Rachel Marion Scott
Department of Religion and Culture
203 Major Williams Hall, Virginia Tech
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-4848 | email@example.com
- Islamic law and personal status law
- Religion, law, and constitutions
- Modern Islamic political thought: citizenship, religious minorities, religious authority, and religion and state
- Islamism (particularly the Muslim Brotherhood) in Egypt
- Religion and secularism
- PhD, in Islamic Studies, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London
- MPhil in Modern Middle East Studies, St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford
- BA in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Pembroke College, University of Oxford
- Co-chair of the Religion and Politics Section at the American Academy of Religion
- Dean’s Faculty Fellowship, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech, 2016
- University nominee for the Carnegie Fellowship, 2015
- Certificate of Teaching Excellence, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech, 2014-15
Recasting Islamic Law: Religion and the Nation State in Egyptian Constitution Making. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2021, forthcoming.
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."
“Managing Religion and Renegotiating the Secular: The Muslim Brotherhood and Defining the Religious Sphere.” Politics & Religion 7 (1), 2014, 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, 131-65.
“A Contextual Approach to Women’s Rights in the Qur’ān: Readings of 4:34.” Muslim World 99 (1), January 2009, 60-85.
“The Role of the ‛ulamā’ in an ‘Islamic Order’: The Early Thought of Muhammad al-Ghazali (1916-1996).” Maghreb Review 32 (2-3), December 2007, 149-74.
“Contextual Citizenship in Modern Islamic Thought.” Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations 18 (1), January 2007, 1-18.
“An ‘Official’ Islamic Response to the Egyptian al-Jihād Movement.” The Journal of Political Ideologies 8 (1) February 2003, 39-61. Republished in Political Islam, Vol. 2, ed. Barry Rubin (Routledge Major Works Series: Critical Concepts in Islamic Studies; London: Routledge, 2006), 39-61.
“Education and Arabism in Damascus at the Turn of the Twentieth Century.” Islamic Culture 72 (3), July 1998, 17-64.
“Citizenship, Public Order, and State Sovereignty: Article 3 of the Egyptian Constitution and the ‘Divinely Revealed Religions.’” The Crisis of Citizenship in the Arab World, eds., Roel Meijer and Nils Butenschøn. Leiden: Brill, 2017, 375-405.
“The Golden Age and the Contemporary Political Order: The Muslim Brotherhood and Early Islam.” Routledge Handbook on Early Islam, ed., Hebert Berg. Abingdon: Routledge, 2017, 258-273.
- Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, RLCL 1024
- Case Studies in Religion and Culture, RLCL 2004
- Islam, RLCL 2324
- Women and Gender in Islam, RLCL 3014 (WGS 3014)
- Islam and the Modern World, RLCL 3604
- Death, Dying, and Mourning (Topics in Religion and Culture), RLCL 4324
- Islamic Political Thought, RLCL/ASPT 5134
- Islamic Conceptions of Justice, ASPT 6204
- Religion and Conflict, ASPT 6204
- Being Modern in the Middle East, ASPT 6204
- Rethinking Secularism: The Post-Secular Turn and its Critics, ASPT 6004—Fall 2020
- Anarchism—Transnational Perspectives, ASPT 6204—Spring 2021
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