Schirin Amir-Moazami is Professor of Islam in Europe at the Institute of Islamic studies at Freie Universität Berlin. She studied Political Sciences and Sociology in Frankfurt/Main, Berlin, Aix-Marseille and Paris and holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence of the Department of Social and Political Sciences. Amir-Moazami’s research interests encompass critical secular studies, political theory, post- and decolonial studies and politics of the body. She has published widely on topics related to Muslims in Europe, especially in Germany and France with a focus on political secularism, politics of knowledge production, body politics, and governmentality. Currently, she is working on a book project which looks at bureaucratized knowledge and the logics of preventing Islamic extremism in Europe.
In this episode host Candace Mixon and guest Schirin Amir-Moazami discuss Amir-Moazami’s book, _Interrogating Muslims: The Liberal-Secular Matrix of Integration_ as a starting point in discussing topics such state categorizations of religion in the liberal state and considerations of religion and secularism. Through examples of German swimming classes and citizenship tests, Amir-Moazami suggests that in relational moments, there are places to look for state reinforcement of its own bodily needs and governing of subjects that cannot govern themselves.