a professor of sociology at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. She has taught in Istanbul at Boğaziçi University and has been regularly invited as a visiting scholar to the MIT in Massachusetts and New School in New York. Her research themes are Islamic veiling, public sphere, secularism and multiple modernities. She works on the ways Islam becomes visible in European public spaces and engenders a series of debates on religious and cultural difference. Her sociological approach aims to open up a new reading of modernity from a non-western perspective that in turn produces a broader critique of Eurocentrism in the definitions of secular modernity.
Her pioneer work on the contemporary significations of Islamic headscarf, “The Forbidden Modern, Veiling and Civilization” (University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor 1996) is published in Turkish, French, German and Spanish. In her recent publications she studied from a comparative perspective the emergence of Islam in different publics, [“Islam in public. Turkey, Iran and Europe” (with Ludwig Ammann eds), Istanbul, Bilgi University Press, 2006 (first edition in German 2004)]. In “Interpénétrations, L’islam et l’Europe”, (ed. Galaade, Paris, 2005), she argues that in the last two decades, Islam has become a decisive element of confrontation in self-definition and self-presentation of Europeans. She is currently conducting a European scale research project entitled “Islam in the Making of a European Public Sphere” funded by the European Research Council. Her most recent work is “Islam in Europe: The Lure of Fundamentalism and the Allure of Cosmopolitanism”, Marcus Weiner, Princeton 2010.