Nilüfer Göle is a professor of sociology at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Her research themes are Islamic veiling, public sphere, secularism and multiple modernities. She works on the ways Islam becomes visible in European public spaces and engenders a series of debates on religious and cultural difference. Her sociological approach aims to open up a new reading of modernity from a non-western perspective that in turn produces a broader critique of Eurocentrism in the definitions of secular modernity.
• Europe and Islam: The Lure of Fundamentalism and the Allure of
Cosmopolitanism, (Princeton, Marcus Weiner, forthcoming 2010).
• ‘European Self-Presentations and Narratives Challenged by Islam: Secular
Modernity in Question’, in E. Gutierrez-Rodriguez, M. Boatca, S. Costa
(eds), Decolonising European Sociology. Transdisciplinary Approaches,
(Ashgate, 2010), 102-115.