Associate Professor American Studies, Religious Studies, Middle East Studies
Zareena Grewal is an Associate Professor of American Studies, Religious Studies, Middle East Studies, and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration. A historical anthropologist and a documentary filmmaker, her research on the global Islamic revival cuts across the disciplines of anthropology, history, cultural studies, and Islamic studies. Her award-winning book, Islam is a Foreign Country: American Muslims and the Global Crisis of Authority (NYU 2013), is based on cutting edge research on transnational Muslim intellectual networks that link US mosques to Islamic movements in the Middle East through debates about the reform of Islam. Her documentary film By the Dawn's Early Light: Chris Jackson's Journey to Islam was broadcast on national television in 2006 and explores Islamophobia before September 11, 2001 through the case of NBA star Mahmoud Abdul Rauf's career and biography. Her current book project explores the range of meanings the Quran has for Americans in relation to national debates about political and religious tolerance.