary Religious Culture pertaining to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the University of Szeged, Hungary, and lecturer at the Department of Semitic Philology at the Pazmany Peter Catholic University.