Asef Bayat is an Iranian-American scholar. He is currently the Catherine and Bruce Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies and Professor of Sociology and Middle Eastern studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was previously Professor of Sociology and Middle Eastern studies and held the Chair of Society and Culture of the Modern Middle East at Leiden University, The Netherlands. He served as Academic Director of the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) and ISIM Chair of Islam and the Modern World at Leiden University (2003- 2009). Bayat has published widely on issues of political sociology, social movements, urban space and politics, the everyday of politics and religiosity, contemporary Islam, and the Muslim Middle East. He has conducted extensive studies on the Iranian Islamic Revolution, Islamist movements in comparative perspective since the 1970s, the non-movements of the urban poor, Muslim youth, and women, the politics of fun, and the Arab Spring.
Nermin Allam is an Assistant Professor of Politics at Rutgers University-Newark. Allam holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in International Relations and Comparative Politics from the University of Alberta, Canada. Her areas of research interest include: Social movements; gender politics; Middle Eastern and North African studies; and political Islam. Allam’s research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, International Development Research Centre, and the American Political Science Association. She held a Social Science and Humanities Research Council postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University.
Nareman Amin received her PhD in Religion from Princeton University. Her research focuses on religious authority, affect, political participation and Muslim youth culture. Her dissertation, “Revolutionary Religion: Youth and Islam in Post-2011 Egypt,” is an ethnographic work that examines how political participation in a revolution can change the landscape of religious discourse and practice. In particular, she explores how Muslim youth partaking in the 2011 Egyptian uprising affectively responded to the promise and ultimate demise of a revolution. Her work is published in Die Welt des Islams and Islamic Law and Society (forthcoming). She has an MA in Political Science from the University of South Florida and a BA in History from the American University in Cairo.
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