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Jocelyne Cesari

Jocelyn Cesari is professor of religion and politics and director of research at the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion at Birmingham University. 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 I 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 my 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 Euro-Islam.info.

Affiliations

  • Professor of Religion and Politics , University of Birmingham
  • Director of Research , Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion, University of Birmingham
  • Senior Fellow , Berkley Center, Georgetown University
  • Visiting Professor of Religion and Politics, Harvard Divinity School
  • Local Affiliate, CES, Harvard University
 
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