Rachel Marion Scott

Rachel Marion Scott, Associate Professor

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Rachel Marion Scott, Associate Professor

Department of Religion and Culture
203 Major Williams Hall, Virginia Tech
220 Stanger Street

Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-4848 | rmscott@vt.edu

  • Rachel Marion Scott is an Associate Professor in the Department of Religion and Culture.
  • Current book project: The Egyptian Constitution: The Modern State, Secularism, and Islamic Law
  • Modern Islamic political thought
  • Islamism in Egypt
  • Religion and law
  • Islam and constitutions
  • Modern Islamic historiography
  • Ph.D. SOAS, University of London
  • M.Phil., University of Oxford
  • B.A., University of Oxford
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Middle East Studies Association 
  • University Nominee for Carnegie Fellowship, 2015
  • Certificate of Teaching Excellence, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, 2014-2015


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.”

Journal Articles

“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.

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