John R. Bowen, Dunbar-Van Cleve Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, has been studying Islam and society in Indonesia since the late 1970s, and since 2001 has worked in France, England, and North America on problems of pluralism, law, and religion, and in particular on contemporary efforts to rethink Islamic norms and civil law. His most recent book on Indonesia is Islam, Law and Equality in Indonesia: An Anthropology of Public Reasoning (Cambridge, 2003). His Why the French Don’t Like Headscarves (Princeton, 2007) concerned debates in France on Islam and laïcité. Can Islam be French? (Princeton, 2010) treated Muslim debates and institutions in France and appeared in French in 2011. A New Anthropology of Islam from Cambridge and Blaming Islam from MIT Press appeared in 2012, European States and their Muslim Citizens from Cambridge in 2013, and On British Islam from Princeton in 2016. He also writes regularly for The Boston Review, and for media in France, Britain, and the US. Awarded a Guggenheim prize in 2012 and named a Carnegie Fellow in 2016, Professor Bowen has also served as a recurrent Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics.
Department of Religion