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Emanuelle Degli Esposti

Research Associate, Centre of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge

Dr Emanuelle Degli Esposti is a current Research and Outreach Associate at the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge, where she specialises in the encounter between minority Islam and European secularism.

She holds a PhD and MSc from SOAS, University of London, and a BA from Oxford University.

Dr Degli Esposti's current research examines the public forms of activism undertaken by Shi'a Muslims in Europe, especially those that might be said to be geared towards the cultivation of new forms of minority religious identity. Her research seeks to illuminate the ongoing encounter between Islam and Europe, as well as the evolving dynamics within and between different Islamic sects.

Dr Degli Esposti also holds a British Academy Rising Stars Engagement Award for her project entitled 'Beyond Sectarianism?', which seeks to broaden the conceptual and theoretical tool-kit for academic and policy engagement with intra-communal antagonism. Recent publication outputs include Politics, Contemporary Islam, Religions, and Religion, State & Society, as well as a chapter in an edited volume published by Edinburgh University Press.


  • –present
    Research Associate, Centre of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge