Malika Zeghal is the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Contemporary Thought and Life at Harvard University and a political scientist who studies religion through the lens of Islam and power. She is particularly interested in Islamist movements and in the institutionalisation of Islam in the Muslim world, with special focus on the Middle East and North Africa in the post-colonial period and on Muslim diasporas in North America and Western Europe. She has more general interests in the circulation and role of religious ideologies in situations of conflict and/or dialogue.
Her has published a study of central religious institutions in Egypt [Gardiens de l’Islam. Les oulémas d’al-Azhar dans l’Egypte contemporaine (Presses de Sciences Po, 1996)], and a volume on Islam and politics in Morocco [Islamism in Morocco: Religion, Authoritarianism, and Electoral Politics (Markus Wiener, 2008)], which won the French Voices-Pen American Center Award. She has recently edited a special issue of the Revue des Mondes Musulmans et de la Méditerranée (123, July 2008) on new intellectual debates in contemporary Islam (Intellectuels de l’islam contemporain. Nouvelles générations, nouveaux débats). She is currently working on a book on states, secularity and Islam in the contemporary Arab world, which is forthcoming from Princeton University Press.