Schirin (Shireen) Amir Moazami
is an Iranian Professor who lives in Berlin, Germany
Her Life Story: After having studied Political Sciences, Sociology and Social Work at Universities in Frankfurt/Main, Marseille, Paris and Berlin, Professor Amir-Moazami earned a PhD at the European University Institute in Florence in the Department of Social and Political Sciences in 2004. She then taught courses in different universities and programs (Free University, Humboldt University and Europa-University Viadrina) on historical and contemporary perspectives of gender and Islam, and questions related to conceptions and practices of dealing with cultural-religious plurality in liberal-democratic contexts. Parallel to that, she was involved in research projects on Islamic teaching in France and Germany and on transnational dimensions of Muslims in Europe (funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung).
Since 2009 she is Assistant Professor for “Islam in Europe” at the department of Islamic Studies at Free University Berlin and a Principal Investigator at the Berlin Graduate School for Muslim Cultures and Societies. In this position she teaches courses on undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels related to Islam in Europe from historical and contemporary perspectives with a strong emphasis on theoretical and methodological questions.
Some of her Publications
2012 (with Frank Peter): "The Govermentalism of Islam in Europe: Management of Diversity, Dialogue and Islamophobia in Secular Public Spheres" in Current Sociology May 2012.
2012 “Gendered Islam under State Surveillance”, in Dietrich Reetz (ed.): Living Islam in Europe. Leiden, Brill.
Some of her Book Reviews
2009 John R. Bowen: Why the French Don't Like Headscarves. Islam, the State and Public Space,
American Ethnologist, 35/4, 4051-4054.
2009 Lamia Ben Youssef Zayzafoon: The Production of the Muslim Woman: Negotiating Text, History, and Ideology, Lanham: Lexington Books, 2005, in Journal of Middle East Women's Studies, 5/1, 94-97.
Her CBC Radio Interview
In the wake of the vicious terrorist attacks in Paris, the question of the Muslim presence in France and indeed, in all of Europe, has been thrown into sharp relief. Of 500 million people in the European Union, there are 20 million Muslims. Many consider themselves fully integrated; others are disaffected, even alienated, from mainstream society. Cultural differences, discrimination and unemployment can create fertile ground for the recruitment of young jihadis. And terrorist attacks can create a backlash that contributes to greater discrimination.
The CBC Radio host Michael Enright talks to guests from four European capitals: Elham Manea (Zurich), Rosemary Hollis (London), Dominique Moisi (Paris), and Schirin Amir-Moazami (Berlin)
Collected and Prepared by
Manouchehr Saadat Noury, PhD
Collection of Notes, Articles, and Letters