Uriya Shavit is an associate professor in Islamic studies and Head of the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies as well as the Graduate Program in Religious Studies at Tel Aviv University. He specializes in the study of modern Islamic theology and law and the sociology of Muslim minorities in the West. He is the author of nine academic books and several dozen articles in these fields. He frequently comments on Middle Eastern affairs on Israeli national media and in the international media. Shavit’s most recent books are Islamism and the West (Routledge, 2014), Shari‘a and Muslim Minorities (Oxford University Press, 2015), Zionism in Arab Discourses (Manchester University Press, 2016) and Scientific and Political Freedom in Islam (Routledge, 2017).
Presented lecture: Islamic Law, Muslim Minorities and the European State
The seminar examines conflicts between Islamic norms and the norms of European liberal states, how Muslim jurists attempted to resolve these conflicts, and how mosque attendees respond to these attempts. Among the issues studied: citizenship; electoral participation; service in NATO forces, bans on hijabs in schools, interest-based loans, playing football, and Christmas celebrations
Selective list of publications:
- Arab Discourses on Zionism (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016). (with Ofir Winter).
- “Muslims are the New Jews’ in the West: Reflections on Contemporary Parallelisms,” Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 36:1 (March 2016), 1-15.
- “Ramadan in Iceland: A Tale of Two Mosques,” Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations (March 2016), pp. 1-21.
- Shari’a and Muslim Minorities: The wasati and salafi approaches to fiqh al-aqalliyyat al-Muslima (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015).
- “The Muslim Brothers’ Conception of Armed Insurrection against an Unjust Regime,” Middle Eastern Studies, 51:4 (July 2015), 610-617.
- “Zionism as Told By Rashid Rida,” The Journal of Israeli History, 34:1 (January 2015), 23-44.
- Islamism and the West: From “Cultural Attack” to “Missionary Migrant” (London: Routledge, 2014).
- “Theology of Migration: Towards a Comparative Conceptualization,” The Journal of Levantine Studies, 4:2 (Winter 2014), pp. 9-38. (Primary author, with Galia Sabar et al.)
- “The Evolution of Darwin to a ‘Unique Christian Species’ in Modernist-Apologetic Arab-Islamic Thought,” Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, published on-line 5.9.14, published in the print edition 26:1 (January 2015), pp. 17-32.
- The New Imagined Community: Global Media and the Construction of National and Muslim Identities of Migrants (Brighton, Portland and Vancouver: Sussex Academic Press, 2009).