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Department of Sociology John Jay College, CUNY 899 Tenth Ave., Room 520.07A New York, NY 10019 Phone: (646) 557-4629

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August 2012


2008-present: Assistant Professor. Department of Sociology, John Jay College, City University of New York.

2012-2013: Mellon Sawyer Faculty Fellow. CUNY- Graduate Center Theme: “Democratic Citizenship and the Recognition of Cultural Differences”

2009-10: Visiting scholar. Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion, Columbia University.


2008: Ph.D. Sociology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 2001: M.A. Political Science, University of Utah. 1997: B.A. Sociology, Bogazici University, Istanbul.


Islam Social Theory Cultural Sociology, Religion Muslim intellectual traditions



Finding Mecca in America: How Islam Is Becoming an American Religion

(University of Chicago Press, 2012)

[Based on a dissertation which was the finalist for the ASA Best Dissertation Award in 2009]


Book in progress: Frontiers of American Islam.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“Homeland Insecurity: How Immigrant Muslims Naturalize America in Islam”, Comparative Studies in Society and History, (53:3), 2011.

“Being Targeted, Being Recognized: The Impact of 9/11 on Arab and Muslim Americans,” Contemporary Sociology, (40:2) 2011 [review essay].

“Muslim Ethnic Comedy: Inversions of Islamophobia,” in Islamophobia/Islamophilia: Beyond the Politics of Enemy and Friend, A. Shryock, (ed.), Indiana University Press, 2010.

“Black Turks, White Turks: On the Three Requirements of Turkish Citizenship” Insight Turkey, Vol 11 (3), 2009.

“Said Nursi’s Moral Philosophy,” Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, 19/1, January 2008.

“Conversion out of Islam: A Study of Conversion Narratives of Former Muslims” (with M. Khalil) The Muslim World, January 2007.

“Ummah and Empire: Global Formations after Nation,” pp.313-327, in Blackwell Companion to Contemporary Islamic Thought, Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing, 2006.

“The Fethullah Gulen Movement and Its Politics of Representation in Turkey,” The Muslim World, 96/1: 1-20, 2006.

“American Jihad: Representations of Islam in the United States after 9/11,” American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS), 22/1: 50-69, Winter 2005.

“Globalization, Postmodernism and Islamism,” (Kuresellesme ve Postmodernizmin Islamcilik Uzerindeki Etkileri), in Encyclopedia of Political Thought in Modern Turkey: Islamism, (Modern Türkiye’de Siyasi Düşünce: İslamcılık) Volume 6, Istanbul: İletisim Yayınları, 2004. [in Turkish]

Postcolonial Jihad: Interpretations of War and Resistance in Said Nursi” Proceedings of Seventh International Symposium on Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, pp.294-302, Istanbul: Nesil Publishers, 2004.

“Islam and Politics: Between Orientalism and Muslim Nationalism” Transeuropéennes: An International Journal of Critical Thought, 23: 149-163, Summer 2003.

“Forgetting Gramsci and Remembering Nursi: Parallel Theories of Gramsci and Nursi in the Space of Eurocentrism,” pp.167-179, in I. Aburabi, ed., Islam at the Crossroads: On the Life and Thought of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2003.

"Caprice Hotel: Transforming Islam on the Aegean Coast" ISIM Review 6: 30,

October 2000.

“Islam and the Public Sphere: The Case of Turkey’s Caprice Hotel” (İslam’ın Bronzlaşan Yüzü: Caprice Hotel Örnek Olayi), in New Public Faces of Islam (İslamin Yeni Kamusal Yüzleri) Nilüfer Gole, ed. Istanbul: Metis Publishers, 2000.


Honors Program, John Jay College, CUNY HON 299: “Intellectual Foundations: Virtue,” Fall 2012

Graduate Center, CUNY

MES 71000: “Social Theory and Islam,” Spring 2011

John Jay College, CUNY

ISP B10 125: “Mosques, Veils, Madrasas,” Spring 2011 (Co-taught with Fritz Umbach) Sociology 440: “Introduction to Islam and Muslims,” Fall 2011 Sociology 314: “Theories of Social Order,” Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012 Sociology 440: “Islamophobia: Sociology of a Fear,” Fall 2010 Sociology 305: “Sociology of Law,” Spring 2010 Sociology 440: “Rethinking Violence” (Senior Seminar), Fall 2009 Sociology 314: “Theories of Social Order,” Fall 08, Spr 2010, Fall 09, Spr 09, Fall 2010 Sociology 101: “Introductory Sociology,” Fall 2008, Spring 2009