Rachel Marion Scott

Associate Professor


203 Major Williams Hall, Virginia Tech
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061




Department Membership

Religion and Culture


  • Modern Islamic political thought
  • Islamism in Egypt
  • Religion and law
  • Islam and constitutions
  • Modern Islamic historiography

Professional Activities

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Middle East Studies Association 


  • Ph.D. SOAS, University of London
  • M.Phil., University of Oxford
  • B.A., University of Oxford

Awards and Honors

University Nominee for Carnegie Fellowship, 2015

Certificate of Teaching Excellence, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, 2014-2015

Selected Publications


The Challenge of Political Islam: Non-Muslims and the Egyptian State (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2010). One of five finalists for the American Academy of Religion’s 2010 “Best First Book in the History of Religions.”


“Citizenship, Public Order, and State Sovereignty: Article 3 of the Egyptian Constitution and the ‘Divinely Revealed Religions,’” Arab Citizenship in the New Political Era, forthcoming with Brill, 2016.

“Managing Religion and Renegotiating the Secular: The Muslim Brotherhood and Defining the Religious Sphere,” Politics & Religion, 7 (1), 2014, pp. 51-78.

“What would the Muslim Brotherhood do with al-Azhar? Religious Authority in Egypt,” Die Welt Des Islams: International Journal for the Study of Modern Islam, 52 (2), 2012, pp. 131-65.

“A Contextual Approach to Women’s Rights in the Qur’ān: Readings of 4:34,” Muslim World, Vol. 99, No. 1 (January 2009), pp. 60-85.

Additional Information

Current book project: The Egyptian Constitution: The Modern State, Secularism, and Islamic Law