Jocelyne Cesari

Jocelyne Cesari

Lecturer on Islamic Studies, Harvard Divinity School
Director of Islam in the West Program, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Center
Senior Research Fellow at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris
Jocelyne Cesari

Jocelyne Cesari holds the Chair of Religion and Politics at the University of Birmingham, UK. She is senior research fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center on Religion, Peace and World Affairs and at the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society at the Australian Catholic University. She teaches on contemporary Islam and politics at the Harvard Divinity School and directs the Harvard interfaculty program “Islam in the West”.

Her most recent books are: Islam, Gender and Democracy in a Comparative Perspective, (Oxford University Press, 2017) The Awakening of Muslim Democracy: Religion, Modernity and the State ( 2014, Cambridge University Press),) and Why the West Fears Islam: An Exploration of Islam in Western Liberal Democracies (2013).Her book, When Islam and Democracy Meet: Muslims in Europe and in the United States (2006) is a reference in the study of European Islam and integration of Muslim minorities in secular democracies. She edited the 2015 Oxford Handbook of European Islam.

She coordinates a major web resource on Islam in Europe:




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