Jocelyne Cesari Botman


Associate Professor of the Practice of Religion, Peace and Conflict Resolution and Senior Fellow, Be


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Dr. Jocelyne Cesari is Associate Professor of the Practice of Religion, Peace and Conflict Resolution in the Department of Government and Senior Fellow in the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, and Professor of Religion and Politics at the University of Birmingham, UK. A renowned scholar of Islam and Middle Eastern politics, she also teaches on contemporary Islam at the Harvard Divinity School and directs the Harvard interfaculty program “Islam in the West."

Professor Cesari’s research focuses on Islam and globalization, Islam and secularism, immigration, and religious pluralism. Recent books include "The Islamic Awakening: Religion, Democracy and Modernity" (2014, Cambridge University Press) and "Why the West Fears Islam: An Exploration of Islam in Western Liberal Democracies" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).Her book, "When Islam and Democracy Meet: Muslims in Europe and in the United States (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, 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:

A French political scientist, Professor Cesari is tenured at the French National Center for Scientific Research in Paris. In the United States, She has held multiple professorships at Columbia University, Harvard University, and John Hopkins University. From 2011 to 2012, she was the Minerva Chair at the National Defense University, conducting research on Islam and democratization in the context of the Arab Spring.