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Jocelyne Cesari

Jocelyn Cesari is professor of religion and politics at the University of Birmingham. In addition to her role at Birmingham, she is senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center where she directs the ‘Islam in World Politics’ program. She also teaches on contemporary Islam at Harvard Divinity School and directs the Harvard interfaculty program ‘Islam in the West’.

Her research focuses on religion and international politics, Islam and globalization, Islam and secularism, immigration, and religious pluralism. Her most recent book, The Islamic Awakening: Religion, Democracy and Modernity (Cambridge University Press, 2014), is based on three years research on state-Islam relations in Egypt, Turkey, Iraq, Pakistan and Tunisia, conducted when she held the Minerva Chair at the US National War College (2011-2012). Her book, When Islam and Democracy Meet: Muslims in Europe and in the United States (2006) is a standard reference text in the study of European Islam and integration of Muslim minorities in secular democracies, and her other recent books include: Why the West Fears Islam: An Exploration of Islam in Western Liberal Democracies (2013).

Cesari also coordinate two major web resources on Islam and politics: Islamopedia Online and


  • Professor of Religion and Politics, University of Birmingham
  • T. J. Dermot Dunphy Visiting Professor of Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding
  • Local Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University