My dissertation research focuses on capital city mosque communities in Europe, in relation to urban cultures and histories, while unsettling Euro-centric understandings of modernity. I am also the Principal Investigator for the MAP-NYC project (Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, where I am a fellow), investigating Muslim contributions to NYC. My academic book, Unsettled Islam: Virtuous contention in European mosques, is under contract with University of Chicago Press. I have published in The Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Ethnic & Racial Studies, Social Science & Medicine, The International Journal of Islamic Architecture, . As a sociologist engaged in analyzing real-world challenges, I also write for non-academic sources such as news media, blogs and books. Some of my recent work has been published in The Washington Post, Tablet MagazineFirst Things, A Beautiful PerspectiveGlobal DialoguePolicy TrajectoriesDiscover SocietyUN Dispatch and XoJane. My first non-academic book, On the Edge of the Worlds, chronicles the hilarity and heart-wrenching experiences of cross-cultural marriage in an increasingly divided world. 




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Elisabeth becker