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Sofian Merabet

Assistant ProfessorPh.D., Columbia University

Sofian Merabet



Socio-Cultural Theory/Psychoanalysis/Urban Studies/Gender Studies/Queer Theory/Muslim World, Europe, and South America


I am a socio-cultural anthropologist with an expertise in the modern Middle East (with a focus on Lebanon and Syria) and the wider Muslim world, including Muslim immigrant communities in Europe and the Arab Diaspora in South America (especially Argentina). My interdisciplinary research analyzes the human geography of queer identity formations and the social production of queer space as constitutive features of wider class, religious, and gender relations. My professional interests draw on comparative methodologies and approaches ranging from religious and cultural history to the politics of sexuality.


EUS 306 • Muslims In Europe

35343 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm BUR 220
(also listed as ANT 310L, ISL 311)

The topic of the course is the complicated politics of ethics and leadership among

Muslims in contemporary France and Germany. This class is intended to expose students

to ethical issues pertaining to religious identity formation in two different countries of the

European Union. Moreover, in an effort to apply ethical reasoning in real-life situations,

we will work to grasp the similarities and differences regarding everyday religious

politics of ethics and leadership among Muslims living in France and Germany today,

especially as these are shaped by historical processes associated with colonialism and

nation-state-building, as well as by the power of representations mobilized in a global

world. While the perspective of this course will be primarily anthropological, it will also

be informed by historical, sociological, and legal approaches in an attempt to engage

perspectives across various social science disciplines and the law. Based on the close

reading of four recently published ethnographies about Muslim life in France and

Germany, we will discuss how a consideration of current debates about religion and the

state helps us understand the ethical relationship between the recognition of a lasting

Muslim presence, the ways in which the state tries to institutionalize it in an effort of

cooptation and control, and the challenges of circulating counter-discourses of European

Muslim identity today. Moreover, the course will draw on cinematographic materials that

illustrate some of the current debates surrounding Muslim identity formation in Europe.



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