Personlig profil


I have degrees in Political Science and Islamic Studies, as well as a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, University of Hamburg, Germany. My main field of research is the modernization of the Muslim world in applying theories of world society, historical political sociology, and the sociology of knowledge. Many stays in Muslim countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East have accompanied this research. In thematic terms, I have conducted studies on the relationship between Islam and politics, Islamic Reform, the evolution of the discipline of Islamic Studies, modern state formation, as well as on war and conflict in the Middle East. This research has been partly funded by grants from Carlsberg Foundation, Danish Social Science Research Council, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, and the German Academic Exchange Service. My current research program ”The Modern Muslim Subjectivities Project” received funding from the Danish Council for Independent Research and from VELUX Foundation. Between August 2013 and December 2017, I have been a partner at the Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts (CRIC;, funded by the Danish Council for Strategic Research. Since 2012, I have been the editor of the book series ”The Modern Muslim World” at Palgrave MacMillan, New York. 


During my career I hold Fellowships and Visiting Professorships at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, University of Victoria; Political Science Department, University of the Bundeswehr, Munich; Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton; IR Department of Bilkent University, Ankara; Green College, University of British Columbia; Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore and the International Islamic University Malaysia. Since September 2018, I have been the academic coordinator (PI) of the Human Health Project at University of Southern Denmark. My most recent books are Orientalists, Islamists and the Global Public Sphere: A Genealogy of the Modern Essentialist Image of Islam, Sheffield: Equinox (2011); The Politics of Modern Muslim Subjectivities: Islam, Youth and Social Activism in the Middle East, together with Marie Juul Petersen and Sara Lei Sparre, New York: Palgrave (2014); The Levant in Turmoil: Syria, Palestine, and the Transformation of Middle Eastern Politics, together with Martin Beck and Peter Seeberg, New York: Palgrave (2016); Muslim History and Social Theory: A Global Sociology of Modernity, New York: Palgrave (2017); Modern Subjectivities in World Society. Global Structures and Local Practices, edited together with Stephan Stetter, London: Palgrave MacMillan (2018).

For more information about my academic work and career, please see my CV.


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