CMES: Why France Fears Islam: Religion, Democracy And Human Rights In The Time Of Elections


Monday, May 8, 2017, 4:00pm to 6:00pm


CMES, Rm 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138


The Center for Middle Eastern Studies presents

Jocelyne Cesari
Professor of Religion and Politics, Department of Theology and Religion, Director of Research, Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion, University of Birmingham

Jocelyne Cesari is Professor of Religion and Politics, and Director of the Cadbury Centre at the University of Birmingham. She is also 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’.

Professor Cesari's 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). Prof Cesari coordinates two major web resources on Islam and politics: Islamopedia Online and

Contact: Liz Flanagan