ISIS- Interdisciplinary Seminar on Islamic Studies. American Muslims and the Reform of Islam
Zareena Grewal is a historical anthropologist and a documentary filmmaker whose research focuses on race, gender, religion, nationalism, and transnationalism across a wide spectrum of American Muslim communities. Her first book, Islam is a Foreign Country: American Muslims and the Global Crisis of Authority (NYU 2013), is an ethnography of transnational Muslim networks that link US mosques to Islamic movements in the post-colonial Middle East through debates about the reform of Islam. Her first film, By the Dawn’s Early Light: Chris Jackson’s Journey to Islam (Cinema Guild 2004), examines the racialization of Islam and the scrutiny of American Muslims’ patriotism long before September 11,, 2001. Her new project combines ethnographic and cultural studies analyses with historical research on the range of meanings the Quran has had for Americans in relation to national debates about religious tolerance. She was a Fulbright Fellow in Egypt (2002-3) and she received the Fulbright's prestigious Islamic Civilization Grant. Zareena received her doctorate from the interdisciplinary Program in Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan.