As an Open Society Fellow, political scientist Hishaam Aidi is examining the cultural policies that governments in the United States and Europe have adopted to “integrate” their Muslim communities. Aidi, who teaches at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, is also looking at new cultural and political movements within Muslim communities and the ethnic and racial consciousness that they are expressing.
Aidi is the co-editor, with the late Manning Marable, of Black Routes to Islam (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). He is a contributing editor of Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Culture, Politics and Society, and has written for Africana, Middle East Report, ColorLines, and the London-based New African on issues of race, globalization and Afro-diasporan culture. As a Carnegie Scholar from 2008 to 2009, he researched Muslim youth and identity formation in urban centers in America and Western Europe. Aidi holds a doctorate in political economy from Columbia University.