Jocelyne Cesari

Jocelyne Cesari

T. J. Dermot Dunphy Visiting Professor of Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding at Harvard Divinity School
Professor of Religion and Politics, University of Birmingham
Senior Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown University
Jocelyne Cesari

Jocelyne Cesari holds the Chair of Religion and Politics at the University of Birmingham, UK and is Senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center on Religion, Peace and World Affairs. was President Elect of the European Academy of Religion 2018-2019, her work on religion, political violence and conflict resolution has garnered recognition and awards from numerous international organizations such as the Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs, or the Royal Society for Arts in the UK. She is a Professorial Fellow 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 “Islam in the West” program.

Her most recent books are: What is Political Islam? (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2018), Islam, Gender and Democracy in a Comparative Perspective, (Oxford University Press, 2017), co-authored with Jose Casanova, 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.

Her book What is Political Islam? won the 2018 book award of the Religion and International Studies section of the ISA (International Studies Assocation).

She coordinates a major web resource on Islam in Europe:




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