Nadia Marzouki

Nadia Marzouki

Nadia Marzouki, a political scientist at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, is researching the growing competition between religious nationalism and what she calls “civic ecumenism."

Religious nationalists invoke liberal-secular values (such as gender equality, sexual freedom, and free speech) to promote a nativist and xenophobic understanding of nationhood and citizenship. By contrast, civic ecumenical coalitions refer to faith-based values to promote civil solidarity, human rights, and socio-political equality. The competition between religious nationalism and civic ecumenism, she argues, more effectively explains current disputes about citizenship, human rights, and nationhood than the outdated opposition between liberal secularism and religious fundamentalism.

Marzouki received her PhD in political science from Sciences-Po, in Paris, and is the author of Islam, an American Religion and the coeditor (with Olivier Roy and Duncan McDonnell) of Saving the People, How Populists Hijack Religion. She has been a Postdoctoral fellow at the Yale Council on Middle Eastern Studies; an Andrew Carnegie Centennial Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School; and a fellow at the Yale Law School’s Kamel Center for Islamic Law. Prior to this, she was a Research Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, in the ERC project ReligioWest, led by Olivier Roy.