Faculty Spotlight

Jeanette S. Jouili, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research investigates Muslim communities in a post-colonial Europe and how increasingly security-oriented European policies reconfigure Muslim life. She is author of Pious Practice and Secular Constraints: Women in the Islamic Revival in Europe (Stanford, 2015). Currently, she is working on a new book project on Muslim popular culture in post 7/7 UK.

The ESC has provided funding for Dr. Jouili’s fieldwork in the UK and supported and organized her recent symposium “Europe’s Muslim Question?”. The day-long symposium brought together scholars from across the country  to discuss how successive public debates in Europe and the policies they have enabled have increasingly cast local Muslim populations not only as a security threat, but also in opposition to the secular and liberal values considered foundational for a European identity. It furthermore investigated the different responses by European Muslim to the discursive and political climate. A number of scholars have shown how young Muslims seek to creatively employ alternative languages that refuse the discursive framework into which Muslims have been placed, especially through cultural production.