Giulia Liberatore

Lecturer in Muslims in Europe

  • Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Alwaleed Centre
  • Sociology

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Room G.3
19 George Square

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  • [On maternity leave in 2020/21]


I am Lecturer at IMES and Sociology and an academic lead on the Muslims in Europe research theme at the Alwaleed Centre.

I am currently working on an ERC-funded project on Multi-Religious Encounters in Urban Settings with Ammara Maqsood (UCL) and Leslie Fesenmyer (Birmingham). The project theorises inter-religious interactions in non-secular contexts through comparative ethnographic work in Italy, Pakistan, and Kenya.

I joined the university in 2017 as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow working on a 3-year ethnographic project on female Islamic scholarship and guidance in the UK. I have a PhD in Anthropology from the London School of Economics (LSE). My monograph, which is based on my doctoral research, is entitled Somali, Muslim, British: Striving in Securitized Britain (2017) and it chronicles the aspirations of different generations of Somali women as they respond to publicly charged questions of what it means to be Muslim, Somali, and British.

Between 2014-16 I worked at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford

Postgraduate teaching



Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

Keywords: Politics of difference; religious diversity; public religion; Islam/Muslims in Europe; sociology and anthropology of Islam; Somali diaspora, gender and subjectivity.

Affiliated research centres

  • Alwaleed Centre

Project activity

Multi-religious Encounters in Urban Settings (MEUS)




Current project grants

ERC Starting Grant, Horizon 2020

Past project grants

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, for a project on 'Female Muslim Leaders in Britain: Transnational Publics and Changing Forms of Leadership and Authority in Britain'

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