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 is Professor of Religion and Politics at the University of Birmingham, UK and Senior research fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center on Religion, Peace and World Affairs. She teaches on contemporary Islam at the Harvard Divinity School and directs the Harvard interfaculty program “Islam in the West” hosted at the Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program.

Her most recent books are:  The Islamic Awakening: Religion, Democracy and Modernity (Cambridge University Press, 2014) 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 also coordinates a major web resource on Islam in Europe:


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Prince Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program, 8 Story Street
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